A meeting of the minds at borough hall
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We didn't receive nearly as many responses to this week's request to help us identify the people in the mystery photo from our archives, but we did get a few responses from people whose history in Queens politics is not doubt long and extensive.

And for the most part, the responses agreed on everyone...almost.

Starting from the left, everyone agreed this is Jeremy Weinstein, who was elected to the State Senate in 1978 and served until 1993, when he was elected a judge. Let's skip the next person, as there was some debate as to just who that is.

Everyone agreed the next person is Manny Gold, although we had some folks try to tell us it was Mario Cuomo (!). Gold was elected to the Assembly in 1978 and served through 1994. Gold was ahead of his time. He gained notoriety, according to an Albany Times Union report from 1991, for brandishing an AK-47 at a press conference, lamenting how easy it was for him to purchase the automatic weapon on his way up to Albany. He has since passed away.

Next to him is Anthony Seminerio, who represented parts of Glendale and Richmond Hill in the Assembly for almost 30 years, until he resigned in 2009 following an indictment that he took large kickbacks through a consulting firm. He died two years later in 2011.

Next to him is Alan Gershuny, a longtime aide to disgraced former Queens Borough President Donald Manes, who was in office when this photo was taken. And next to him is Claire Shulman (really the only person we here at Pol Position were sure about). She also worked for Manes, and would later replace him as borough president after he resigned. She would go on to serve three terms at the post.

At at the far end of the table, we have Saul Weprin, who served in the Assembly. Weprin was elected to office in 1962, and eventually ascended to the speaker post in 1991, where he stayed until his death in 1994. One of his sons, David Weprin, still holds the same seat as his father, and another son, Mark, serves on the City Council.

The person we skipped came up for some debate. One person thought it might be one Harvey Katz, who was a member of Community Board 6, but most people thought it was Alan Hevesi. In addition to serving as both city and state comptroller, Hevesi was an assemblyman from 1971 to 1983.

He would have been in that post when this photo was likely taken, and since the picture includes so many other state legislators, we have to imagine that Hevesi is the correct guess.

Thanks to everyone who responded, we'll look for some more photos from the archives in the future.

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