Last month, Kim became the first Asian American to serve as a Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority.
Back in 2009, Kim ran as a Democrat for the Council seat, losing a contentious race to Dan Halloran. While he briefly flirted with the idea of running for the seat last year, after Halloran declined to run to focus instead on his court case on corruption charges, he finally decided against another try. Paul Vallone won the seat last year.
Kim will now serve as one of three commissioners to the SLA, which is charged with the regulation and control of the manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages throughout the state.
The new commissioner also serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profits: the Korean-American Community Foundation and the International Student Conference.