After seven years, New York State Senate District 52 is welcoming a new leader.

Lea Webb was sworn into the position today, having defeated former Binghamton Mayor Rich David in the November election. Webb is breaking barriers as the first person of color to lead the 52nd state senate district, which had formerly been led by now-Broome County Sheriff, Fred Akshar.

The inauguration ceremony saw Webb return to her roots at Binghamton High School -- where she had once graduated. Kicking off the celebration was State Senator Chuck Schumer, who hailed Webb's election as a victory in the fight for democracy. NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo also made an appearance, along with NY State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Later, in a video appearance, NYS Attorney General Letitia James said she saw herself in Webb -- a politician with a background in community advocacy. 

Webb herself pledged to continue her community work, calling for healthcare access and affordable housing.

"With that being said, let's continue to work together, everybody, because in doing so, we can ensure that our community, state and beyond receives equitable access to the resources and quality of life that we all deserve," Webb said.