One of these things is not like the other...
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We ran this photo from our archives in last week's issue asking for some help in identifying those in the photo, because while we recognized some of the people, we weren't entirely sure about everyone.

We got one response from Bill Driscoll, principal of The Driscoll Group in Queens. Driscoll is a longtime fixture in city political circles, and he knew everyone in the photo.

In the front row from left to right is Walter Ward, Fred Schmidt, Audrey Pheffer and Claire Shulman. Pheffer represented the neighborhoods of south Queens in the Assembly from 1987 to 2011, when she left to take the post of Queens County Clerk, where she still serves.

Shulman, of course, was the first woman elected Queens borough president, a post she held from 1986 to 2002.

The two men are probably lesser-known political figures. Ward served in the City Council from 1968 to 1993, a quarter-century of public service, as a representative from south Queens. He was a big advocate for reducing airplane noise, an issue his constituents would still be familiar with if he were in office today.

He passed away in 1994.

Schmidt was a political powerhouse in the borough during his 24 years in the Assembly, and later when on to become a well-known State Supreme Court judge. A lifelong resident of Woodhaven, he passed away in 2003.

In the back row is Cathy Nolan, Tom Manton, Rosa DeLauro and Walter McCaffrey. Nolan still serves in the Assembly, and Manton is the former congress member who would later go on to become the influential head of the Queens Democratic Party. He died in 2006.

McCaffrey was a Woodside resident who served on the City Council from 1985 to 2001. He died in 2013 at the age of 64.

The outlier of this group is DeLauro, who to this day represents the 3rd Congressional District of...Connecticut? We're not sure what she is doing in this photo with so many Queens politicians, but if you think that you might have a clue, drop us a line at polposition@queensledger.com.

One hint is that this photo was taken in April of 1991, likely shortly after she won a special election following the retirement of incumbent Bruce Morrision in 1990.

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