According to the national media, Kathy Hochul was sworn in for her first elected term on Sunday, making history as the first woman elected to the position in the state.
In her first inaugural address, Hochul briefly acknowledged other women in New York who had made history before her, before turning her attention to the “worthy pursuits” and fights she said she would take on in the next four years.
“I didn’t come here to make history,” Ms. Hochul said shortly after being sworn in at a convention center in Albany. “I came here to make a difference.”
The Democrat, launching her term as the 57th governor of New York, said her goals were to increase public safety and to make the state more affordable.
“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.
A native of Buffalo, Hochul, 64, defeated Republican congressman Lee Zeldin, an ally of Donald Trump, in November’s election to win the office that she took over in 2021 when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned.
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 committed to make this office a force of justice. I promise to fight for all New Yorkers, regardless of your political affiliation,” James, 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.