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Paterson sworn in as New York's 55th Governor

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David Paterson has become New York's first black governor. The Harlem Democrat took the oath of office just after 1 p.m. in a ceremony at the state capitol in Albany. Legislators in attendance cheered and chanted his name as he prepared to give his inaugural address. Paterson rose from lieutenant-governor to the chief executive's office following Eliot Spitzer's stunning resignation announcement last week amid a prostitution scandal. Spitzer's departure from office became official at noon today. Here is Paterson's complete address after his swearing in:

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