The president, a councilman and the judge
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We ran this undated photo we found in our archives last week asking our readers for help identifying the men pictured, and we received several responses.

Everybody was able to identify the man on the far right as Andrew Stein, the former president of the City Council from 1989 to 1993, when the office was officially abolished. Stein is also a former assemblyman and Manhattan borough president.

Both Jeff Gottleib, president of the Central Queens Historical Society and John Frarer were able to identify the tall gentleman on the left as former City Council member Walter Ward. Ward represented south Queens from 1968 until 1993, when he was finally by Al Stabile. Toward the end of his tenure he was the oldest legislator in the City Council

Ward died in 1994, and a school in Lindenwood and a playground in Rockwood Park are named in his honor.

While the second person from the left remains a mystery, Fraher and Stephen Knopf identified the other man in the background as former assembly Herbert Posner. Posner served for nine years, leaving office in 1975.

He would go on to serve as a judge in the State Supreme Court.

Thanks to everyone who responded, and we'll be raiding the archives soon for more historical photos.
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