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The state of New York has officially sworn in their first ever Black attorney general. 

Democrat Letitia James was sworn into office on Monday night at the state capitol in Albany. She is the first Black women ever to 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 everyday,” James said in an official statement.

James also participated in an inauguration ceremony on Ellis Island on January 1st where she hosted several informal meet and greets throughout the State.

During the inauguration, James vowed to protect vulnerable Americans from corruption and corporate greed.

"Unfortunately, today many Americans find that dream slipping from their reach. The rights and dignity of everyday people are being trampled by the most powerful among us. We see powerful corporations who act like they are above the law. We see profiteers and politicians risking the hard-earned security of working people in the pursuit of greater wealth and power. We see corruption eating away at the bedrock of our society, and too often, we feel powerless to respond. But today, we take that power back. Today, we respond. I believe in the rule of law and democracy and the expectation that in the eyes of James government, you shall be treated no worse than your neighbor on the right and no better than your neighbor on the left," James said.

"I will work in a legal system where even the most powerful federal official in the country cannot use a loophole to evade justice. I will fight for a law that codifies a woman’s right to choose and defends our reproductive freedoms. I will crack down on government officials who abuse the public trust. I will take on corporations that pollute our air and water, that defraud taxpayers, and harm consumers. I will protect the rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, communities of color, and anyone targeted by the wrath of bigotry. I will focus on working with the State Legislature to reform a broken criminal justice system and ensure that young black and brown children are not held back by a system that is stacked against them. And I will shine a light into the murkiest of swamps, and act as a steward of justice for every New Yorker. Leaders worth their salt are here to protect those who are vulnerable and seek justice on their behalf -- and that is a promise I make to each and every one of you."