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.