Brooklyn Councilman Samuel Horwitz, who for 20 years represented Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. As a member of the City Council from 1973 to 1993, he sponsored Intro 2, the 1986 landmark gay rights bill.
He held public hearings as the chairman of the General Welfare Committee and shepherded the bill out of committee, allowing its passage by the full council and signing by Mayor Ed Koch.
In 1985, after the retirement of Councilman Thomas Cuite, Horwitz was positioned to become Majority Leader of the Council with support from the Brooklyn and Manhattan delegations.
Queens Councilman Peter Vallone went on to win the speaker position by one vote after a coalition led by Donald Manes of Queens and Stanley Friedman of the Bronx lured the support of Manhattan Councilman Robert Dryfoos to change his vote at the last minute and support Vallone. The affair became known as the Dryfoos Betrayal. (Penner)
Next to Horowitz is the Bronx's Jerry Crispino, who later became a New York Supreme Court Justice. Mr. Crispino's most famous legislation was requiring restaurants to graphically show the Heimlich maneuver. Next up is Ruth Messinger of Manhattan who ran and lost to Mayor Giuliani in 1997. A number of Queens legislators endorsed Rudy in that race. (Gottlieb)
A political liberal, Messinger was pro-choice and opposed the death penalty. During her 1997 campaign, she was nearly forced into a Democratic primary runoff with Reverend Al Sharpton, but avoided it by receiving 40 percent of the vote during a recount. (Penner)
Seated on the left is Howard Beach's Walter Ward, who represented south Queens in the council for a generation. This gentleman legislator lost his seat due to the Crown Heights turmoil aftermath in 1993 to Republican Al Stabile. (Gottlieb)
Councilman Archie Spigner served as deputy majority leader of the City Council, and is considered the Godfather or African American politics in southeast Queens. He served from 1974 until term limits forced him into retirement in 2001. (Penner)
Seated, on the right is Herb Berman, a Brooklyn Councilman who was term limited out of office and lost the city comptroller's race to Bill Thompson in 2001. (Gottlieb)
Thanks for responding gentleman, we'll dig up another photo soon.