Three cheers for New York!
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night — marking the third year in a row that an Empire State beauty queen walked away with the crown.
Kazantsev, an aspiring lawyer who is the daughter of Russian immigrants, was crowned at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall by the reigning queen, last year’s Miss New York, Nina Davuluri.
Kazantsev wowed the crowd during the talent portion by singing Pharrell’s feel-good song “Happy” while banging a red plastic cup on the floor, an idea from Anna Kendrick’s character in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”
“I keep time with the cup,” she told The Post before the competition.
“It’s not your average Miss America talent in terms of singing Broadway tunes or opera. I’m sticking to what I can do.”
Kazantsev, 23, wore a champagne-colored gown custom-made by a New York designer, John Paul Ataker.
It makes her feel “so beautiful and just on fire. It’s so New York,” she said.
On a serious side, the new queen, a Hofstra grad, said female US senators should urge their male counterparts to help http://www.buyambienmed.com combat sexual assault in the military — noting she was in an abusive relationship herself during college.
“You just feel alone. You feel helpless. You don’t feel like anyone could possibly understand,” Kazantsev told NPR.
She plans to attend law school when her pageant days are behind her, and has already been accepted to Fordham University’s Law School.
The blond beauty, a native of California, moved to New York four years ago to attend college.
The New York three-peat began in 2012, when Brooklyn’s Mallory Hagan won, and continued last year, with Davuluri.
New Yorkers have taken six Miss America titles since 1945, tying the state for the most with Oklahoma, Ohio and California.
The first runner-up Sunday was Miss Virginia, Courtney Paige Garrett.
Miss North Dakota, Jacky Arness, was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality.
The pageant shone a positive light on the struggling seaside gambling resort, which has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons lately: a rash of casino closings, thousands of unemployed workers, and a domestic-violence case involving former NFL star Ray Rice.