Andrew Cuomo took the oath of office for his second term Thursday at events in Manhattan and Buffalo.  In Manhattan, he highlighted the need for economic opportunity for all; creating the best education system in the world; and restoring confidence and trust in the state’s justice system.  (Video and a transcript of the event are here.)

In an afternoon ceremony at the Buffalo History Museum, Gov. Cuomo spoke of expanding the “Buffalo Billion” economic development program to other upstate cities; enacting the Women’s Equality Act; continued fiscal discipline in terms of state budgeting; an increase in the minimum wage; a renewed emphasis on ethics reform; and a comprehensive effort to improve the state’s education system.

Buffalo-area native Kathy Hochul also took the oath of office as Lt. Governor.  She replaces Robert Duffy, who became President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance today.

New York State has come a long way since 2011, when Gov. Cuomo took his first oath of office.  The massive state budget deficits are largely under control (though the state still has a structural budget deficit) and the state is expecting to have a multi-billion one-time budget surplus due to several large settlements with major financial firms.