With his son, Sebastian, sleepily clinging to him and his mother, Marilyn, by his side, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, D-57, was sworn in to office Thursday evening at the Shirley A. Chisolm State Office Building in Fort Greene.
Two rooms full of elected officials, constituents and general well-wishers cheered as Mosley vowed to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of New York.
"This is only the beginning," Mosley said during his Inaugural Address. "The work won't be easy and the fight will be difficult, but the future of the 57th Assembly District is bright."
On the eve of the first day of Black History Month and what would have been Jackie Robinson's 94th birthday, Mosley said it is important to remember "we truly do have power to take control of our destiny."
Presided over by the Master of Ceremonies and Community Board 2's Second Vice Chairperson Lenny Singletary, the program began with an Invocation by Rev. Jerry Keucher of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Alexis Suter, an accomplished vocalist and close friend of Mosley's, then performed "America the Beautiful."
Elected officials including City Council Speak Christine Quinn, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke congratulated Mosley and offered their words of wisdom and guidance.
"This is a tremendous elevation for you," Jeffries said. "You stand on the shoulders of giants, but you have the capacity to be a giant yourself."
Schumer, who spoke highly of the 57th Assembly District and said he always wanted to call the area home, called Mosley "a fine man, a smart man, a dedicated man."
"He's a person who sprung from this community," Schumer said. "He's an example of the 'ladders up' that our society must maintain and strengthen. The world was his oyster and he chose to give back to the community. If you had to draw the picture of someone to run for office and win, you'd draw Walter Mosley."
Rev. Clinton Miller of the Brown Memorial Baptist Chuch delivered the Benediction, and a reception to celebrate Mosley's achievement followed.