Commemorating the club’s 114 years – making it the oldest Democratic club in Brooklyn - longtime Assemblyman Joseph Lentol stood alongside District Leader Steve Cohn throughout the night, helping greet and usher in the many political leader who attended.
State senator and public advocate candidate Daniel Squadron and comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu were among the many that came up as Cohn presented watches, trophies and awards for their work over the last year.
“You are the Democratic Party, all of you folks that are here today,” Lentol told the crowd. “We represent you, but you’re the ones that do the work so that we can stay in office and we appreciate that very much.”
Borough President Marty Markowitz attended the dinner to thank Cohn and the Seneca Club for their effort in honoring “residents, institutions and organizations” and also throw his weight behind Lentol to take over as the next Assembly speaker.
“If I would roll the dice, I would hope that Joe Lentol would be the next speaker,” Markowitz said. “I’m not suggesting that anything happen to Shelly Silver, I respect him enormously, but Joe Lentol, boy would he be fabulous.”
Former councilman and current mayoral candidate Sal Albanese also spoke at the dinner to briefly pitch his campaign platform and thank the club for their support over the years.
“I believe this year we’re going to have a Democratic mayor and I believe it will be me,” Albanese said. “I believe that the Democratic values will certainly be in effect in New York City, and we’re going to make sure the city is affordable for average people.”
Supreme Court hopefuls Betty J. Williams, Dawn Jimenez-Salta, Deborah Silver and others also asked for club support in the coming elections. Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman Frank Seddio was also presented an award at the dinner.
“If there’s a staple in the south it’s the TJ (Thomas Jefferson) Club, then there’s a staple in the north and it’s the Seneca Club, and the two of us together make the difference in the entire county when it comes to making Democrats get elected,” Seddio said. “That’s our job and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”