HOLBROOK, NY & WASHINGTON (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The U.S. had a historic week with the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th president and Kamala Devi Harris as the 49th vice president.
"It’s a new day in America," Biden wrote on Twitter at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, less than three hours before he would take the oath of office, becoming the nation's next president.
Biden added about 40 minutes later, "Today, we begin anew."
Harris had a similar message shortly before she would join Biden for her swearing-in as vice president.
"A new chapter begins today...as @JoeBiden and I are sworn in to office and set our nation on a new path forward," Harris wrote at 9:58 a.m. on Twitter, as the Democrats were just two hours away from controlling The White House.
By noon, the 59th Presidential Inauguration was underway, with the Republican administration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence over after a single term, defeated in their campaign to win another four years in The White House.
On the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where two weeks earlier to the day protestors stormed the inside of the building, Biden and Harris were inaugurated.
Locally, the Sachem area is represented by two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) of the 1st Congressional District and newly sworn-in Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) of the 2nd Congressional District.
"I firmly believe that what unites us as Americans is far greater than anything that may divide us," Garbarino wrote on Facebook the morning of Inauguration Day. "I'm proud to join my colleagues in a pledge to rise above the partisan fray to deliver meaningful change for Long Islanders."
That evening, Zeldin wrote on Facebook, "Ideally, the commitment of all Americans each and every day should be to work towards unity and pursue a better course for our nation. Oftentimes, we will not agree on exactly how to best move America forward, but how we debate and disagree is especially critical."
Zeldin added, "Respectful disagreement is a protected and treasured American value, and there will be many vibrant debates to be had over the next four years. Let us work towards ensuring they will always remain in the spirit that serves the betterment of our great country."
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D) of New York — the newly sworn-in Senate Majority Leader now that Democrats gained control following the Senate runoff elections in Georgia — wrote on Twitter, "We have turned the page and begun a new chapter in the history (sic) our democracy. And I am full of hope."
Fellow U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York wrote on a Twitter post, "Feeling hopeful, proud, and more determined than ever to fight for an America that lives up to its promise."
Gillibrand added, "Happy Inauguration Day, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!"
Here is a look back at Inauguration Day and the first few days of the Biden-Harris administration.
Historic week: Swearing-in of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President
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