Revisting a groundbreaking
Aug 05, 2020 | 9799 views | 0 0 comments | 1158 1158 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We ran this undated photo from our archives asking for help identifying some of the people and even the event they were attending, and we received several responses from our helpful readers.

On the left is Emanuel Gold. He was a former state assemblyman (1970-1971) and state senator (1972-1988). “Manny” lived in Kew Gardens Hills and then in Parker Towers in Forest Hills.

An experienced attorney, he died in 2013. He is known as the author of the Son of Sam Act, which prevents criminals from commercially exploiting their crime.

Next to Manny is Melinda Katz, the current district attorney of Queens. She has a long history in Queens County politics.

She took over a City Council position from the term-limited Karen Koslowitz (who now holds the exact same seat until she will be term-limited out of office – again! – next year) in 2002. In fact, the woman with her hand on Gold’s shoulder bears a striking resemblance to Koslowitz.

Katz remained in the City Council until 2013. Her bid for city Comptroller was a losing cause, but she won the race for Queens Borough President in 2013, and left Borough Hall earlier this year to take the job as top attorney in Queens.

On the extreme right is former Republican state senator Serphin Maltese. He won his seat in 1980, taking over from Marty Knorr. Maltese lost his position to Joe Addabbo in 2008.

Another reader identified the gentleman standing third from the right with dark hair as Charles Gargano.

In the Reagan administration, he served as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. Later, he would head the Empire State Development Corporation under Governor George Pataki.

Some other notable positions he has held include deputy administrator of the Federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration and a commissioner on the board of the Port Authority.

The photo may have been taken at a groundbreaking ceremony, and perhaps Gargano is there because the project received funds from the Empire State Development Corporation.

Yet another reader noted that the spade Gold is holding reads “Forest Hills Restoration Ground Breaking Ceremony May 1, 1997, lending credence to the groundbreaking hypothesis.

If you have any old photos of political events in Queens or Brooklyn you would like to share with our readers, send them to

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet