As Andrew Cuomo was installed as New York's 56th governor on Saturday, outgoing David Paterson suggested he'll become a gay marriage advocate.

Cuomo, the son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, took over the reins of government early Saturday morning.

“I am honored and humbled to accept this tremendous responsibility,” Cuomo said at the ceremony, as his parents, daughters and girlfriend, Food Network celebrity Sandra Lee, looked on. “The time has come to return integrity, performance, and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again. I look forward to getting to work right away for the people of our great state.”

As a candidate, the 53-year-old former attorney general said he wanted to be the governor that signs a gay marriage bill into law.

After saying his opposition to gay marriage stemmed from not wanting children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable, Cuomo's Republican opponent, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, became mired in unending controversy.

Meanwhile, in his last interview as governor, Paterson – a strong supporter of gay marriage – suggested he'll become an advocate for marriage equality.

“I would like to go back to teaching and I would like to go back to advocate for some of the groups that unfortunately I disappointed as governor,” he told NY1.

His greatest regret, Paterson said, was not seeing gay marriage become law.

Voters in New York also handed the New York Senate to Republicans on November 2, dimming the prospects that lawmakers will approve such a bill in the near future.