They both easily recognized the man on the left as former city comptroller Harrison J. Goldin.
Goldin was born in the Bronx in 1936. An honors graduate the Bronx High School of Science, Princeton University and Yale Law School, Goldin served in the State Senate from 1966 to 1973.
A member of a group of reform Democrats from the Bronx, he served as comptroller from 1974 to 1989. He lost in the mayoral primary in 1989 to David Dinkins, who would serve in the post from 1989 to 1993.
After leaving public office, he formed the financial consulting firm Goldin Associates.
Mr. Penner also identified the woman on the right as the late Brooklyn Democratic Councilwoman Mary Pinkett, who served from 1974 until she was term-limited out of office in 2001. She was the first African-American woman to serve in the City Council.
She passed away at the age of 72 in 2003. Incidentally, parts of Washington Avenue in Brooklyn are named for her.