Kim, Rozic sworn in as Assembly members

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Assemblywoman Nily Rozic was sworn in during a ceremony at Townsend Harris, and Assemblyman Ron Kim held his inauguration at the Flushing branch of Queens Library. Photos by Christina Santucci
Assemblyman Ron Kim (second r.) and his parents are joined by city Comptroller John Liu (r.), who performed Kim's ceremonial inauguration at the Flushing branch of Queens Library. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (l.) is joined by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and Sen. Chuck Schumer on stage. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, (l.-r.) Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and Councilman Mark Weprin listen to remarks. Photo by Christina Santucci
Councilman Peter Koo, (l.-r.) Assemblyman Ron Kim, city Comptroller John Liu and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng laugh during a speech given by Sen. Chuck Schumer. Photo by Christina Santucci
Elected officials, including Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (l.), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (second l.), Assemblyman David Weprin (second r.) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (r.), line the front row. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblyman Francisco Moya (l.) and Councilman Leroy Comrie sit on stage. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry watches the ceremony. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblyman Ron Kim (l.) is joined (l.-r.) by his wife Alison Tan, mother Sun Hee Kim, father Seo Jun Kim as he is sworn in by city Comptroller John Liu during a ceremony at the Flushing branch of Queens Library. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is joined by her mother Hildal and father Isaac as Queens Supreme Court Justice Bernice D. Siegal prepares to perform the ceremonial inauguration. Photo by Christina Santucci
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is joined by her mother Hildal and father Isaac as Queens Supreme Court Justice Bernice D. Siegal prepares to perform her ceremonial inauguration, during an event at Rozic's alma mater. Photo by Christina Santucci

The borough’s newest state Assembly members kicked off their historic journeys as Queens representatives this week with two star-studded swearing-in ceremonies.

Over the weekend, state Assembly members Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) held separate celebrations in the company of family, friends, community leaders and elected officials from all levels of government.

In both ceremonies, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an appearance, as he did weeks earlier at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama, to share his optimism for Queens and the rest of the country.

“This is what America is all about,” Schumer said at Kim’s swearing-in ceremony, remarking on his status as the first Korean-American lawmaker in the state of New York. “It means little Asian-American boys and girls will look at Ron and say, ‘Maybe I can be president one day.’ It is a great day for this great community.”

Kim beat out Republican Phil Gim in November’s general election with more than 65 percent of the vote for Flushing’s 40th Assembly District, according to the city Board of Elections, and secured his spot as successor to former Assemblywoman and now U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing).

“You are in very good hands,” Meng said to her constituents. “I am so proud that my boys now have a wonderful role model in Ron Kim.”

Kim was congratulated and praised Saturday in a crowded swearing-in ceremony at the Queens Library of Flushing.

“In a time when we have so many challenges, there is no better leader, representative or fighter than Ron Kim,” said city Comptroller John Liu, who administered Kim’s oath in the same spot where he was once sworn in to the City Council 11 years ago. “This is a very proud moment for all of us.”

In the company of his family and colleagues, Kim recited the oath to office before a booming display of cheers.

“I am the living proof that this country is still great and the American Dream is still there,” Kim said. “You just have to work hard at it. I am so grateful for this opportunity to represent you.”

Rozic held her swearing-in celebration the following day on Sunday at Townsend Harris High School in Fresh Meadows, where she was once a student. Elected officials from the city, state and federal government showered her in praise and high hopes as they celebrated the district’s first Argentinian-Israeli woman to hold office.

In November, Rozic won the 25th Assembly District seat with more than 67 percent of the vote, according to the BOE. The former chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) wasted no time raising the same issues on which she campaigned when addressing her audience at the ceremony.

“It has been an extraordinary year, for our state and our country, and an incredible time for me to get to work to make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Rozic said. “I look forward to serving my constituents to bring better, quality education to our schools, affordable health care for our seniors and accessible services for our growing immigrant communities.”

Throughout her ceremony, elected officials remarked on 26-year-old Rozic’s journey to state government at such a young age, crediting her success to hard work and old-fashioned campaigning.

“She got here the old-fashioned way. She earned it,” Schumer said. “I know she will do a great job in the Assembly because she is just the person we need.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 11:35 am, February 2, 2013
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Lou from Bayside says:
Ms rozic would be well served staying away from despicable schumer, a committed globalist who is an enemy of the united states.
Feb. 3, 2013, 2:03 pm

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