NEW YORK (PIX11) — Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in Sunday afternoon for her first full term in office, marking the first inauguration of a woman as governor in New York history.
Hochul was sworn in during a 2 p.m. Albany ceremony, then delivered her inaugural address.
“Right now there are some fights we have to take on,” Hochul said after taking the oath of office at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. “First we must and will make our streets safer.”
Hochul also called for making the state more affordable, citing the high cost of living. Also sworn in Sunday was Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado.
Following the Aug. 2021 resignation of Andrew Cuomo, Hochul took over as governor to complete Cuomo’s term. But Sunday will mark a new milestone, as Hochul embarks on her first full term following an election win over Republican challenger Lee Zeldin.
New York Democratic U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer described her November victory as “breaking the glass ceiling.”
During her time as governor, New York passed some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, some of which are experiencing court challenges.
Delgado, a former Democratic U.S. representative who identifies as Afro-Latino, took over the position as lieutenant governor in May after Brian Benjamin resigned, and said he couldn’t “wait to get down to business” of “transparent” and “accountable” government.
New York Attorney General Letitia A. James, 64, also took oath Sunday for her second elected term in the position. She made history in 2018 as the first woman elected as the state’s attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role.
“Four years ago I made a commitment to make this office a force of justice. I promise to fight for all New Yorkers, regardless of your political affiliation,” James, of Brooklyn, said.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was sworn in for his fourth term. “We continue to live in a time of unprecedented challenge of evil and economic uncertainty. But we New Yorkers are resilient,” he said.