Photos Courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato’s Office and Phil Goldfeder
Pheffer Amato’s family on Sunday looks on as she takes the oath of office at PS 232 in Lindenwood.
By Michael V. Cusenza
In front of a throng of witnesses comprising family, friends, civic leaders, and elected officials from all levels of government, Stacey Pheffer Amato on Sunday took the oath of office administered by her mom to become an official member the New York Assembly.
“I am deeply touched by the outpouring of support and affection from everyone who took the time to attend my inauguration,” said Pheffer Amato. “I believe the best way I can show my gratitude is by upholding the oath that I took on Sunday.”
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) assured the crowd gathered inside the auditorium of PS 232 in Lindenwood that Pheffer Amato will continue the great work of her predecessors – her mom, Audrey Pheffer, and Phil Goldfeder – by fighting for the residents of the 23rd Assembly District as they did.
Retired Queens Supreme Court Justice Augie Agate served as master of ceremonies, and the celebration included remarks from U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Public Advocate Letitia James, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and State Sens. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park).
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) also attended, showing his support by enlisting Pheffer Amato for a memorable selfie – featuring a brief “cameo” by Goldfeder – which Ulrich posted to his Twitter page.
“Happy to attend today’s swearing in ceremony for my new Assemblywoman @Stacey23AD of course you know who had to photo bomb the selfie ..”
In her speech, Pheffer Amato pledged to represent all of the communities that compose the 23rd District, and thanked all who supported her run, especially her family.
“I am doing this for you and for your future!” she declared, looking at her son and daughter.