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In the formal ceremony at City Hall Wednesday, Bill de Blasio accepted the responsibility to serve New Yorkers. As the 109th mayor of New York City, he promises to put an end to economic and social inequalities.
The larger celebration took place after a small ceremony in his home in Brooklyn shortly after midnight. De Blasio succeeds Michael Bloomberg, who was the mayor of New York for 12 years.
According to The New York Times, de Blasio said, “We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love." He added, “And so 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.”
De Blasio has also pledged to improve community relations, extend New York's historic drop in crime, and create less of a gap between the rich and the poor, according to Reuters.
Also attending the inauguration was his wife, Chirlane McCray, his daughter, Chiara and his son, Dante. To help de Blasio swear into office was former President Bill Clinton, who had the same Bible that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had.
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