Asian woman elected to NY Assem­bly, a 1st

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By CHINA DAILY

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.

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Yuh-Line Niou, 33, will rep­re­sent Chi­na­town’s dis­trict in Al­bany.

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