Asian woman elected to NY Assembly, a 1st
Yuh-Line Niou has become the first Asian woman elected to the New York State Assembly and the first Asian American to represent not only Chinatown, but any part of Manhattan within the state legislature.
Niou, 33, will represent the 65th State Assembly District, part of which includes Chinatown and much of the financial district. It was the district long represented by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose career ended when he was convicted of a host of corruption charges.
In Tuesday’s election, Niou, a Democrat, received took 67 percent of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Bryan Jung, who received 12 percent, and Alice Cancel, 5 percent.
Niou becomes the second Asian-American elected to the Assembly. The first was Ron Kim, who represents Flushing, and is Niou’s former boss. She served as his chief of staff until her starting her campaign.
Niou won 32 percent of the vote to finish first in the Sept 13 primary, defeating Jenifer Rajkumar by 13 percentage points. Incumbent Alice Cancel, who had won a special election in April for Silver’s seat, finished fourth with 12 percent of the vote. Cancel ran in Tuesday’s general election as a member of the Women’s Equality party.
Yuh-Line Niou, 33, will represent Chinatown’s district in Albany.