Justice Alito helps cut ribbon on Brooklyn Bar Association’s new boardroom
When Arthur Aidala became president of the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA), he had three priorities in mind: he hoped to plan a group trip to Cuba, he wanted to have U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito visit to give a speech to BBA members, and he hoped to renovate the boardroom.
Aidala achieved the first goal in February when 31 BBA members took off for a week-long educational tour of Cuba, and he achieved the other two goals last Wednesday night when Justice Alito officially cut the ribbon during a ceremony to unveil the new boardroom.
“When I told [Executive Director of the BBA Avery Eli Okin] that I wanted to go to Cuba, he looked at me like I said I wanted to do drugs in the courthouse,” Aidala joked. “When I told him I wanted to update the boardroom, he said that it’s not going to happen, and when I told him I wanted Justice Alito to come here, he said maybe.
“We got Cuba out of the way, and tonight, we accomplished the last two goals,” he said. “Getting the idea, raising the money and then actually getting it done is, I feel, a great achievement. It was a difficult task, and I’m so excited right now.”