Besides Donald Manes at the ribbon cutting, we have, on the far left New York State Assemblyman Tony Seminerio (1935-2010), a dedicated legislator and community activist who was elected in 1978 against a strong Republican opponent supported by District Leader Wilfred Dalton. Tony was a former Corrections Officer and lobbyist for his union in Albany. He lost his seat in 2009 due to a lobbying scandal.
Looking over Manes' left shoulder is Rego Park Assemblyman and World War II veteran Ralph Goldstein, elected in 1976 and known for his efforts at passage of the "Lemon Law" dealing with auto defects. His death in 1986 left an open seat taken by Joe Crowley, who subsequently became a congressman and Democratic leader of Queens.
Fourth from the left is Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette of Jackson Heights. Still with us, Mr. Lafayette retired in 2008 after serving 32 years in the Assembly. He is know for his successful advocacy of pre-K education.
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