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ALBANY, NY (WENY) — State leaders began their four-year terms after officially being sworn in on New Years Day.
At the inauguration ceremony, Attorney General Letitia James, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli placed their hands on the bible and pledged their official oath of office after voter re-elected them in November.
They each delivered inaugural remarks, pledging to combat New York’s social and economic challenges.
“We cannot allow ignorance, fear, and hatred to damage the enormous amount of work we’ve done to move our state forward,” Delgado said.
Delgado said moving forward he is ready to tackle issues of inequities in his role as Lieutenant Governor.
After taking his oath of office, Thomas DiNapoli, the second longest serving State Comptroller, said one of his top priorities as he embarks on his renewed term will be to safeguard retirement security for public employees.
Attorney General Letitia James, now starting her second term, said she plans to hold those accountable who abuse their power and tackle the greatest issues impacting New Yorkers. She highlighted addressing the lack of access to resources, preserving affordable housing, and addressing systemic disparities in the healthcare system.
While their roles are different, each state leader shares the goal to work together.
“What we need is a voice—a moral voice—to say that we, all of us, should be united as one in this great country,” James said.
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