A while back we took the newly elected councilwoman from Forest Hills, Karen “The Kos” Koslowitz to task for failing to embrace her election victory and host some elaborate inauguration party complete with 1) area students performing for our pleasure, 2) a bevy of elected officials singing her praises, and of course, 3) a black-robed judge to administer the oath of office.
Well, it looks like we opened our big mouth to soon.
This past Sunday, The Kos hosted an elaborate inauguration ceremony at Queens Theatre in the Park with 1) the bell choir from The Kew-Forest School (and special rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner by the woman she replaced, Melinda Katz – oh, we can just imagine the bitter venom she wrangled from those most patriotic of verses), 2) a speaking roster that included Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Comptroller John Liu, Speaker Christine Quinn (who actually is the one that called Koslowitz “The Kos” - we can't take credit - and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, to name just a few), and 3) the Honorable Judge Terrence C. O'Connor.
Even though we have no choice but to believe (despite what everyone else tells us) that the inauguration ceremony was in direct response to our column, we weren't even personally invited to the inauguration! We did hear about it though, and then were told expressly - under the threat of unemployment - to stay as far away from Flushing Meadows Corona Park as we could on Sunday afternoon (salt in the wounds, goslings, salt in the wounds), so we were forced to send a mole, who then reported back to us.
The highlight and lowlight of the inauguration was apparently Chuck Schumer, who was hilarious as always, and even made the astute observation that Assemblyman Michael Dendekker and Council Daniel Dromm, who both represent Jackson Heights, could have been separated at birth. (You'll have to take a look at the picture and decide for yourself.) We say lowlight, as well, because Schumer evidently has a standard “Ben Franklin” speech that he delivers at every inauguration, but this time he decided to ad lib. He even teased the audience, making an allusion to it, and then stating that he wouldn't be telling his tried-and-true tale.
But the most rewarding appearance, according to our well-placed source, was that of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who pulled up to the event just as Koslowitz was preparing to take the oath of office. Thanks to QTIP's fancy new, glass-walled foyer, Marshall attempting to open her illegally parked locked car to fumble around for a present for Koslowitz (the only one thoughtful enough to show up with one!) provided the perfect foil to the solemnity and pomp and circumstance of the ceremony.
Oh well, maybe next inauguration – we heard there was even free food (some of it hot!).