Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Swears in Laura Curran At Nassau County Executive Inauguration

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Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo swore in Laura Curran at the Nassau County Executive inauguration.

 

VIDEO of the event is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

 

AUDIO of Governor Cuomo's remarks is available here.

 

PHOTOS of the event will be available on the Governor's Flickr page.

 

A transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below.

 

Thank you very much. You know it's cold when Chuck Schumer gives a short speech. Happy New Year to all of you. First, to all my colleagues who are here, all the elected officials, County Executive Steve Bellone who is going to be a great partner with Laura Curran. It's a pleasure to be with him. Jay Jacobs, Tom Garry, all the people who work so hard to make today a day of history where we have the first woman Nassau County Executive. That is exciting. This is the time of the woman and we needed one and we have a great one. January 1, the New Year, new day, new beginning. For me, it's a special day, we lost my father on January 1 a couple of years ago. He had promised me that he would be there for my inauguration, he was, I gave my inaugural speech, he passed away right after the speech. Normally I stay home and think about him but my father would want me to be here today. Because this is a special day, and these are no ordinary times and Laura Curran is no ordinary person.

 

On a selfish level, I am excited to have a great partner as county executive. We're doing a lot of great things in Nassau. We're rebuilding the Long Island Railroad finally, finally, finally. Six-billion-dollar project. We are cleaning up the groundwater with the Grumman plume, we're going to make that happen this year. We're fixing our parks. We're doing a lot together, to have a good partner. And we are under assault by a federal government that is very good at doing bad things to the state of New York. Their tax reform plan can really unsettle this state. It's a real challenge for Nassau with the deductibility of state and local taxes, it's going to make the finances worse. We're going to need a leader with real courage, real energy and a leader who understands there is no simple solution.

 

I am excited that Laura is not a typical politician because there are no typical solutions to what we're going through. Laura has the strength, the courage, the leadership, that we need to make a difference and go forward. We are honored and blessed to have her.

 

I call up now, Laura, her husband John, her three daughters Julie, Claire and Molly to step up to the stage to take the oath of office.

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