Generally Speaking: Young GOP’ers hail Seth Low’s birthday

Young GOP’ers hail Seth Low’s birthday

Members of Brooklyn’s independent Young Republican Club trekked to Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park to commemorate the 163rd birthday of Seth Low, who is a permanent tenant of the historic graveyard.

Up on a grassy hill near his large white concrete monument, the GOP’ers toasted and saluted the man they credit with founding the first Brooklyn Young Republican organization and having served as its first president.

Glen NoceraLuke Vander Linden. The Brooklyn GOP also has another rival young Republican Club, headed by 47th A.D. Republican District Leader Russell Gallo, that enjoys official sanction by the Kings County GOP Organization.

Aside from his early parochial endeavor, Low had quite a distinguished career. He is the only Brooklynite to have served as mayor of the old City of Brooklyn and later 92nd mayor of the city of New York.

Low also was a former President of Columbia University. As a youth, he attended and graduated from the Poly Preparatory Country Day School, before the high school campus was relocated to Dyker Heights. He is also a graduate of Columbia College.

The former mayor was also a prominent member of the Society of Old Brooklynites, which was founded in 1880 and still exists today. In 1884, Low as Brooklyn mayor, hosted the dedication ceremonies of what was then the world’s longest suspension bridge — the Brooklyn Bridge — and considered at the time as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.


Former GOP City Council and State Assembly candidate Bob Capano, who also served as Brooklyn director for Congressmember Vito FossellaBob Turner, says that either GOP mayoral candidate — Joe Lhota or John Catsimatidis would be outstanding choices for the GOP, since both are already registered Republicans.

This puts Capano at odds with Kings County GOP Chair Craig Eaton who has been advocating for former Bronx Borough President and recent Obama regional housing official Adolfo Carrion.


In our list of members of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee last week, we skipped over one of the newest members of the panel, Major David Ryan


Peter CrupeRalph Perfetto — dates back to when Brooklyn was an independent city and the third largest in the nation.


Kings County Democratic Chair and former state Assemblymember Frank Seddio was the guest speaker at the January meeting of the Brooklyn Democrats for Change, at the old Leif Tavern on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge.

The local Dems also held a recent election and chose former Brooklyn Democratic County Executive Director Jonathan Yedin as president. Other officers elected include First Vice President Diana KroskyMargaret BrennanJohn Brennan and Corresponding Secretary Bennett Silverstein. Yedin was the former campaign manager for Democratic Congressmember Michael McMahon and a past senior aide to State Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny.


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will hold his annual celebration of the Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., at the New Spring Garden Restaurant, 912 65th Street.

This year’s honorees will be Kenneth DalyDeon Levingston; famed restaurateur Michael (Buzzy) O’Keefe and TD Bank executive Yvonne Riley-Tepie.

The annual banquet, which includes live entertainment, is a fundraiser for the benefit of Camp Brooklyn, a program established by the Brooklyn beep to give children from low-income families a chance to attend a sleep-away summer camp.

For more information and/or reservations, which are $65 per person, call 212-625-1025, or go to More than half of the ticket price is tax exempt. Camp Brooklyn Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization.


St. Patrick’s School will celebrate its sesquicentennial this coming Sunday with an 11 a.m. commemorative mass, followed by a reception and open house in the Aldo Bruschi School Auditorium, 97th Street and Fourth Avenue. Andrea D’Emic is the school principal.


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