NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Norwich’s first female mayor has taken office.

Deb Hinchey was sworn in Tuesday before a packed audience that included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

After she uttered the final words in her oath, “I do,” Wyman said, “That was the easy part.”

Hinchey outlined several major goals, including a “visitors-heritage center” to promote Norwich that would help local hotels, restaurants and stores. She also proposed establishing a commission that would support residents and visitors with disabilities.

She left her job as a social worker to work full-time as mayor.

Hinchey, a Democrat, defeated Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom on Nov. 5.

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