Bill de Blasio, 52, is officially the new mayor of New York City. He took the mayoral oath of office on Wednesday morning, according to a Huffington Post report on Wednesday. The oath was administered by former President Bill Clinton. Clinton’s wife, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was also present.
Becoming the 109th mayor of the largest city in the United States, de Blasio said in a speech that big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few but the animating force behind every community – in every borough.
The new mayor, with an extremely liberal agenda, is the first Democrat to be elected to the mayor’s office in New York City since 1993 despite the city’s reputation for being quite liberal.
De Blasio had been sworn in some 12 hours earlier at a ceremony outside his Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood home. At that ceremony, the oath was administered by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman where the new mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, and their two children were present. At the initial ceremony, de Blasio signed the required paperwork and paid a $9 fee to the city clerk.
De Blasio replaces Michael Bloomberg as the city’s mayor.