Brooklyn political bigwigs host annual gala in Mill Basin

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Political bigwigs of Brooklyn held their annual Democratic County Gala on May 9 in Mill Basin to honor business leaders, legal eagles, and the party’s elite.

The celebration, held at El Caribe in Mill Basin, was put on by party Chairman Frank Seddio, who played host to more than 300 of Kings County’s most notable guests.

Former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden was the night’s guest of honor, receiving the first annual William C. Thompson Sr. memorial award, named for the borough’s first African-American state Senator, who went on to serve on the State Supreme Court in 1973.

Presenting the honor to Golden was William C. Thompson Jr. — the son of the award’s namesake — who served as the city’s two-term Comptroller.

Other honorees included George Gresham, the former president of the 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, the largest healthcare union in the United State, who was bestowed a citation by Seddio himself.

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, the chairman of the Committee on Governmental Employees, was also among the night’s five honorees, receiving accolades along with Taxi and Limousine Commission CEO Meera Joshi and Federation of Italian-American Organizations head G. Jack Spatola.

The night was capped off with speeches from various bigwigs, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who spoke to the Democrats about the state of politics and the upcoming presidential election.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 12:34 pm, May 20, 2019
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