Kathy Hochul, the first woman to be elected governor of New York, was sworn in on Sunday to begin her first elected term in office.
The Democrat announced her priorities as the 57th governor of New York, saying they were to boost public safety and reduce the cost of living in the state.
Hochul stated after taking the oath of office at the Albany Empire State Plaza Convention Center, “Right now, there are some fights we have to take on. “Our streets must and will be made safer first”.
Hochul cited the high living expense in his plea for making the state more accessible.
Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado was also sworn in on Sunday.
Hochul, a 64-year-old Buffalo native, won the position she took over in 2021 when former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned by defeating Republican congressman Lee Zeldin, a Trump supporter, in the November election.
She was a former congresswoman who served as Cuomo’s lieutenant governor before taking office in August 2021.
She has made an effort to position herself as Cuomo’s fresh start.
He was accused of sexual harassment, which he denies, and resigned as a result.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said her victory in November “broke the glass ceiling.”
New York enacted some of the nation’s harshest gun laws while she was governor, some of which are currently facing legal challenges.
After Brian Benjamin resigned as lieutenant governor in May, Delgado, a former Democratic U.S. representative who identifies as Afro-Latino, assumed the job.
He expressed a desire to “get down to business” with “open” and “accountable” governance.
Letitia A. James, the 64-year-old attorney general of New York, also took the oath on Sunday to begin her second elected term in office.
She made history in 2018 by becoming the first Black woman and woman elected to the state’s attorney general position.
“I pledged to turn this office into a force for justice four years ago. I promise to stand up for all New Yorkers regardless of your political affiliation, James, a Brooklyn resident, stated.
Thomas DiNapoli, the comptroller, was sworn in for a fourth term.
“Evil continues to present us with a unique challenge, and the economy is uncertain. But New Yorkers are tough,” he added.