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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Students from the Dutch Broadway School sang the national anthem at the beginning of last Friday’s swearing-in ceremony.
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Solages sworn in where it all began
New Assemblywoman returns to Dutch Broadway school for inauguration
Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Michaelle Solages returned to her former elementary school for a ceremonial swearing in.

Although Michaelle Solages began her first term in the New York State Assembly a month ago, she wanted to do something special for the community that put her there. On Feb. 1, she was sworn in at Elmont’s Dutch Broadway School, where she began her education more than two decades ago.

Solages, 27, was elected to serve the new 22nd Assembly District, which stretches from Bellerose to North Woodmere and includes all of Valley Stream. The Elmont Democrat received two-thirds of the vote as she was chosen to represent an Assembly district that was created from pieces of three other districts.

Last Friday afternoon’s ceremony featured much more fanfare than Solages’s inauguration in Albany at the beginning of January with the other 149 members of the Assembly. This time it was just for her and the community that entrusted her to be its representative.

Among those in attendance were fellow Long Island Assembly members of both parties, area school superintendents, town and village officials and former County Executive Tom Suozzi. All of Dutch Broadway’s fifth- and sixth-grade students, as well as fourth-grade Student Council members, were invited. Filling out the audience were family members, friends and community leaders.

Cheers erupted from the group when Solages finished reciting the oath of office, administered by Judge Michele Woodard of Nassau County Supreme Court.

Solages described the moment as an “amazing time in her life” and thanked the district’s voters. “As an Assembly member, I will continue my hard work representing the people of the 22nd Assembly District,” she said. “I will use the full power of my office and the power of the Assembly to establish equality for all and turn our problems into meaningful policies.”

Solages said that her top priorities would be keeping communities safe and preserving the quality of public education. She explained that if not for her own education — first at Dutch Broadway and later at H. Frank Carey High School — she would not have been standing there as a newly elected official. She vowed to work with her fellow Assembly members to achieve those goals.

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