Lester Chang takes office as Assembly mulls expulsion vote after residency investigation


Assemblymember-elect Lester Chang was sworn into the New York State Assembly and cast his first vote this week, even as his colleagues continue to debate his future in state government after an investigation cast doubts on whether he meets constitutional residency requirements.

“Huge congratulations to Assemblyman Lester Chang (R-C, Brooklyn) on being sworn in and seated in the New York State Assembly today,” said Brooklyn Conservative Party chair Gerard Kassar in a Jan. 3 statement. “Assemblyman Chang is the first Asian-American from Brooklyn to be elected to state office. The Conservative Party salutes Assemblyman Chang, a retired Navy Reservist, on his historic accomplishment. We look forward to working with him as he fights to make New York safer, more affordable, and more accountable in the years ahead.”

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