Every February, many of the state’s elected officials gather for a three-day weekend of policy seminars and parties hosted by the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.

The event – known as Caucus Weekend – is officially about raising funds for scholarships, but it also provides an opportunity to schmooze, share the latest political gossip and spend time with friends and colleagues.

This year, the gathering will run from Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Empire State Plaza, the Hilton Hotel and other locations in Albany.

On Friday night, City & State is partnering with the organizers, as well as the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, to kick off Caucus Weekend with a cocktail reception. The reception, which runs from 9 p.m.-midnight at The State Room at 100 State St., will feature remarks by Assemblywoman Michele Titus, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other elected officials.

And at City & State’s event, the city and state caucuses will honor two lawmakers and two advocates that they selected as this year’s rising stars and lifetime achievement honorees. To learn more about these honorees, read on.

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