NEW YORK (PIX11) - Bill de Blasio’s inauguration as the 109th mayor of New York City provided an impressive backdrop for the media’s cameras: In attendance were a former president as well as a potential one come 2016 — his wife Hillary, actor and former FDNY firefighter Steve Buscemi, a long line of New Yorkers holding paper tickets, and the ubiquitous security of the NYPD positioned high and low.
Once new Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Leticia James took the oath of office, President Bill Clinton was called upon to introduce Mayor de Blasio.
However, before introducing the new mayor, Clinton thanked the previous one, “I also want to thank mayor Bloomberg who has committed so much of his life to this city.”
It was then that the former president introduced the the 109th Mayor of New York City and administered the oath of office on a bible once owned by another President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt.
A minute later, the Mayor was delivering his inaugural address. One that focused on producing equality in New York City by taxing New Yorkers making over $500,000 dollars a year, “We are called to to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love.”
After the new Mayor announced various new progressive initiatives, which included the likes of health care and education, he punctuated the new direction he’s about to take with seven words each time, “We won’t wait, we’ll do it now.”
Mayor de Blasio also was adamant in his address that he will not be a viewed as Mayor who was elected on empty campaign promises, “So let me be clear, when I said I will take dead aim at the ‘tale of two cities,’ I meant it.
Now while all eyes were focused on Mayor de Blasio during the inauguration, prior to it, PIX 11 News caught up exclusively with another member of his team garnering attention, new NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. When asked about the significance of the day, Mayor de Blasio’s biggest and most pivotal hire thus far said, “Great. Good day, a nice day to start. The weather is cooperating so far.”
When asked if it was exciting time or one filled with challenges? Commissioner Bratton said, “That is what makes it exciting.”
The first challenge is on the horizon. A severe snow storm set to hit New York City late Thursday.
Day two will be starkly different for Mayor de Blasio as the storm arrives..