Bill de Blasio arrived at City Hall at noon today to be sworn in as the 109th New York Mayor in a lavish ceremony attended by former presidents and dignitaries. In a sign of change, the down-to-earth mayor-elect arrived for his own ceremony by subway and said after taking his oath: ‘Today we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.’President Bill Clinton delivered the oath of office to Mr de Blasio, who has already had a smaller swearing in ceremony outside his Brooklyn home earlier in the day.
As well as the former U.S. president, de Blasio’s ceremony was attended by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, and celebrities including Sex and the City star Cynthia Dixon and actor Steve Buscemi. In his first speech as Mayor of New York, de Blasio said: ‘When I said I would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it.’
‘We see what binds all New Yorkers together … the spark that ignites our unwavering resolve to do everything possible to ensure that every girl and boy … that every child has the chance to succeed,’ he added.
The new mayor reiterated his pledge to extending paid sick leave law, and tackling hospital closures and providing affordable housing. ‘We will not wait, we will do it now,’ he said, as he talked on plans to ask the rich to pay a little more in taxes so the city can have universal pre-kindergarten. (story via DailyMail )