Eliot Spitzer sworn in as New York's 54th governor in Albany

ALBANY, NY - A public outdoor inauguration ceremony for Governor Eliot Spitzer took place Monday in Albany.

The Democrat was already officially sworn in as New York's 54th governor during a private ceremony at the governor's mansion in Albany Monday morning. Click here to see Spitzer sworn in as New York's 54th governor.

Taking over from three-term Republican Governor George Pataki, Spitzer inherits a state government facing significant future budget deficits and recent scandals that have caused, among other things, the resignation of state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

During his inaugural address, Spitzer said, ?In order to return to policies of opportunity and prosperity, we must change the ethics of Albany and end the politics of cynicism and division in our state." Spitzer touched on reforms he plans for education, healthcare and the economy.

New Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson were also sworn in Monday at the inauguration address.

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