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Sen. Schumer To Run 2013 Presidential Inaugural Event

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Congress has chosen U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to be chairman of the presidential inauguration next year, regardless of which candidate wins.

The Democrat from New York was chosen by congressional leaders for what is seen as a coveted and historic post in Washington.

Schumer will organize the Jan. 21 event at the U.S. Capitol.

He says the ceremony is designed to bring Americans together after a presidential election and show off some of America's best products.

This year the legal date of inauguration falls on a Sunday, so it's being moved to the following Monday.

That date is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the second time the inauguration will fall on that holiday. The first time was President Bill Clinton's second inauguration, in 1997.

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