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NY's 1st female attorney general to crowd: Powerless are taking power back

NY's 1st female attorney general to crowd: Powerless are taking power back

January 02, 2019 08:16 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on New York's attorney general (all times local):

New York Attorney General Letitia James has told an inauguration ceremony crowd on Ellis Island that those who feel powerless are taking power back this year.

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The 60-year-old Democrat spoke Tuesday night before Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the podium.

James drew applause when she said she'll work in a legal system where even the most powerful in the country cannot use a loophole to evade justice. She also said she would protect abortion rights and LGBTQ rights and pursue criminal justice reform.

James is the state's first black attorney general and the first woman elected to the position.

Her predecessor, 74-year-old Barbara Underwood, was appointed in May when Eric Schneiderman resigned amid allegations he physically abused women. Schneiderman later apologized to his accusers; a special prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges.

Underwood did not seek election.

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