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Past Brooklyn Bar Association President Arthur Aidala honored by Thomas Jefferson Club

Seddio: Dem Party is United in Opposition of President Trump

November 21, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
From left: Hon. Frank Seddio, District Attorney-elect Eric Gonzalez, honoree Arthur Aidala and Imran Ansari. Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo
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A collection of the biggest names in the Brooklyn Democratic Party were on hand at El Caribe Sunday night as four were honored during the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club’s 62nd annual dinner dance in Mill Basin, including Arthur Aidala, past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.

Aidala was honored alongside Elizabeth Perez, a district representative for Districts 13 and 76 and the Brooklyn borough representative for United Federation of Teachers union; legendary gay rights activist Allen Roskoff; and community activist Joel Cohen.

The evening was a celebration of the party as Democrats including State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressmembers Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries, Public Advocate Letitia James, City Councilmember Alan Maisel, state Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, Assemblymember Jaime Williams, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and District Attorney-elect Eric Gonzalez gave brief speeches rallying club members.

Hon. Frank Seddio, leader of the Kings County Democratic Party, spoke about how the party has managed to rally together over the last year as a result of the election of President Donald Trump.

“I think that people are living in fear because of the uncertainty of the future and a lack of real leadership from Trump,” Seddio said. “It has created a terrible anxiety that things are going to get worse. We’ve already seen a rise in antisemitism and hate crimes and he’s fueled that time and time again.

“The greatest thing to come from his election is that it has gotten us all to work together to get rid of him,” Seddio continued. “Us Democrats need to fight to take back our government and that starts with the 2018 election for Congress. It’s a bit fight, but one we know will start right here in our own backyard.”

Honoree Allen Roskoff spoke about some of the damaging effects of Trump’s presidency in his speech and talked about the importance of rallying together.

“As everyone knows, as far as I’m concerned, this is the worst catastrophe for our country, the worst,” Roskoff said. “We have a racist, fascist, stupid man as president of the United States. He is insane and he’s undoing everything that Barack Obama did … Everybody in this room must do something against the president every single day. March, protest, make calls. As good Democrats, we must fight the racism.”

Aidala was introduced by Frank Carone, who spoke of the distinguished career Aidala has had and the importance of his family to his life. As if on cue, Aidala introduced his mother Mary Ann Aidala to the crowd of more than 500 and wished her a happy birthday.

“If there is one thing growing up with Mary Ann and Louis Aidala, if there was one word I would use, it is ‘love,’ and inclusiveness is a part of the love,” Aidala said. “The front door was always open, the water was always boiling so they could throw pasta in if it was 11 in the morning or 11 in the evening. It didn’t matter because everyone was welcome.

“I think we need to think about that a little more in politics,” Aidala continued. “Before we’re Republicans and Democrats, before we’re Brooklynites, New Yorkers and Americans, we’re human beings and we can’t lose sight of our humanity. Conduct yourselves with class, dignity, elegance and humanity. Love your fellow human being whether they are a Dem or Republican, whether they are bald or have hair.”

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