A threepeat: Miss New York Kira Kazantsev crowned Miss America

Updated 10:39 AM EDT, Mon September 15, 2014

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The 23-year-old Kazantsev's platform is domestic violence

For her talent portion, she sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy"

(CNN) —  

Hmm, there must be something in the water in New York.

For the third consecutive year, a New York beauty queen has been crowned Miss America.

This time, it was Kira Kazantsev who had the tiara placed atop her perfectly coiffed head.

The 23-year-old Kazantsev’s platform is domestic violence. During the question and answer portion of the pageant – held Sunday at its birthplace of Atlantic City, New Jersey – she said sexual assault in the military is a problem that needs the attention of lawmakers.

For her talent portion, she sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while she kept time by tapping a red plastic cup on the floor, a la Anna Kendrick’s character in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

When she was announced the winner, she was handed the crown from last year’s Miss America – and a Miss New York – Nina Davuluri.

Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett was first runner-up. Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell was second runner-up.