Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cuomo officially becomes Governor

"I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor of the state of New York."

And with that Andrew Cuomo, as of midnight, is officially New York's 56th Governor.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann delivered the oath of office to lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and then to Andrew Cuomo during a private gathering in the Great Hall of the Executive Mansion on New Year's Eve. Cuomo placed his hand on the same bible he used when he was sworn-in as Attorney General.

In a statement, Cuomo said, "I am honored and humbled to accept this tremendous responsibility. The time has come to return integrity, performance and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again."

The finishing touches have been made to the Historic War Room in the Capitol where Andrew Cuomo will give his inaugural address under the murals of past state battles.

The Albany H.S. Albanettes rehearsed the "Star-Spangled Banner" and Cuomo's staff, along with representatives from the new Attorney General's and Comptroller's offices, did a run through of the event. Both Eric Schniederman and Tom DiNapoli will be sworn-in during the New Year's Day inauguration ceremony.

In all, the inaugural events will cost about $40,000, money coming out of Cuomo's campaign. It's an austere celebration, meant to acknowledge the tough fight ahead as Cuomo looks to lead the state out of this financial crisis.

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