Albany, NY- On May 9th, 2009, over 180 community members attended a dinner dance in honor of former Congressman Michael McNulty organized by the Armenian National Committee of Albany (ANC of Albany). The event, dedicated to Congressman McNulty’s twenty years of service to the community representing Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Amsterdam, Gloversville and Johnstown, offered an opportunity for Armenian Americans to thank him in person for his dedication to the Armenian cause.
Emceeing the event, former native of the Albany community, Isabel Ohanian, reflected on McNulty’s genuine commitment to the district as well as read remarks from Troy’s Mayor, Harry Tutunjian. Also speaking at the event were Congressman Paul Tonko, who currently represents the 21st District, ANC of Albany Chair, Antranig Karageozian, ANC of NY chairman, Raffi Mahserdjian, and ANCA Eastern Region Executive Director, Karine Birazian, who all congratulated Congressman McNulty on his retirement.
Offering remarks, McNulty reflected on his visit to Armenia during its independence referendum and the effect it had during his time in Congress. He recalled his visit to the various towns and cities, serving as an election observer, and recalled the enthusiasm at the polling places as Armenians cast their votes. He closed his remarks by stating “Getzeh Azad Angakh Haiastan” (Long live free and independent Armenia).”
Following the event, Birazian commended the ANC of Albany for hosting such a successful event. “This was a great opportunity to honor and thank one of our great leaders in this nation. We are grateful that Congressman Tonko is following in the footsteps of such a dedicated individual.”
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.