Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sworn in for a third term on Tuesday night, pledged New York would be a bulwark of liberal values while also urging newly elected lawmakers to notch accomplishments and turn aside the rhetoric of campaigning.

Speaking to a crowd on Ellis Island, Cuomo promised “the most progressive agenda this state has ever seen, period.”

“Let us say New York did not seek to blame or use anger, but choose the hard and true path,” he said.

He compared the current national political discourse to a “social depression” and a “cancer.”

“America’s only threat is from within. It is the growing division amongst us,” he said.

“It is like a cancer spreading throughout our society. A disease spreading the body politic that is attacking other cells.”

But if the speech could be seen by some as a launchpad to a presidential campaign that Cuomo has insisted so far is not in the works, it was also a plea for the political center to hold first and foremost in New York and Albany in particular.

“New Yorkers know the difference between rhetoric and results,” he said. “We either perform by delivering real solutions that restore hope and progress in peoples’ lives or we fail.”

Cuomo plans to push within his first 100 days for a range of new measures that are largely backed by Democrats who hold large majorities in both the Assembly and Senate.

The inauguration was rife with illusions to President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies, especially immigration.

“New York will move forward my friends not by building new walls, but new airports,” he said, while noting ancestors of both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were processed through Ellis Island.

He also pointedly noted the state was keeping Ellis Island and neighboring Liberty Island open during the federal government shutdown, caused in large part by Trump’s push for a Mexican border wall.

Cuomo faces challenges in the next four years unlike those he’s faced between 2011 and 2017 when Republicans held a narrow majority in the state Senate with the help of a handful of breakaway Democrats.

Democrats control all branches of state government in New York and all statewide offices.

But with that control comes expectations from the base of the party, especially in the era of Trump. Democrats in the coming weeks are expected to take on measures that range from strengthening abortion rights to gun control, the legalization of marijuana for adult use and making it easier to vote in New York.

Pitfalls remain over coming duels over health care and education aid in the state budget, due at the end of March.

At the same time, the new legislative session is starting off on awkward footing with the governor.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has been vocally dissatisfied with the agreement to raise legislative pay for the first time in 20 years, a move by a compensation committee that was also coupled with limits on outside income and an end to stipends for most leadership posts in the Legislature.

Senate Democrats have largely steered clear of the pay raise fight, but have a large 39-member majority in the 63-seat Senate, including new lawmakers who have been skeptical of Cuomo and his liberal bona fides.

Cuomo has sought to emphasize his common bonds with the new Democrats, urging them to focus on what they can accomplish in the new legislative session, even as he’s shied away from a push for single-payer health care, which he supports on the federal level.

And then for the next four years, there’s the troubles of a third term, which any mayor or governor of New York in previous decades can attest to.

Cuomo has shown no indication, as of now, that he’s interested in seeking the presidency in 2020, insisting he will serve out his full, four-year term as governor.

And it was also an emotional day for Cuomo, the four-year anniversary of his father’s death.

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo died soon after his son was sworn in for a second term.

“Pop, wherever you are, and I think I know where, please give us the strength to fight this good fight,” Cuomo said. “To resist the hate mongers and the naysayers.”