2017-02-01 / Front Page

Pheffer Amato Sworn Into NYS Assembly

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway) was sworn in by her mother, Audrey I. Pheffer, Queens County Clerk.
 Photo Courtesy of Kelly PanicolaAssembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway) was sworn in by her mother, Audrey I. Pheffer, Queens County Clerk. Photo Courtesy of Kelly PanicolaAssembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) held her inauguration at PS 232 in Lindenwood this past Sunday

Amid an overflowing crowd of dignitaries, elected officials, civic leaders, supporters, friends, and family members in the auditorium of PS 232 (Lindenwood), Stacey Pheffer Amato was officially sworn in to office on January 22, 2017.

Opening the ceremony was an inspiring Presentation of Colors and recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Girl Scout Troop 4493 as well as a performance of our National Anthem by Scholars’ Academy MS/HS Chorus. Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Dean of Yeshiva Darchei Torah then delivered the Invocation.

The Master of Ceremonies, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Honorable Augustus “Auggie” Agate, kicked off the event with a bang, recognizing each elected official present. US Senator Charles Schumer addressed the crowd and acknowledged the Assembly Member’s mother, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer. He stated, in conclusion, that he knows Pheffer Amato will continue the great work of her predecessors by fighting for the residents of the 23rd Assembly District as they did.

Following suit were speeches from: Congress Member Joseph Crowley, Congress Member Gregory Meeks, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Public Advocate Letitia A. James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., and state Senator James Sanders. Each elected official declared their admiration for Pheffer Amato, along with their eagerness to work alongside her to better the quality of life for the residents of the 23rd Assembly District.

Former Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder, who retired from the Assembly this past November, and whose seat Pheffer Amato assumed, imparted words of wisdom and support.

The much anticipated Oath of Office was then officiated by the Honorable Audrey Pheffer, and the new Assembly Member was formally sworn in.

The final speaker, Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato, expressed her great appreciation for all who assisted her through the election process, giving special mention to her family. “I am doing this for you and for your future!” Pheffer Amato emotionally exclaimed, speaking to her children and explaining her motivation for running. She then thanked them for being her inspiration to run for Assembly. The Assembly Member referred to every community within her district by name, as she pledged to represent them all, and fight for better quality of life for all residents within the 23rd Assembly District. Following, a benediction was then presented by Father Francis Colamaria, Pastor at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church.

“I am deeply touched by the outpouring of support and affection from everyone who took the time to attend my inauguration. I believe the best way I can show my gratitude is by upholding the oath that I took on Sunday,” said Pheffer Amato.



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