De Blasio: 'We Won't Wait' for Equality

NYC's new mayor ceremonially sworn in by Bill Clinton

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2014 2:59 PM CST

(Newser) – New York City got its 109th mayor officially just after the ball dropped, but saved the pomp of Bill de Blasio's public inaugural for this afternoon. In front of a who's-who of New York's political elite, de Blasio took the oath of office on the steps of City Hall from Bill Clinton, and wasted no time in outlining a progressive vision that focused on equality, reports the New York Times. "We will make this one city," he said. "And that mission—our march toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation—it begins today."

De Blasio wants to develop affordable housing, boost city hospitals, and expand pre-kindergarten—and he wants to raise taxes on high-earners to do it. "We do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success," he said. "We do it to create more success stories." His message got a thumbs up from Clinton, reports Politico, who told the crowd that "I strongly endorse Bill de Blasio’s core campaign commitment to shared opportunities … and this inequality problem bedevils the entire country."

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton arrive before Bill de Blasio arrives to take the oath of office on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Charles Schumer arrive before Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bill Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrive before Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bill de Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray, and Harry Belafonte watch Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana perform before de Blasio took the oath of office, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio arrives to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bill Clinton speaks during the public inauguration ceremony for new mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the public inauguration ceremony for Bill de Blasio at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bill Clinton speaks during the public inauguration ceremony for new mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bill de Blasio shakes hands with Bill Clinton before taking the oath of office on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Chiara de Blasio, Dante de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wave to onlookers, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
While wife Chirlane McCray holds the bible, Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office, administered by BIll Clinton during the public inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bill Clinton administers the oath of office to Bill de Blasio as wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante, and daughter Chiara watch on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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