In the halls of the immigration center on Ellis Island, Governor Cuomo was sworn in last night for his third term.
The ceremony also included oaths of office for state Attorney General, comptroller and Lieutenant Governor.
NewsChannel 34’s Morgan McKay was there…
And at that moment, Letitia James became the first African American woman to become Attorney General of the State.
James: I want to make a special mention of Barbara Underwood who took the mantle…..
Barbara Underwood was appointed by the legislature to step in as Attorney General when Eric Schneiderman resigned following allegations that he assaulted some of his ex girlfriends. James praised the work Underwood has accomplished in the short time she was in office. She then outlined a few priorities going into the new year including fighting for equal rights, reproductive health and stopping corruption.
James: You see leaders worth their salt are here to protect the vulnerable and seek justice on their behalf. And that is a promise I make to each and every one of you…..from Buffalo to the Bronx, from Rochester to Riverhead I am here to promote meaningful change to keep our families safe and moving forward, and to advance justice at every turn.
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was sworn in for her second term. She also outlined priorities that focused on advancing women’s rights.
Hochul:We have an obligation that is crystal clear it is so simple, The Governor and I pledge to better the lives of others. We come here renewed, re-energized and recommitted.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli was also sworn in before Governor Andrew Cuomo last night kicking off his fourth term as Comptroller. DiNapoli was appointed Comptroller in 2007 after his predecessor resigned following a felony conviction.
DiNapoli: I take as a very solemn responsibility and obligation to protect the pensions of the retirement security of the 1.1 million New Yorkers who are a part of our pension system.
Many State Senators will be sworn in on the first day of session, which is January 9th.