‘I’ll carry the mantle’: Daniel Rosenthal takes oath to fill late Simanowitz’s Queens Assembly seat

Photos courtesy of Rosenthal’s office

During a formal swearing-in ceremony in Flushing on Jan. 11, new Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal vowed to continue the legacy of his predecessor, the late Michael Simanowitz, who died last year.

Rosenthal was elected last November as the new representative for the 27th Assembly District, which includes College Point, FlushingPomonok, Kew Gardens Hills, Forest Hills and Richmond Hill. At 26 years old, he is now the youngest member of the New York State Assembly.

The Assembly seat was left vacant after Simanowitz’s untimely passing in September at the age of 45. He represented the district since 2011. A special election to fill the seat was held on Nov. 7.

“I’ll carry the mantle, hear your voice and fight for every part of the district: from Whitestone and College Point in the North, to Richmond Hill in the South,” Rosenthal said to attendees at P.S. 201.

Before running for the Assembly seat, Rosenthal served as a district director for Councilman Rory Lancman. Much of the 27th Assembly District overlaps Lancman’s City Council District.

Rosenthal told attendees at the Jan. 11 gathering that he will be “a tireless public servant” and encouraged constituents to contact his office with any community issues or concerns.

“Together, we will be the problem solvers that these times require,” he said.

Rosenthal received the nomination for the seat by the Democratic Organization of Queens County in late September.

Remarks at the event were delivered by Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Barry Grodenchik and Congressman Joseph Crowley. The 107th Precinct Explorers Program commenced the ceremony with the Presentation of Colors and P.S. 201’s choir led the audience in the national anthem.

Rosenthal’s district office is located at 159-06 71st Ave. and can be reached at 718-969-1508.