Cuomo, Duffy Arrive For Work

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived for his first full day of work at the state Capitol this morning as the state’s chief executive, getting an early start into diving into the state’s myriad problems.

Cuomo, a Democrat, arrived at the Capitol Building at 8:16 a.m. and said little to reporters except that he was ready to go to work.

“We’ll be ready to work day one, because that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Cuomo met for about 35 minutes with his top aides and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who greeted him with a hug.

Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester, arrived at the Capitol shortly after Cuomo.

“You can see where Gov. Cuomo is going the first day in office with the staff meeting, meeting with our team and talking about our future,” he said when he arrived at the Capitol. “It’s a new year and new day in the state of New York.”

Cuomo and Duffy were both sworn into office before midnight Friday and officially assumed their new posts at the stroke of midnight.

Cuomo is expected to deliver his inaugural address at around noon. He plans to discuss the problems New York faces and how he will enlist a disaffected public into fixing state government.

He is holding a modest ceremony in the state Capitol compared to previous inaugural parties past governors have held. The no-frills event today is meant to set the tone of fiscal austerity in dire economic times.

After the ceremony, Cuomo plans to hold a receiving line with Duffy at the Executive Mansion.

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