Saul Weprin


Saul Weprin

Saul Weprin (August 5, 1927 Brooklyn, New York City -February 11, 1994 Queens, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life

He was the son of a wholesale food dealer and a housewife who emigrated from the Kiev area to New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School, and practiced law at the Manhattan law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.

He was a Democratic member from Queens County of the New York State Assembly, and was elected Speaker on December 16, 1991, after Speaker Mel Miller had lost his seat in the Assembly upon being convicted for mail fraud. Weprin pushed the first gay rights bill through the Assembly.ref|NYTimes-Weprin-dead

He died at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens from complications resulting from a stroke.ref|NYTimes-Weprin-dead2

Family

His wife Sylvia, whom he married in 1950, was a New York City schoolteacher. After his death, his son Mark Weprin won his former seat, and remains in the Assembly to this day. His son David Weprin is a member of the New York City Council. His oldest son, Barry Weprin, is an attorney in New York.

Sources

* Sack, Kevin. "Saul Weprin Is Dead at 66; Sought Assembly Harmony." "The New York Times" (Section 1; Page 10; Column 1; Metropolitan Desk), February 12, 1994
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* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE3DA143AF934A25751C1A967958260] His election as Speaker, in NYT on December 17, 1991


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