Mayor Evans releases statement on Gov. Hochul being sworn into office

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kathy Hochul was sworn in on New Year’s Day as the governor of New York State. She’s the first woman to take the governor’s oath of office.

In a speech, Hochul touched briefly on policy issues including housing affordability, gun violence and the recent rise in hate crimes.

“New York stands for something extraordinary. Opportunity and ambition, compassion and tolerance, and the most fascinating people and places,” Hochul said. “Ultimately, a place where millions can come to, to build their lives, their families, live a good life. And that’s why I’m energized. I’m enthusiastic to be in this arena, no matter what comes our way.”

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans released a statement congratulating Hochul:

Governor Hochul has proven to be a strong champion for Rochester and all of New York, and I am proud and honored to attend her historic inauguration.

During her one year in office, she has delivered unprecedented support for our city, committing to fully fund the Inner Loop East Project, providing $10 million towards the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, continuing the state’s support of our ROC the Riverway initiatives, and helping to raise Rochester’s profile as one of New York’s preeminent cities.

Governor Hochul understands the importance of investing in and revitalizing our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with her to create a bright and prosperous future for the citizens of Rochester.