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Peoples-Stokes sworn in as majority leader

Posted: 11:26 PM, Jan 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-17 14:01:28Z
Peoples-Stokes sworn in as majority leader

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Crystal Peoples-Stokes is now the first woman and the first African-American to be named majority leader of the New York State Assembly.

On Wednesday, she was unofficially sworn into her new role at her church, True Bethel Baptist, on the city's east side. She hopes her story is inspirational.

“You know every little girl who is in school today and maybe being told by their guidance counselor, like I was, that I wasn't college material. They won't listen to that. They will pursue whatever goal it is they desire, based on what they have within themselves because they see me here,” said Peoples-Stokes.

The democrat was officially sworn in last Wednesday, in Albany.