John Liu celebrates comptroller victory

November 4, 2009 4:04:29 PM PST
Supporters in Flushing greeted John Liu enthusiastically the day after his big win in the New York City comptroller's race. The largely Asian-American crowd was a reminder of Liu's historic accomplishment.

He is the first Asian-American elected to city-wide office.

"My election says that anybody can do it here," John Liu said.

Community leaders agree. Liu's success serves as a model for others.

"It means so much to us, especially younger generations," said Terence Parker of the Flushing Political Coalition.

"Like I told my son, if he can do it, you can do it," added Michael Wang of the Nan Shan Senior Center.

Many see Liu's election as a growing sign of the strength of the immigrant vote

While only about 12 percent of New Yorkers are Asian-American, the Queens' communities that Liu has represented in the city council for the last 8 years are the most ethnically diverse in the city and, in fact, the country.

"I'm proud to be an immigrant. New York City has always been a city of immigrants from all around the world and i think my election proves that once again.," Liu said.

As comptroller, Liu promises to be a "pit bull" when it comes to the fiscal concerns of all New Yorkers.

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