Hundreds pack Bay Ridge Manor for festivities
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
When state Sen. Marty Golden and his wife Colleen decided to throw a Christmas party, they invited a few of their friends. A few hundred, that is!
Hundreds of guests packed the main ballroom of the Bay Ridge Manor Monday night for party hosted by the Goldens.
Political figures, like Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) rubbed elbows with civic leaders, members of the clergy, business owners and local residents, all of whom came at the invitation of the Goldens.
The guest list also reached beyond Bay Ridge. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was spotted in the crowd. John Burnett, who ran for comptroller, was also at the party.
It’s highly unlikely that either of the Goldens had a chance to sit down that night! Both Goldens stood near the ballroom door and graciously greeted each person coming in. Several of the guests took the opportunity to ask Sen. Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) to pose for pictures with them next to a Christmas tree in the Bay Ridge Manor’s lobby.
Inside the ball room, it was so crowded, guests found it difficult to navigate their way around! But no one seemed to mind. The guests happily munched on pasta, salad, chicken francese, rice balls, and slices of turkey and roast beef and raised their glasses to toast the holiday season.
Golden, who has been in the state senate since 2003, is expected to run for re-election in 2014.