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There's a new Mayor in town! Bill de Blasio is sworn in by President Clinton before thousands of cheering New Yorkers (but not everyone looks happy about it)

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg take}s the subway home on last day in office as he thanks New York for '12 wonderful years' {VIDEO}
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First Democrat elected as mayor for 12 years vows to 'take aim at the Tale of Two Cities'
  • De Blasio vows to reform 'stop and frisk' policy and tax the wealthy to improve education
  • 'They are they real modern family' former president Clinton says as he introduces the de Blasios
  • Former mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to jet off to Hawaii on vacation after 12 years in office

 

Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th New York Mayor today at a City Hall ceremony led by former President Bill Clinton.

After taking his oath on a Bible once owned by President Franklin Roosevelt, the first Democrat to take on the role of mayor for 12 years gave an inspiring speech.

'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,' he told guests, who had braved freezing temperatures for the outside ceremony.

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Former President Clinton delivers the oath to Bill de Blasio as his family look on

Former President Clinton delivers the oath to Bill de Blasio as his family look on

New York's new mayor hugs his wife and children after being sworn into office

New York's new mayor hugs his wife and children after being sworn into office

Pres. Clinton swears in NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

In a sign of change, the down-to-earth mayor arrived for his own ceremony by subway, accompanied by his wife Chirlane McKray and their children Chiara and Dante. 

Speakers at the event, attended by an array of guests, from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo, to stars including Cynthia Dixon and Steve Buscemi, reiterated his campaign theme of justice and equality.

Praise for the Clintons and Bloomberg

Bill de Blasio used his first speech as New York mayor to thank the Clintons and Michael Bloomberg.

To President Clinton: Over 20 years ago, when a conservative philosophy seemed dominant, you broke through – and told us to still believe in a place called Hope.

To Hillary Clinton: Our groundbreaking commitment to nurturing our children and families manifested itself in a phrase that is now a part of our American culture – and something we believe in deeply in this city. It Takes A Village.

To outgoing mayor Bloomberg: To say the least, you led our city through some extremely difficult times. And for that, we are all grateful ... We pledge today to continue that great progress you made in these critically important areas.

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 renewed his pledge to extending paid sick leave law, and tackling hospital closures, as well as providing affordable housing.

Other key points of his campaign, including reforming the city's stop and frisk policy and providing better education, were raised too.

'We will not wait, we will do it now,' he said, as he talked of plans to ask the rich to pay a little more in taxes so the city can have universal pre-kindergarten.

He laid out the framework for the reforms in which those earning between $500,000 and $1 million would see tax increase of $973 a year, with the extra revenue going directly to school programs. 

'That’s less than three bucks a day – about the cost of a small soy latte at your local Starbucks,' he said, adding: 'Our common cause is to leave no New Yorker behind. That's the city you and I believe in.'

De Blasio with the former U.S. President, who he worked for during Bill Clinton's time in the White House

De Blasio with the former U.S. President, who he worked for during Bill Clinton's time in the White House

Bill de Blasio with his wife, Chirlane McCray and children Chiara and Dante on the steps of City Hall

Bill de Blasio with his wife, Chirlane McCray and children Chiara and Dante on the steps of City Hall

The city's new First Family blow a synchronized kiss to the crowd

The city's new First Family blow a synchronized kiss to the crowd

 

 

 

 

A somber looking Bloomberg was pictured at the swearing in ceremony

A somber looking Bloomberg was pictured at the swearing in ceremony

 

De Blasio was sworn in by former President Clinton, who he worked for during Clinton's time in the White House. De Blasio, who won the election by a record margin, was also an integral part to Hillary's senator campaign.

Five boroughs one city: de Blasio's pledge to bring equality to New York

'We see what binds all New Yorkers together: an understanding that big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few, but the animating force behind every community, in every borough.'

'The spark that ignites our unwavering resolve to do everything possible to ensure that every girl and boy, no matter what language they speak, what subway line they ride, what neighborhood they call home - that every child has the chance to succeed.'

'When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it ... We will succeed as One City.'

'A city that fights injustice and inequality — not just because it honors our values, but because it strengthens our people. A city of five boroughs — all created equal.'

* Extracts from Mayor de Blasio's first speech

As Clinton took to the stage he thanked Bloomberg for his years in office, saying he had left the city healthier than how he found it.

He went on to introduce the de Blasios, saying: 'With all respect to the television show, they are our real modern family.'

Clinton added that he endorsed de Blasio's fight against inequality, which was forefront of his mayoral campaign.

'I have to say I strongly endorse Bill de Blasio’s core campaign commitment to shared opportunities … and this inequality problem bedevils the entire country,' he told guests.

De Blasio, 52, took his oath using a Bible used by President Roosevelt and, as he was officially sworn in he was greeted with cheers and applause.

In his first speech as mayor de Blasio called on New Yorkers to work together to improve living conditions for everyone living there, saying he wanted to create 'a city of five boroughs - all created equal.'

He told guests he had been proud to work for the Clintons and thanked Bloomberg, saying: 'Let's acknowledge the incredible commitment of our mayor ... To say the least, you led our city through some extremely difficult times.'

The outgoing mayor had met the de Blasios at a subway station, as they arrived for the ceremony. 

As the men embraced de Blasio asked Bloomberg: 'How does it feel to be a free man?'

Mr Bloomberg, 71, is due to take a 10-day holiday to Hawaii and New Zealand now his time as mayor has come to an end.

President Bill Clinton introduced the de Blasios as the 'real modern family'

President Bill Clinton introduced the de Blasios as the 'real modern family'

Outgoing mayor Bloomberg, pictured right, with former mayor David Dinkins, was thanked by Clinton for leaving the city healthier than how he found it

Outgoing mayor Bloomberg, pictured right, with former mayor David Dinkins, was thanked by Clinton for leaving the city healthier than how he found it

 

 

 

The de Blasios appeared to be enjoying their moment in the spot light

The de Blasios appeared to be enjoying their moment in the spot light

 

De Blasio walks over to hug Hillary Clinton after being sworn in as mayor, while actress Cynthia Nixon looks on

De Blasio walks over to hug Hillary Clinton after being sworn in as mayor, while actress Cynthia Nixon looks on

Bill and Hillary Clinton snuggle up to stay warm during the ceremony

Bill and Hillary Clinton snuggle up to stay warm during the ceremony

 

 

New York's new first family had been snapped on the way to the ceremony this morning, on board a subway train.

Rebecca Katz, a 'proud member of the de Blasio team' tweeted: 'First Fam taking the 4 on their way to City Hall.'

De Blasio had two swearing in ceremonies. The first outside his Brooklyn home and the official City Hall one, held at noon on Wednesday.

Keen to break with tradition, the new mayoral office brought in DJ Mos, who is well known on the city's club scene, to entertain guests as they waited for the ceremony to begin.

The first speaker, singer Harry Belafonte, gave a rousing introduction to de Blasio, telling the guests: 'New Yorkers should ensure our mayor he will not stand alone in facing the naysayers of progress in our midst.'

Every day people: Bill de Blasio takes the subway to his ceremony with his wife and children

Every day people: Bill de Blasio takes the subway to his ceremony with his wife and children

 

 

Handover: As the de Blasios arrived at the station near City Hall they were greeted by outgoing mayor Bloomberg

Handover: As the de Blasios arrived at the station near City Hall they were greeted by outgoing mayor Bloomberg

 

Oath: Bill de Blasio, right, was sworn in as mayor in a smaller ceremony outside his Brooklyn home this morning

Oath: Bill de Blasio, right, was sworn in as mayor in a smaller ceremony outside his Brooklyn home this morning

 

His sentiments were echoed by the city's youth poet laureate Ramya Ramana, who read a piece of original work on unity and justice.

Actress Nixon, an advocate for city schools, then took to the stage, saying: "It's an exciting time for New York' before she introduced Broadway star Patina Miller who sang John Lennon's Imagine.

Other members of City Hall were sworn in before de Blasio, including Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James.

Ms James, the first African-American woman to hold office in the city, told the crowd: 'The growing gaps between the haves and have-nots undermines our city.'

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte addresses the crowd at City Hall

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte addresses the crowd at City Hall

Actress Cynthia Nixon arrives at the ceremony with her wife and de Blasio campaigner Christine Marinoni

Actress Cynthia Nixon arrives at the ceremony with her wife and de Blasio campaigner Christine Marinoni

 

 

Support: A painting of de Blasio is displayed in Park Slope as Brooklyn welcomes the city's new mayor

Support: A painting of de Blasio is displayed in Park Slope as Brooklyn welcomes the city's new mayor

She highlighted the city's extremes of 'decrepit' homeless shelters and multi-million dollar apartments, and pointed out that many of those working full time in the city were having to rely on food stamps.

De Blasio has said he work to improve economic opportunities in working-class neighborhoods and has criticised alleged abuses under the police department's stop-and-frisk policy.

Among his plans for the city is his controversial campaign to halt horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, calling the tourist attraction 'inhumane'.

 

Mayor Bloomberg delivers farewell Thank You speech to staff
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Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013. Bloomberg rode the subway home to his Upper East Side home

 


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrapped up 12 years in office on Tuesday
  • The 71-year-old left his office at City Hall at 5pm amid a crowd of supporters and got the subway home to the upper East Side, where he will ring in the New Year with family and friends
  • Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $27 billion, says he plans to spend the rest of his life in New York
  • The city will close out 2013 with the lowest murder rate in 50 years

 

It's the end of an era for New York City.

At 5pm Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was cheered as he left City Hall for the last time as mayor, with his 12 years in office officially coming to an end at midnight.

A sea of flashing cameras and thunderous applause greeted Bloomberg as he left, walking over to catch the subway home to the Upper East Side, sitting among the locals who were happy to express their gratitude.

After attending every other New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square during his three terms, the 71-yeart-old will sit out Tuesday night's festivities to watch the ball drop with family and friends.

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013. Bloomberg rode the subway home to his Upper East Side home

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013. Bloomberg rode the subway home to his Upper East Side home

A passenger carries a sign of support for outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was riding the train after leaving City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

A passenger carries a sign of support for outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was riding the train after leaving City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

 

 

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets supporters as he leaves City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York. In New York City, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hobnobbed with celebrities during past Times Square celebrations, was sitting out this year's festivities to spend time with family and friends

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets supporters as he leaves City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York. In New York City, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hobnobbed with celebrities during past Times Square celebrations, was sitting out this year's festivities to spend time with family and friends

 

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks though the crowd outside City Hall as he leaves for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks though the crowd outside City Hall as he leaves for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

 

A new report says Bloomberg - who, accoding to Forbes, is worth $27 million - spent $650 million of his own fortune on New York City over the course of three terms in office.

Sorting through public documents, philanthropy databases and other records, the New York Times says Bloomberg spent about $62,400 in 12 years for weekly cleanings of two large saltwater fish tanks in City Hall.

He also made $23 million in campaign donations and has given a cool $30 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2002.

Bloomberg famously took a $1 annual salary as mayor.

Bloomberg issued a series of tweets marking his last day, the first noting his resolve to resurrect a city still wounded by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when he first took office.

'On my first day in office, I visited the World Trade Center site and vowed NYC would rebuild stronger than ever. Today I can say we have,' he tweeted.

In another tweet, Bloomberg thanked his staff and all city employees, saying, 'we’ve made every day count for NYC'.

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York

 

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks through the subway after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks through the subway after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

 

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to a rider on subway platform at 42nd St. after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to a rider on subway platform at 42nd St. after he left City Hall for last time as Mayor of New York, on New Year's Eve in New York, December 31, 2013

 

He also wished the best for the man who will take his place.

'Best of luck to the de Blasio administration. May the best days for our city be ahead of us,' Bloomberg tweeted.

Finally, he tweeted: 'Thank you, New Yorkers, for the honor and privilege of serving you for these past 12 years.'

On Tuesday morning, the mayor hosted his 13th and final interfaith prayer breakfast at the New York Public Library.

Bloomberg used his final speech as mayor to thank religious leaders for helping New Yorkers in need and to praise the city’s diversity.

'I have always been envious of you,' he said at an interfaith breakfast at the New York Public Library.

'Because you work at the real level where the real problems are. Big numbers are easy to deal with. It’s much tougher when you deal one on one, looking at a person right in the eye who has a problem.'

Bloomberg turned more lighthearted when he spoke about the clock winding down on his tenure.

'As you may know, I’ve been mayor now for 11 years, 364 days and about nine hours, but who’s counting?' he said.

He also cited remarks by Pope Francis about the importance of cities, then quipped, 'The fact that a Jewish kid can quote the Pope in a secular building built by Protestants in front of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh leaders really says all you need to know about New York City.'

Michael Bloomberg stands on a desk inside his office at New York's City Hall giving his farewell speech to staff

Michael Bloomberg stands on a desk inside his office at New York's City Hall giving his farewell speech to staff

 

Mayor elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn just after midnight on january 1, 2014

Mayor elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn just after midnight on january 1, 2014

 

Bloomberg told the gathering the city’s best days were still to come and added he plans to live in New York City for the rest of his life.

'It’s been a very rewarding 12 years, I’ll look back on it for the rest of my life and I’ll be able to say to my kids ‘your father tried to do something to make your life and you’re children’s better,'' said the mayor.

His final 48 hours in office included the unveiling of his official City Hall portrait and the signing of legislation banning plastic foam food containers and adding e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban.

The city will close out 2013 with the lowest murder rate in 50 years of record-keeping.

The New York Post editorial declared that Bloomberg 'surprised us' by continuing declines in crime under way in the 90s and continuing growth from the dark days after 9/11.

The editorial ends with the Post thanking Bloomberg and saying he 'did New York proud.'

Democrat Bill de Blasio will be sworn in at a private ceremony just after 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

His public inauguration will be held on the City Hall steps Wednesday at noon. Former President Bill Clinton will administer the oath of office.

Earlier in the day de Blasio announced five new high-administration appointments.

Gilbert Taylor was named the commissioner of homeless services.

He is currently a deputy commissioner at the Administration for Children’s Services.

Polly Trottenberg was chosen to head the Department of Transportation.

She is currently the undersecretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Longtime labor negotiator Bob Linn was named director of labor relations, and Stanley Brezenoff will be an unpaid special adviser to the first deputy mayor specializing in labor contracts.

Lastly, Kyle Kimball will continue to serve as the head of the Economic Development Corp.

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Comment by S. Young on January 1, 2014 at 9:34pm

Have you ever watched the movie "The Invasion" with Nicole Kidman? These vaccinations are NOT to be trusted. Bloomberg was a billionaire opportunist that pushed his own personal agenda and bought his way into office for an extra term. At the end of the day ultimately only WE can save ourselves. These "leaders" won't dictate to me or tell me how to live my life.

Comment by Bombahdrop on January 1, 2014 at 8:58pm
I'm sure him and bloomberg had private conversation in person or over the phone about what bloomburg would like him to push even if he doesn't become mayor again. I can c them two now bloomburg asking deblassio to push some of the rules and restrictions that he didn't get a chance to change. Smh and if I'm imagining things then why did deblassio say he will be honoring bloomburgs fight on sugary super sized drinks, peep that, that's one. That was just a smoke cloud to cover the fact that a lot of health problem are being blamed on flu vaccine. Yup did you guys hear about eight infants died within hours of being vaccinated with Hepaitis B vaccine. The flu shot they are giving us and our kids is poision and a crime against humanity. What's in the dark is coming to light.
Comment by YES PAPA!! on January 1, 2014 at 8:45pm
Just hope crime dont spiral out of controle under this mayor. Can someone tell his son to get a haircut.
Comment by Fedora McClaren on January 1, 2014 at 8:13pm
I am not sure what will happen, with the situation still appearing murky due to the choice of police comissioner....

Bloomberg made it a law to ban e-cigarettes and worked on mandatory flu vaccinations for preschoolers. Will deBlasio fight against this?
Comment by S. Young on January 1, 2014 at 7:37pm

That pathetic look on Doombergs face?!! LMAOOOOOOOO!! I'm so glad we don't have to see his ridiculous face and listen to his ridiculous press conferences in which he CONSTANTLY tried to speak in Spanish yet FAILED.. Hopefully we'll see some type of positive changes,this will definitely be interesting HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!

Comment by DJ Bravo on January 1, 2014 at 6:50pm

Good riddance Bloomberg. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. If there is one person who thinks he can buy his way into anything is Bloomy. I must admit that I did like some of this policies, like the no smoking but many others I could not handle. I couldn't drive my car without being stopped by Police for not reason. I am not a thug and don't look like one but everywhere I turn there is a roadblock. It was plain harassment because I don't see any roadblock spot check in Manhattan. I know there are criminals and the cops have to do their job but at what cost to law abiding citizens. Why don't cops have any common sense? Why don't they target real criminals? They know where they are but they prefer to stop someone on their way to work. As I said, good riddance to Bloomy and I hope to never see him again or any other politician like him.

Comment by Big Shot... on January 1, 2014 at 4:12pm
12/30/2013 @ 5:11pm marks the greatest time in NY's history. Finally rid of the harlequins that has single handedly hand-cuffed the people of NY. From slowing down the city, blocking streets for basic travel, to enforcing the MTA to unjustly raise fairs every yr, to trying to tell us what and where we can smoke and/or drink a common beverage and how much. These two azzholes Michealle Blow-berg and Rudolph Guliani ran this City like wardens. Cambras everywhere and tons of harassment, false arrests, racial profiling, baring the freedom of public services, and giving cops the green light to kill people of color at will under any circumstances. Somebody shouldve thrown a full cup of street vendor coffee in his face to give him a real New York farewell. The extra large cup, with extra milk and lots of sugar...
Comment by dave kelly on January 1, 2014 at 3:21pm
Sufferahsmusic get yuh story straight... Mi neva vote fi di dude
Comment by nybrotha on January 1, 2014 at 2:38pm

Good Bye and Good Riddance, Don't let the Door Hit Ya on the Way Out!

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on January 1, 2014 at 11:34am

now unu a cuss out unu white god unu look up to.... aww poor unu 

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