GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO INAUGURAL ADDRESSJANUARY 1, 2011
Well thank you and good afternoon to all of you.First let me begin by thanking the people of theState of New York for this tremendous honor, I am humbled to be their public servant and I willhonor their trust and their confidence every day. Thank you.Let¶s all thank Chief Judge Lippman for a great job, thank you very much Chief Judge. Thanksto Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, he¶s going to be the second best Lieutenant Governor in thehistory of the State of New York. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and his family, Barbara.To allof my colleagues, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.Congratulations Tom DiNapoli, on a great job.Our new Attorney General, EricSchniederman, congratulations. Bill Clinton once said theAttorney General¶s job was the best job he ever had, and he had a number of jobs.Congratulations Eric Schneiderman.To Senator Dean Skelos, thank you very much for being with us today. Senator Skelos, thank you. Let¶s give him a round of applause. Senator Sampson, thank you for being with us, John.Majority Leader Canestrari, thank you very much for being here.Regards to Speaker Silver, whocouldn¶t be with us today because of a religious observance. And to Minority Leader BrianKolb, thank you very much for being with us. Thank you. Special thank you to Jerry Jennings,didn¶t he do a great job as a master of ceremonies.A really great mayor, Jerry Jennings.To a man who governed this state, at what will go down as one of the most difficult periods of time in the history of this state, I believe that.He became captain of the ship just when the shipwas heading into a storm. And he warned us about the storm, and he brought us through thestorm. He¶s done twenty-five years of public service,he¶s a personal friend of mineand to many people in this room, let¶s give a big round of applause to Governor David Paterson.Thank youGovernor David Paterson. Stand up Governor David Paterson.He has been introduced, but I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and point out and thank the 52nd Governor of the State of New York, one of the greatest governors in the history of thisstate, a man who has taught us all very much in this room and who has taught me everything Iknow, Governor Mario Cuomo and First Lady Matilda Cuomo.To all of my family, I have so many family members here today if I start to point them out I¶llmiss someone and there¶ll be a whole family disturbance come the next holiday time. But toSandy and my three girls -- One quick story about the three girls that I was reminded of thismorning. Election day, we were going to go down to the election night headquarters, and itlooks good, and it looks like we may win, and I want them to feel like they¶re part of this victory.So I said to them, you know, I don¶t think I could have done this without you. And Cara andMariah, the older two, said that¶s nice Dad« but it¶s not true. You did it on your own. Werespect you for saying that, but it¶s not true, but it¶s nice. The little one, Michaela, says, well holdon a second. First, I did a lot more events with Dad because the other two were at school. And Idid all those introductions. And I really think that I went a long way to soften his image. I¶m notthat soft.So to the co-Governor, thank you.