NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Gov.-Elect Andrew Cuomo is hitting the ground running as he prepares to start his new job on Jan. 1, 2011.

He’s even getting an early start. Cuomo will take the oath of office two hours early at 10 p.m. on Friday. His early oath will allow his three daughters to watch.

The oath is part of a family New Year’s Eve dinner at the executive mansion with 80 guests, including his children, his companion, Sandra Lee, and his parents, former Gov. Mario Cuomo and former First Lady Matilda Cuomo.

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Andrew Cuomo will start Saturday with a staff meeting at the capital at 8:30 a.m. before delivering his inaugural address at noon.

Outgoing Gov. David Paterson appeared on CNBC this past week to look back at his accomplishments.

“Addressing the financial crisis forthwith, cutting $42 billion of deficit in a three-year period, which is three times as much as ever been cut, making sure the state did not become insolvent,” Paterson said.

But the major challenges came from the surprise resignation of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer after a sex scandal.

“I think the difficulties were coming into office unplanned. I don’t know that I was able to address it as quickly as I should have,” Paterson said.


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