Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Live From Albany

In many ways, it was business as usual in Albany yesterday. The State Legislature passed emergency spending bills after the two chambers failed to come to terms on a budget for the fiscal year that began April 1. But for the people of Lower Manhattan, there was a new wrinkle.

There is, of course, a new face representing the 65th Assembly District, including the Lower East Side, in the Assembly. That representative, Yuh-Line Niou, has pledged to help local constituents improve their access to state government. When she returned from a long day in the state house last night, Niou recorded a video report from her hotel room, and then posted it to all of her social media channels. It’s a safe bet you would not have seen anything like this from Niou’s predecessor, Sheldon Silver, who came into office in the Ford administration.

You can watch the video above.