In Albany today, Yuh-Line Niou was sworn in as Lower Manhattan’s new representative in the New York State Assembly. She was elected this past November in the 65th Assembly District, which includes the Lower East Side.
As you can see from the photo posted above, Niou was joined in Albany today by lots of local supporters. Her former boss, Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens, was among them (Niou served as Kim’s chief of staff). Others in attendance included Chris Kui, executive director of Asian Americans for Equality, the local community development organization, and Zach Bommer, an AAFE staff member.
Niou is the first Asian American to represent Chinatown in the state legislature. She is taking the seat held for decades by Sheldon Silver, the former speaker convicted on federal corruption charges. Alice Cancel served out the remainder of Silver’s final term, but was defeated by Niou in the Democratic Primary this past fall.
Niou has set up a temporary district office at 250 Broadway, room 2212. Her phone number is: 212-312-1420.
— NYS A/M Kavanagh (@BrianKavanaghNY) January 4, 2017
— Chung Seto (@setochungster) January 4, 2017