Bill de Blasio sworn in as 109th mayor of New York City; first Democrat elected since 1989

Jan 02, 2014 588

by Jonathan Lemire

Bill de Blasio has been sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City, becoming the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in nearly two decades while vowing to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the largest U.S. city.

De Blasio took the oath of office moments after midnight Wednesday in front of his modest Brooklyn home and hours later was sworn in on a far grander scale on the steps of City Hall, taking the oath again as administered by former President Bill Clinton. "We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to put an end to the city that we love," de Blasio told the crowd.

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