|Large turnout for Rowley in NY |
By CLINT CHAN TACK Friday, July 18 2014
THE People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday refuted claims from the United National Congress (UNC) that Opposition Leader and People’s National Movement (PNM) political leader, Dr Keith Rowley, received a poor reception from TT nationals living in New York during his recent trip there.
In refuting claims of a poor turnout and TT nationals in New York having no interest in hearing what Rowley had to say, the PNM provided photos to show support for Rowley during the trip.
In its statement, the PNM said the Medgar Evers College Auditorium “was filled to capacity on Friday July 11, with standing room only, as Dr Rowley delivered the feature address focused on the current situation in Trinidad and Tobago.”
The PNM said the audience consisted of members of the diaspora who, even though they reside overseas, are “very concerned and invested in our beloved TT.” The party described Rowley’s address as very candid, and that he stressed the important role TT nationals living abroad play in the country’s development.
Rowley announced his application for the job of Prime Minister at the end of his speech and the PNM said this “was received with a lofty and lengthy round of applause.” After the formal proceedings, Rowley and other members of his contingent “mingled freely with the crowd.”
On July 12, Rowley and his team were hosted to brunch at the Sugar Cane Restaurant in Brooklyn. Following the brunch, the delegation met nationals residing in Queens on Monday,
Rowley and his team met with nationals residing in New Jersey. Vic Deluca, the Mayor of Maplewood, New Jersey, attended that meeting.
Rowley and his team returned home on Wednesday. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her grandson Kristiano returned home from a private trip to Brazil on the same day.
In an earlier statement, the UNC claimed that Rowley got a turnout of less than a dozen persons, over 50 years in age, in a Brooklyn Church.
The UNC alleged that Rowley was “unable to advance a single idea” to solve the problems facing the country today.