By COLlive reporter
Zellnor Myrie was elected to represent the 20th District of Brooklyn in the New York State Senate. Now he has to figure out how to get to work in Albany.
The 31-year-old lawyer and former City Council staffer is one of seven new senators representing parts of New York City who will be sworn into office January 2.
“I currently do not have a driver’s license, so I’ll be taking the Amtrak up until further notice,” he told amNY.com. “In Albany, I’ve been told it’s useful to have a car, but I’m hoping that I’ll be in good enough standing with my colleagues to get a ride to work.”
Myrie beat the incumbent Jesse Hamilton in the Democratic primaries as part of a “blue wave” that gave the Democrats in the Senate a majority for the first time in a decade, reported Nicole Brown.
“It’s very hard for me to see past these next couple of weeks until we actually get our first paycheck,” Myrie said when asked about finding a rental in Albany. He currently resides in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Until then, Myrie has been taking time to personally meet with local community leaders, among them Rabbi Eli Cohen and Rabbi Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC).
Sitting for lunch at Boeuf & Bun, Myrie discussed matters of concern to the community, including safety, housing, and education.
“The new Senator is now setting up his offices, both in Crown Heights and in Albany and looks forward to working closely with the Jewish community,” Cohen told COLlive.com.