Bill de Blasio officially became the Big Apple’s 109th mayor when he was sworn in after midnight and publicly celebrates his new post with a Jan. 1, 2014 Inauguration Ceremony on the steps of City Hall at noon.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office on a Bible once used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The formal midday service was held hours after De Blasio officially took office just after midnight on Jan. 1 in a small ceremony at his home in Brooklyn.
With an election campaign that touted him as the anti-Bloomberg, according to Reuters, de Blasio won with nearly 70 percent of the vote, promising voters he’d confront the gaping affordability gap within the city that has left many middle class families struggling to cover basic living expenses.
He is New York City’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
Watch the full Inaugration Ceremony below:
Transcript as prepared for delivery:
Bill de Blasio: Thank you, President Clinton, for your kind words. It was an honor to serve in your administration, and we’re all honored by your presence. I have to note that, over 20 years ago, when a conservative philosophy seemed dominant, you broke through – and told us to still believe in a place called Hope.
Thank you, Secretary Clinton. I was inspired by the time I spent on your first campaign. Your groundbreaking commitment to nurturing our children and families manifested itself in a phrase that is now a part of our American culture – and something we believe in deeply in this city. It Takes A Village.
Thank you, Reverend Fred Lucas Jr., Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Monsignor Robert Romano, and Imam Askia Muhammad for your words of prayer.
Thank you, Governor Cuomo. Working with you at HUD, I saw how big ideas can overcome big obstacles. And it will be my honor to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with you again.
Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg. To say the least, you led our city through some extremely difficult times. And for that, we are all grateful. Your passion on issues such as environmental protection and public health has built a noble legacy. We pledge today to continue the great progress you made in these critically important areas.
Thank you, Mayor Dinkins, for starting us on the road to a safer city, and for always uplifting our youth – and I must say personally, for giving me my start in New York City government. You also had the wisdom to hire a strong and beautiful young woman who walked up to me one day in City Hall and changed my life forever.