Cuomo inaugurated New York Governor, gets busy reducing security

In his first act as governor, Andrew Cuomo Saturday symbolically moved toward his promise of opening up government to the people.

Crews were busy at work Saturday removing concrete barriers erected in front of the state Capitol under then-Gov. George Pataki following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

He was also preparing to open up the historic Hall of Governors that houses his suite of offices as well as portraits of past governors.

Dubbed “Fort Pataki,” the wing was sealed off from the public early in Pataki’s tenure. This morning, the doors were open and the security desk moved to the side.

Full story: Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders concrete barriers in front of state Capitol removed