I enjoyed this event for two main reasons. The first reason is rather simple, I had never been to a swearing in ceremony before and it was interesting to observe how the night unfolded. I was impressed by the mini speeches given by the local politicians. Regardless of their political parties, they all united to welcome and support our new assemblywoman. It was refreshing to say the least.
The second major contributing factor to why I left the ceremony feeling hopeful and refreshed is assemblywoman Malliotakis' story. The young assemblywoman has accomplished a lot in her 30 years. A first-generation American — her mother was born in Cuba, her father in Greece — Ms. Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) called it "an extreme honor to represent the place that I love and call home in the New York State Assembly." With young women being bombarded by the media's image of 30 year olds like Kim Kardashian (who I must admit I have a soft spot for), it was great to a see a woman standing up for what she believes in and representing our community with dignity and class. I was struck by how many of the speakers spoke to Malliotakis' hardworking, honest, sincere nature, something we all could use a bit more of.
A special thank you to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for including me in this event!
|With former Governor George Pataki|
|With Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis|