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Cuomo sworn in as NY governor, faces huge crises

Andrew Cuomo, Jonathan Lippman, Sandra Lee, Michael Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, is sworn in by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman during a private ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee holds the Bible as his daughter Michaela Cuomo looks on. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Mike Groll / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Andrew Cuomo has been sworn into office as New York's 56th governor in a private ceremony.

His father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, attended the Friday night event at the governor's mansion in Albany along with his daughters and his girlfriend, Food Channel star Sandra Lee.

The Friday night swearing-in was to become effective at midnight.

Cuomo plans to work Saturday, beginning with a morning cabinet meeting. A short public swearing-in is scheduled for the Democrat's first day on the job, a gesture designed to signal his resolve to tackle New York's historic fiscal and ethical crises.

Cuomo was the state's attorney general. He replaces David Paterson, who took the governor's office in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in a call girl scandal.