From the Times Ledger:
DenDekker, a former city Sanitation Department worker and actor, was sworn in Saturday afternoon in East Elmhurst by U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D−Jackson Heights) before a crowd of several hundred people. He said western Queens elected officials had been supportive of his taking over Lafayette’s seat.
“I told [state Assemblywoman] Margaret Markey [D−Maspeth] that ‘I’m a garbageman from Queens,’ ” he said. “But she said, ‘This is a house of the people and you need to be here to represent your community.’”
Yes, a "house of the people" where the people don't get to choose who gets invited into the house...