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Cuomo begins 2nd term, says NY will be leader

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) — Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst.

Speaking at the World Trade Center, Cuomo said he was fine with that because New York is at its best when things are at their worst.

He promised that whether it's economic and racial equality or the quest for better education, New York will lead the nation by example.

The speech he delivered Thursday afternoon is to be followed by remarks in Buffalo.

The Democrat took the oath of office in a private ceremony at the governor's mansion on New Year's Eve, alongside incoming Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The 57-year-old Cuomo defeated Republican Rob Astorino to secure his second term.