Democrat Yuh-Line Niou (???) received 27,679 votes, or 67 percent of the 41,312 ballots counted, in the New York State Assembly's 65th District on Tuesday, becoming the first Asian-American woman to represent Manhattan in the state assembly.
Republican Bryan Jung received 13.10 percent, Alice Cancel 4.92 percent, and 11.40 percent went to blank in the Lower East Side and Chinatown district, according to the website of the New York State Board of Elections.
Niou, a 33-year-old woman born in Taiwan moved to the United States as a baby and becomes the first Asian-American Assemblywoman to represent Manhattan, winning a historic race to replace Sheldon Silver, who served the district from 1977 to 2015.
Niou said this victory shows her ability to break through the glass ceiling and overcome obstacles, but also represents an opportunity to improve the lives of all residents in Lower East Side Manhattan.
Niou said she will push for equal education, job opportunities, housing and senior citizen services in her constituency, stand with the local Chinese community and fight for them in Albany.
Niou graduated from Evergreen State College, majored in social policy and worked as a legislative assistant in Washington State Legislature before moving to New York State about six years ago.
Niou formerly worked as chief of staff to New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim (???), who represents Flushing in the 40th district and was reelected.
Jimmy Meng (???) won the Flushing district to become a New York State Assemblyman in 2005. He was succeeded by Ellen Yang (???) in 2006, followed by his daughter Grace Meng (???) in 2009. All three are Chinese Americans from Taiwan or with Taiwanese ancestry.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel