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Goldfeder Sworn Into Third Term: 'Best Is Yet To Come'

Howard Beach middle school students were treated to a real-life civics lesson as Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder was sworn in for his third term. The Oath of Office was administered by Breezy Point resident, Kings County Supreme Court Justice John Ingram.
Howard Beach middle school students were treated to a real-life civics lesson as Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder was sworn in for his third term. The Oath of Office was administered by Breezy Point resident, Kings County Supreme Court Justice John Ingram. Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder was officially sworn into his third term in office in the New York State Assembly during a ceremony held at PS 207 in Howard Beach. The event, attended by hundreds of students in grades five through eight, as well as local community leaders, was an opportunity for the students to witness first-hand the swearing-in of a public official and learn real life lessons about how our government works.


“There is no better way to bring our government and civic traditions alive than to make the student a part of the ceremony. If I can inspire just one student to dedicate their time to the community, whether through a future in public service or volunteer work, then this was a success,” said Goldfeder. “I want to thank Principal Davies, and the wonderful students and faculty of PS 207 for working so hard to put this ceremony together, and for making my third inauguration such a special occasion.”


The event was planned and organized by the school’s eighth graders, who filled many of the roles in a traditional inauguration ceremony. National Honor Student Gia D’Andrea served as Master of Ceremonies. A student color guard marched into the auditorium to begin the ceremony, which was followed by the National Anthem, sung by students Mia Calore and Julia Leone. More than 200 students packed into the school’s auditorium to take part in this historic event.


Goldfeder was sworn into office by Judge John Ingram, Justice of the Kings County Supreme Court. Ingram, a Breezy Point resident and veteran of the US Navy, also took the time to speak with students about the three branches of government and explain what a New York State Assemblymember does.


During the inauguration, Ingram, in his black chamber robes, solemnly administered the oath of office to the assemblyman as students looked on attentively. Adding a bit of levity to the ceremony, Ingram interrupted the solemnity of the oath by making Goldfeder repeat, “…and I love my job,” at the end, which drew a big laugh from the crowd.


In his inaugural address to students, Goldfeder focused on the importance of public service and education as the foundations of a society. Explaining that his own career in government began with a visit to his school by former Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer, Goldfeder encouraged the students to make the most out of their time and seek out volunteer opportunities to help improve their community. Goldfeder was first elected in 2011, after Pheffer stepped down to become Queens County Clerk.


“It was a pleasure to attend Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s Inauguration Ceremony,” said Danny Ruscillo, President of the 100th Precinct Community Council. “The students of PS 207 marched into their Assembly with such enthusiasm and were so well behaved. I feel that Phil’s message of how important it was they get involved in the community was heard loud and clear by the students. Holding the inauguration ceremony in a school was an excellent idea, especially for bringing the students into the world of politics.”


“I was born and raised in the community. I owe my start in politics to experiences and opportunities like these,” concluded Goldfeder. “I hope that I have inspired our future leaders the way those who came before me helped to inspire me.”


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