A few weeks back, we told you that it looked like - according to those in the know who in turn told us - that former Flushing assemblyman Barry Grodenchik was the frontrunner to replace Karen Koslowitz, who is replacing Melinda Katz in the City Council, as deputy borough president of Queens, and now it has been made official.
It was announced last week that Grodenchik would be a heartbeat away from becoming the next borough president (we don't actually know if that is true or not, but it sounds good), and would take over all of Koslowitz's duties, whatever those actually were.
Speaking of Koslowitz, where was her big inaugural party? While all of the other new council members from Queens and Brooklyn were busy hosting their constituents and taking their oaths of office in front of well-wishers, admirers, and the paparazzi, we didn't hear anything about a similar event for Koslowitz.
Maybe we just didn't get the invite. Or maybe she is taking the "act like you've been there" approach and not making a big deal about her election to the City Council. (In fact, she has been there before, having held the same post in the 90s until term limits forced her out of office in 2001.)
Speaking of inaugural parties, we're sorry that we missed new Long Island City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's "groundbreaking" inauguration this past weekend before a packed house at the Frank Sinatra School of the Performing Arts. We assume that the "groundbreaking" refers to the fact that Van Bramer was the first openly gay man to ever be sworn into public office in the history of Queens.
It was a moment so unprecedented and ahead of its time that the people of Queens would have to wait over 18 hours to see it happen again, when Daniel Dromm took his oath of office at a similarly lavish event before a "sold-out" crowd at Queen Theatre in the Park.
We're not really sure if "sold-out" is quite accurate, however, as the event was free and open to the public. We have a feeling that the overwhelming interest in seeing Dromm sworn in would have been a lot less if seats had been selling on Stubhub for $45.
But give them both credit for being eager and energized to take office and connect with their constituents – sure beats being blasé about the whole thing.