New York, NY, United States (4E) – Bill de Blasio took his oath as new mayor of New York City on Wednesday and vowed to a crowd of 5,000 who attended the inaugural ceremony that he will fulfill his campaign promises soon.
“We won’t wait. We’ll do it now,” declared the 109th NYC mayor, referring to building more affordable housing, stemming hospital closures, expanding community health centers, taxing the wealthy to fund full-day pre-K and after-school programs, and continue reducing the crime rate.
Former President Bill Clinton swore in de Blasio, whom he described as “the future of our city and our country.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, also attended the noon ceremony on the steps of City Hall.
De Blasio, 52, worked as a regional director of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration and was Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager for the 2000 New York senatorial election.
Coming in as the city’s first Democrat mayor in 20 years, de Blasio praised his predecessor Michael Bloomberg for leading the city through difficult times.
Also present at the inaugural rite were William Bratton, whom de Blasio appointed as police commissioner on Dec. 5. Bratton held the same post during the term of former mayor Rudolph Giuliani until he quit in 1996 after just 27 months on the job. In leading the 34,000-man police force, the 66-year-old Bratton will also refine the allegedly anti-racial “stop-and-frisk street tactics” which de Blasio campaigned against.
New Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James were also sworn in during the ceremony.
Invited officials and guests included Justice Eileen Bransten, actor-singer-activist Harry Belafonte, actor Steve Buscemi and Rev. Dr. Fred Lucas.