BY JOE MARVILLI
New York City has a new mayor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the City’s 109th mayor at midnight on New Year’s Day in his Brooklyn home. This brief swearing-in led to a formal inauguration at noon on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 1. During the ceremony, de Blasio pushed forward his progressive agenda, promising to tackle New York’s inequality gap.
The administration of the oath of office for mayor took place after Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer recited their oaths and gave their speeches as well. For his oath, de Blasio was assisted by his old boss, former president Bill Clinton.
De Blasio started his speech by thanking his family and friends as well as his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, for his work to revitalize the City between 2002 and 2013.
“Your passion on issues such as environmental protection and public health has built a noble legacy,” he said. “We pledge today to continue the great progress you made in these critically important areas.”
While he admired some of Bloomberg’s policies, de Blasio soon switched over to his own progressive agenda, which plans to address the City’s growing economic gap between the rich and the poor.
“When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it,” he said.
Those goals de Blasio mentioned included revising the City’s Stop and Frisk policy, expanding the Paid Sick Leave law, building more affordable housing and asking the wealthy to pay higher taxes to support full-day universal Pre-k.
“Our march towards a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation,” the City’s new mayor concluded. “It begins today.”
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