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Cuomo to Give Inaugural Speech at World Trade Center
From the Wall Street Journal of Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45:00 EST
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sworn in for his first term as governor on Dec. 31, 2010, in Albany. .
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sworn in for his first term as governor on Dec. 31, 2010, in Albany. . Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give an inaugural address for his second term at the World Trade Center site in New York City, followed by another in Buffalo, according to people familiar with the matter.

Both addresses will be preceded by a swearing-in ceremony at the governor’s mansion in Albany on New Year’s Eve, with family and friends, the people said.

Final decisions on exact locations haven’t been made but at the World Trade site, the governor is considering the One World Trade building, said other people familiar with the matter.

The governor’s inaugural ceremony, on Jan. 1, hasn’t been held outside of the state capital in recent memory.

Holding the ceremony inside One World Trade, a 104-story tower that is about 61% leased, would give the governor his first public event at a skyscraper with great significance. More than 13 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks killed more than 2,700 people, One World Trade Center opened to its first tenant, publisher Condé Nast, in November.

The idea of Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, giving his second inauguration speech at the World Trade Center site has been endorsed by other high-ranking party members.

One World Trade Center.
One World Trade Center. Getty Images

“I think it would be very appropriate for the governor’s inauguration because a rebuilt downtown is one of the great accomplishments of his first term and will require even more attention in his second term,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver , who represents lower Manhattan.

The building is owned jointly by the Durst Organization—which manages the tower—and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is jointly controlled by Mr. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie .

Mr. Cuomo had been planning to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $3.9 billion building earlier this year, alongside Mr. Christie, but the two were never able to confirm a date amid Mr. Cuomo’s re-election campaign, people familiar with the matter said.

The ceremony might be held at neighboring buildings on the World Trade Center site. Towers at 4 World Trade Center and 7 World Trade Center have used their unfinished office floors as event spaces. Silverstein Properties chief Larry Silverstein christened 4 World Trade Center last year with a performance by the New York Philharmonic on the tower’s 54th floor.

One World Trade has concrete shells for future offices on its upper floors that could fit a small crowd.

The governor’s previous inauguration was a low-glitz affair at the Capitol building in 2011, when the state was suffering from a recession. Earlier this month, Mr. Cuomo, who has tried to maintain a reputation as a no-nonsense chief executive, said the Jan. 1 ceremony would again be low-key.

“I’m not one for fancy affairs,” he said. “I think we have really serious issues…and I want to use the opportunity to speak to that.”

Write to Mike Vilensky at mike.vilensky@dowjones.com and Eliot Brown at eliot.brown@wsj.com



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