28th Anniversary “Lunch with Lambda” Draws a Who’s Who of the N.Y. Political World

The 28th Anniversary Lunch with Lambda on Sunday, April 8th was a resounding success. This year’s honorees included Brooklyn’s Bishop Zachary Jones of the Unity Fellowship Church; the LGBT community-based organization Rainbow Heights Club, represented by its Director Christian Huygen; Councilmember Letitia James and LID Executive Board member and community activist Jonathan Lovett.

A who’s who of the New York political world attended, including Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn, New York City Comptroller William Thompson and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. They were joined by Congressmember Major Owens; Councilmembers Bill de Blasio, David Yassky, Yvette Clark and Lew Fidler; Assemblymembers Adele Cohen, Joan Millman, Nick Perry and James Brennan; State Senators Velmanette Montgomery, Martin Connor and Carl Andrews.

In attendance from the Brooklyn judiciary were several Civil Court judges, including L.I.D.’s own Debra Silber, Karen Rothenberg, Ellen Spodek, Shawndya Simpson, Delores Thomas, Jack Battaglia, Loren Bailey Schiffman, Betty Williams and Michael Gerstein.

We were also joined by former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green running for State Attorney General and his rival, former Clinton West Wing staffer Sean Patrick Maloney. District Leaders included Queens’ Danny Dromm, former L.I.D. President Alan Fleishman and Lori Knipel. Our LGBT community friends in attendance included Dirk McCall, President of the Stonewall Democratic Club, Torrence Allen., President of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats and Bruce Friedman, President of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens.

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