Monday, January 12, 2009

Crowley's First Day in the Council By Azi Paybarah - The New York Observer

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Today is Elizabeth Crowley’s first day as a member of the City Council. After being sworn in in front of her new colleagues, Crowley said she knows what it’s like to be part of a big family.

“My parents had 15 children,” said Crowley, whose father and mother both also served in the City Council. “I know sometimes it can be a little dysfunctional, but at the end of the day, we work hard together.”

Crowley ousted Republican Anthony Como after narrowly losing to him in a special election last June. Crowley had also run, unsuccessfully, for the seat in 2001, when she lost to Dennis Gallagher.

Gallagher resigned after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman, which create the vacancy that Crowley eventually filled.