Sunday, marked the 20th traditional annual breakfast was amassed by a full house of Newark residents and political candidates at the Robert Treat hotel event. The event packed on the rumor that the Mayor might endorse and join the ticket of Ras Baraka for mayor’s ticket. Sparked by a large 12 x 12 ft poster of Luis Quintana and Ras Baraka in a supportive embrace and a noted remaining slot on Mr. Baraka’s ticket, further gave wave of the potential alignment. But this announcement never came to be. At least for now the Mayor, who has been running independently for re-election for his council-at-large seat, maintained his neutral position.
Quintana thanked Baraka for his presence, but did not endorse him, irking the candidate and his brother, Amiri “Middy” Baraka, who serves as campaign manager. Mayor Quintana spoke about being a neutral independent voice and a unifier in Newark heated political race. He pledge to work with all parties to preserved and grow the great city of Newark. “He is busy dealing with being the current mayor and running for re-election,” said Quintana spokeswoman Esmeralda Diaz Cameron on Monday, who confirmed that Quintana still has not endorsed any mayoral candidate. “He’s too busy dealing with the day-to-day operations of being a hands-on mayor.”
Awards were presented to the following; Rosa Reyes Maldonado, President of Local 617, Alva Rodriguez, Business Women Award, Barbara Davis, Senior Advocate, Diego Munoz, Writer and Businessman; Eulises Roman Community Advocate; Shirley Burns, Senior Advocate; Carlos Hidalgo, Advocate for Equality; Maria Manangao, Senior Program, Focus, Inc;
The Man of the Year award went to Bishop Jethro James, Jr, of Paradise Baptist Church. Two scholarship were awarded to Reggie Mickens, Barringer High School Senior,and Neolani Landry, currently attending Rutgers University.