Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), who has had bit parts in several movies and television shows, is replacing Ivan Lafayette, a 32-year veteran of the Assembly.
"It's a great honor to replace an Assembly member who was in office since I was 14 years old," said Den Dekker, who has worked for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Assemblywoman Marge Markey. "I'm looking forward to the gray skies of Albany."
Some of his colleagues are planning to haze the freshman.
"[Fellow Queens Assemblymen] Mike Gianaris and Mark Weprin are teasing me a lot," Den Dekker said. "They tell me I have to pick up Mike's dry cleaning and clean Mark's car."
Well, that's basically what he did for Markey... Let's move on.
Borough President Helen Marshall, who served in Albany in the 1980s, had some words of advice for all the Queens freshmen, including "be nice" and "make friends."
Keep in mind that we're soon going to be blessed with 4 more years of this great political mind.
Freshman pols to hit state stage: Addabbo, Monserrate & Den Dekker off to capital