On succeeding Sam Hoyt:
"I am humbled to be following in the footsteps of Sam Hoyt and I'm humbled and a little bit afraid that I have to follow behind his hard work and his dedication."
On the 144th district:
Ryan spotlighted the district's assets including its cultural institutions, proximity to the Niagara River and diversity. "As your assembly member — the first time I'm saying that — I will build on those assets but I am not ignorant to the tremendous obstacles we face."
Those obstacles include poverty, unemployment, vacant houses and elected officials' inability to work together, Ryan said.
"I pledge to work together with the institutions that are strong in this community. I pledge to work with other elected officials and I pledge to go to Albany with the community on one page to address our very pressing and serious issues.
"No one will work harder than I will for this community and I will stick to that pledge. If I don't you can come and see me."