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Alfred A. Lama

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Alfred A. Lama
DiedJanuary 3, 1984
ResidenceOakdale, New York, U.S.
Alma materCooper Union
OccupationArchitect, politician
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Marie Lama
Children1 son

Alfred A. Lama (1899 – January 3, 1984) was an Italian-born American architect and politician. He served as a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from 1942 to 1972, representing Brooklyn.

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Early life

Lama was born in 1899 in Italy.[1] He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1904, settling in Brooklyn, New York City.[1]

Lama graduated from Cooper Union with a bachelor's degree in architecture.[1]


Lama was an architect.[1] He was the co-founder of Lama & Vassalotti, an architectural firm based in Brooklyn and Queens.[1] In 1932, he was elected as vice president of the Architects Club of Brooklyn.[2] He was elected as the president of the Brooklyn Society of Architects in 1941.[3]

Lama served as a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from 1943 to 1972, representing Brooklyn.[1] He was the co-founder of the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program.[1][4]

Personal life, death and legacy

With his wife Marie, he had a son, Alfred M. Lama.[1] They resided in Oakdale, New York.[1]

Lama died on January 3, 1984 at the St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center in Roslyn, New York.[1] His funeral was held at the St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, New York.[1]

Lama Court, a small lane in Brooklyn, was named in his honor when he was an architect before he ran for office.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Blair, William G. (January 4, 1984). "ALFRED A. LAMA IS DEAD AT 84; MITCHELL-LAMA LAW SPONSER". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Building Code To Be Discussed By Architects". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York. January 10, 1932. p. 48. Retrieved August 12, 2016 – via
  3. ^ "Alfred A. Lama Elected Head of Architect Body". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York. January 9, 1941. p. 23. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via
  4. ^ Eisenstadt, Peter (2010). Rochdale Village: Robert Moses, 6,000 Families, and New York City's Great Experiment in Integrated Housing. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. p. 58. ISBN 9780801459979. OCLC 871258313.
  5. ^ Benardo, Leonard; Weiss, Jennifer (2006). Brooklyn By Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got their Names. New York City: New York University Press. p. 166. ISBN 9781435600478. OCLC 191953102.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Giordano
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 23rd District

Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
James J. Amelia
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 15th District

Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
District established
New York State Assembly
40th District

Succeeded by
Edward Griffith

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