ALBANY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in to her first elected term on Sunday, making history as the first woman elected to office in the state.
The Democrat, who will begin her term as New York’s 57th governor, said her goals are to increase public safety and make the state more affordable.
“Right now there are some struggles that we have to embrace,” Hochul said after taking the oath of office at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. “First of all, we must and will make our roads safer.”
Hochul also called for making the state more affordable, citing the high cost of living. Lt. was also sworn in on Sunday. gov. Antonio Delgado.
Buffalo native Hochul, 64, defeated Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, a Donald Trump ally, in the November election to win the office, which she took over in 2021 when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned.
A former congresswoman, she served as Cuomo’s lieutenant governor before taking office in August 2021 and has attempted to pose as Cuomo’s freshman start. He resigned over allegations of sexual harassment, which he denies.
US Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York described their November victory as “Breaking the glass ceiling”
During her tenure as governor, New York passed some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, some of which are challenged in court.
Delgado, a former Democratic US congressman who identifies as Afro-Latino, took over as lieutenant governor in May after Brian Benjamin resigned, saying he couldn’t “Wait till you get down to business” from “transparent” and “responsible” Government.
New York Attorney General Letitia A. James, 64, also took the oath of office Sunday for her second elected term in the position.
She made history in 2018 as the first woman to be elected state attorney general and the first black person to hold the role.
“Four years ago I made a commitment to make this office a force for justice. I promise to fight for all New Yorkers, regardless of their political affiliation.” said James from Brooklyn.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was sworn in for his fourth term.
“We continue to live in a time of unprecedented challenges from evil and economic uncertainty. But we New Yorkers are resilient.” he said.
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