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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wins third term

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joined by his girlfriend Sandra Lee, left, as he speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will kick off his third term at an historic landmark. 

Cuomo, a Democrat, will deliver his third inaugural address Jan. 1 at Ellis Island, his office announced Tuesday. 

"In these stormy times, Ellis Island is an enduring symbol of who we are as a nation," Cuomo said in a statement. "This historic gateway to America reminds us of the core values that built our state and our country, and it will serve as a fitting location to launch a new term fighting for New Yorkers and for the soul of this nation." 

Ellis Island was a major immigration station that welcomed more than 12 million immigrants to the U.S. It was designated part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. 

Cuomo has chosen new locations for each of his inauguration ceremonies. To launch his first term as governor, he delivered his inauguration address in Albany. Four years ago, when he began his second term, he held events in Buffalo and New York City. 

He also suffered a tremendous loss on the day of his inauguration in 2015. His father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, passed away. 

Cuomo won a third term in November by defeating Republican challenger Marc Molinaro and a handful of minor party hopefuls, including Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Serve America Movement nominee Stephanie Miner, both of Syracuse. 

The decision to hold his inauguration address at Ellis Island hints at a theme for Cuomo. He has criticized President Donald Trump, a New Yorker and Republican, for his administration's immigration policies. 

When railing against Trump's policies, Cuomo has often mentioned Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. 

"New York has always been a beacon of hope and opportunity, and today more than ever we are called upon to lead the way forward and set a progressive example for the rest of the country to follow," Cuomo said. 

The choice to hold the inauguration ceremony at Ellis Island may also raise questions about Cuomo's presidential ambitions. He has repeatedly said that he won't run for president in 2020. But politicians have been known to change their positions, especially when it comes to running for higher office. 

For now, Cuomo maintains that he's focused on being governor of New York, a position he's held since 2011. 

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