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New York attorney general feted at inauguration ceremony

January 6, 2019
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United States Senator Chuck Schumer greets former Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an inauguration ceremony for the new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, in New York, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James, the state’s first black attorney general and the first woman elected to the position, was honored at an inauguration ceremony in New York City.

Sunday’s ceremonial swearing in was at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. The Democrat was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for New York last week.

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.