Launching at 1pm on Saturday, March 5 and taking place at Chelsea’s iconic Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave. at W. 19th St.), the inauguration ceremony for NYC District 3 Councilmember Erik Bottcher was peppered with New York City and State electeds who knew the man of the hour “back in the day” when he was organizing grassroots efforts in support of the Marriage Equality Act or serving as predecessor Corey Johnson’s Chief of Staff. Arriving early enough to claim her upfront, from which most of these photos were taken, was longtime Chelsea resident Pamela Wolff. Things kicked off, appropriately enough considering the pedigree of the venue with Tituss Burgess performing The Star-Spangled Banner and Bottcher holding his own alongside a choreographed contingent from the multigenerational troupe, Dances for a Variable Population. The ceremony, which in practice played out as more of a celebration distinguished by humorous anecdotes and heartfelt accolades, was near capacity–but made available as a livestream broadcast, via Bottcher’s Facebook page.
—By Scott Stiffler
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