It was a very happy new year for Bill de Blasio, as he was officially sworn in on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, as New York City’s 109th mayor—succeeding Michael Bloomberg, becoming the first Democrat in two decades to lead City Hall. The event ushers in what is expected to be a more liberal era of progressive governance in the US’ largest city.
Closing the Gap
On a chilly first day of 2014, former President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office for de Blasio using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Roosevelt. Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attended.
During the ceremony, de Blasio promised to take “dead aim” at closing the affordability gap he has decried as New York’s tale of two cities. Although the Big Apple is one of the biggest and richest cities in the nation, there is a widening gap between the rich and poor.
“Our city is no stranger to big struggles — and no stranger to overcoming them,” de Blasio said. “New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis — an inequality crisis. It’s not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It’s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.”