The first day back from fall break turned out to be eventful.
Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took time out of freshman orientation to stop by a climate change protest going on at the Capitol offices of potential Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Fifty-one people were arrested at the protest.
"One of the things that I admire so much about Leader Pelosi is that she comes from a space of activism and organizing, and so I think she really appreciates civic engagement, and really, what I'm here to do is just to support the folks that are here," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Meanwhile, current members of the New York delegation such as Brooklyn’s Hakeem Jeffries are getting ready for a new year and a new, bluer Congress.
"Focus on lowering health care for the American people, protecting folks with pre-existing conditions, a real infrastructure plan, and cleaning up the corruption and the mess that exists in Washington, D.C. But we can walk and chew gum at the same time," he said.
Jeffries, in particular, has a lot going on. He's officially thrown his name into the running for House Democratic Caucus Chair, a position previously held by outgoing Representative Joe Crowley. His competition for the moment is fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee of California.
Jeffries says he's all in to be the Dems' #4.
"In my career, I've proven that I have the capacity to both communicate an effective message and get things done legislatively when it comes to working with Republicans on the other side of the aisle to accomplish things on behalf of the American people," he said.
The present and future of New York’s delegation are getting ready for what will be a memorable 116th Congress.
"Most importantly, we've promised to focus on health care laws, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, putting forth a real infrastructure plan, not a fake one that Donald Trump has presented, and cleaning up corruption in Washington. Let’s not take our eye off the prize."