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Gov. Cuomo & Harry Belafonte Join Friars Happy Birthday To Mayor David Dinkins

Gov. Cuomo & Harry Belafonte Join Friars Happy Birthday To Mayor David Dinkins

The security was tight in the Monastery last night as politicians, tennis legends, celebrities and Friars gathered in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room to pay tribute to David Dinkins on his 90th birthday.   The security protection wasn’t good enough however to stop one of the greatest comedians on the planet, Dean Emeritus Freddie Roman (MC) to have some fun with the former Mayor.  As a matter of fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made a special trip down from Albany to be at the Friars got some laughs himself during his heartfelt tribute to Mr. Dinkins.  There was much love, laughter, joy, and a few tears in the club during the evening, as there always is in the Friars Club.  I couldn’t help thinking as I watched all the Democrats and  Republicans in the room enjoying each others camaraderie, how great it would be if all our representatives in Washington would become Friars, meet in The Monastery, feel the love, and solve the nations problems.

Toasting and entertaining Mayor Dinkins were, Harry Belafonte, Congressman Charlie Rangel, Monica Seles, Billie Jean King, Lillias White, Christine Pedi, Roberty Cuccioli, Carol Woods, Chris Gillespie, Freddie Roman, Andrea Frierson, Fay Ann Lee, Sal Viviano, Darren K. Stokes, Brandie Sutton, and the hilarious Jessica Kirson.

An application to become a member of the club doesn’t ask for party affiliation, it’s only requirement is that you be prepared to have a good time! 

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this Friars event go to

Mayor David Dinkins & Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Harry Belafonte, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Pamela Frank

Happy Birthday David Dinkins

Gov. Andrew Cuomo & Stephen Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff & Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Tom Postilio, Gov. Cuomo, Sunny Sessa, Mickey Conlon

David Dinkins, Billie Jean King, Monica Seles

Ron Abel, Chuck Steffan, Carole Koeppel, Stephen Sorokoff, Sunny Sessa

Gov. Andrew Cuomo & Bo Dietl

Rinaldo Nistico & Gov. Cuomo

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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