Remembering Dryfoos

Lobbyist and former Manhattan councilman Robert Dryfoos passed away yesterday.

His most memorable moment came when he cast the deciding vote to elect the city’s first Council Speaker.

As Henry Stern Douglas Kellner recalled,

When Robert Dryfoos was called he asked for leave to rise and to explain his vote. To our utter shock, he pulled out of his vest pocket a three-page typewritten speech on ruled yellow paper where he proceeded to explain why he believed Peter Vallone should be their leader. Vallone won by one vote. Dryfoos had that speech in his pocket while he joined hands with his colleagues pledging to vote for [Brooklyn’s Sam] Horwitz.

–Azi Paybarah

Remembering Dryfoos