From left: Dongchan Kim, KACE President, Interns Kevin Yoon, Kevin Yoo, Johanna Back, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Isabel Sung, Coordinator Chae No

From left: Dongchan Kim, KACE President, Interns Kevin Yoon, Kevin Yoo, Johanna Back, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Isabel Sung, Coordinator Chae No

 

On August 19th, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic visited the Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) for an interview regarding issues pertaining to District 25.

 

Nily Rozic, former chief of staff to assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, was elected to District 25 in 2012. Growing up in Queens, she attended Townsend Harris High School, one of the finest in New York City, and graduated from New York University.

 

Ms. Rozic’s reasons for going into politics are to help people at a local level, to stay connected to the community, and to see the changes happening neighborhood by neighborhood. Her model in politics is to think globally but act locally. Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served on Community Board 8 as a member of the Transportation, Land Use, and Education Committees and a member of the Hillcrest Jewish Center. She was able to gain a lot of knowledge and experience working under Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh as the chief of staff, and eventually was elected to the New York State Assembly as the youngest woman ever to serve on the Assembly.

 

Being young can have both positive and negative perks. Ms. Rozic faces a lot of challenges in the assembly. Because of the age difference, there are many different perspectives and approaches to how things should get done. Some of the issues that older government officials may overlook but she may embrace are higher education, technology, and women’s issues and women’s voice in government. However, she does believe that differing perspectives are necessary and refuses to shy away from it. Because she is young, she receives a lot of support from the younger generation and is able to connect with them on various issues and topics that older officials may not be able to.

Assemblywoman Rozic, answering questions asked by KACE interns.

Assemblywoman Rozic, answering questions asked by KACE interns.

Although Nily Rozic has been in office for less than a year, she has already made great accomplishments. She is involved in crucial committees related to environmental conservation, correction, labor, well-being of children and families, and corporations. One of the goals she is working towards is to improve the prevention of Breast and Lung Cancer in Eastern Queens. She hopes to achieve this by offering better educational and preventative services to residents. When asked on her position on Hydraulic Fracturing, she stated that she was against it because there is a lack of study done on it and New York is not prepared to implement hydrofracking. There is also no definitive proof hydrofracking will have positive economic impacts. She believes that renewable energy such as solar and wind power is the future.

 

Ms. Rozic places great importance and emphasis on the need for better education. She states that the education system is broken and that student debt has gone above the roof. When asked what law she would pass if she had absolute power, she said that she would make higher education free for New York students. The lowering of tuition, she believes, will change society and help New York move forward. She believes that her high school, Townsend Harris High School should serve as a model for other schools. One of the methods that other high schools can take is to adopt a smaller class size and become “socratic.”

 

There are many issues that prisons are having today, such as overcrowding and lack of rehabilitation. However, Nily Rozic has suggested ideas to improve on these issues. One of them is providing the prisoners with social services when they get out. She believes that if the social services are given, prisoners will be provided with greater opportunities. The services would educate them about their options when they get out, and help them find a job.

Nily Rozic, using her youth and expansive knowledge that she gained in her recent years, will work to provide local communities with the resources and skills needed to support her community.

 

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