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The state of New York rang in the New Year with a brand new attorney general. Democrat Letitia James was sworn into office late Monday night during a ceremony at the state capitol in Albany and in one fell swoop made history as the state’s first Black attorney general, as well as the first women to ever be elected to the office.
“It is the highest honor to officially begin my time as the Attorney General for the great state of New York. Tonight, I made a commitment to use the rule of law to protect the rights and advance the interests of all New Yorkers, and I will never waver in upholding that promise. New Yorkers in every corner of our state must know that they have a champion fighting for them every day,” James said at the ceremony, according to the Amsterdam News.
James is expected to bring a strong voice to the office and has steadily pushed herself as being about the people.
Back in September, after winning the Democratic primary, James noted that the campaign “was never really about” herself, “or any of the candidates who ran.”
“It was about the people,” she added.
James also had some decisive words about President Donald Trump, slamming him for his seeming inability to “go a day without threatening our fundamental rights, can’t go a day without threatening the rights of immigrants, can’t go a day without dividing us.”
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