De Blasio Sworn in as NYC's 109th Mayor
Bloomberg replaced after 12 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2014 6:03 AM CST
City Clerk Michael McSweeney assists Bill de Blasio as he signs the oath of office.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

(Newser) – Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City moments after midnight, becoming the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades while vowing to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city. The 52-year-old took the oath of office moments after midnight in front of his modest Brooklyn home but his inauguration will be celebrated on a far grander scale at noon on the steps of City Hall when he takes the oath again, administered by former President Bill Clinton.

The new mayor was elected two months ago by a record margin on the promise of being a sharp break from Michael Bloomberg, who leaves office after 12 years that reshaped New York, making it one of the nation's safest and most prosperous big cities but also one that has become increasingly stratified between the very rich and the working class. The new mayor was joined in the first minutes of 2014 by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their two teenage children, a close-knit interracial family who played a central role in his campaign and to some are a further symbol of a new era after the data-driven, largely impersonal Bloomberg years."To everyone, this is the beginning of a road we will travel together," de Blasio said after taking the oath.

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Infidel123
Jan 1, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Mayor Moonbat
slammer
Jan 1, 2014 10:24 AM CST
you get what you vote for! by the way what is up with the funny hat that lady has on?
JERZJOE
Jan 1, 2014 10:11 AM CST
just wait till all the rich people & Business?es leave NY when all those new taxes that de blasio wants to put on them to pay for it all. see ya NY not a nice place to open up a business & live there anymore.