By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Gabriela Rosa was sworn into the state legislature Sunday, becoming the first Dominican-American member of the Assembly — and uptown’s first female Assembly rep.
Flanked by her mother Leonor Garcia, her husband Victor Estrella and her son Victor Gabriel, the Democrat took the oath of office to represent New York’s 72nd Assembly District in front of more than 330 supporters at P.S. 48, the Police Officer Michael Buczek School.
Rosa, who is replacing Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, promised to form a “group of three,” and to work together with city Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat to tackle the issues facing uptown residents.
“We will join forces to maintain, improve and expand affordable housing, excellence in education, economic development, job opportunities, services to the elderly and disabled, after-school and daycare programs, women and family services, among many others,” Rosa said outside the school on 187th Street in Washington Heights.