Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh’s (D-Manhattan) old chief of staff is now the Democratic nominee for the 25th state Assembly District. Nily Rozic, 26, defeated opponent Jerry Iannece, chairman of Community Board 11, for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows).
Rozic will face Republican Abe Fuchs, a real estate investor and retired postal worker, in November.
Rozic’s planning committee and supporters gathered at the Sly Fox Inn, located at 77-23 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows, to await the results Thursday night. The atmosphere was filled with the ordering of food and the waiting for additional supporters to arrive from the polls.
Kevin Lynch, a member of the Queens Working Families Party and a family friend of Rozic, was one of the many supporters who showed up to congratulate her.
“Nily is truly a progressive candidate; she stands solidly for working people,” Lynch said. “She has the passion and talent to be an effective candidate, unlike her opponent.”
Rozic had many supporters present, and among those few were Martha Baker, Consultant and organizer for women and labor for public policies. She expressed that Rozic was the best fit for the position.
“We are going to have a young energetic woman representing us,” she said. “What we want to see are women who have a commitment to their community to take that bold step forward, Nily is the exception; she knew she could do it.”
And so this may be one big step for Rozic, but it is just the beginning.