NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former President Bill Clinton will be the one to swear in Bill de Blasio as mayor on Wednesday.
President Clinton will attend the New Year’s Day inauguration ceremony with Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a news release. Mayor-elect de Blasio has worked for both, serving as regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development under President Clinton, and then as the former secretary of state’s campaign manager when she ran successfully for the U.S. Senate in
“I was honored to serve in President Clinton’s Administration and on Secretary Clinton’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for all of New York City,” de Blasio said in a news release. “Wednesday’s ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us.”
Clinton will swear in de Blasio using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the release said. The Bible is on loan from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in the Hudson Valley community of Hyde Park.
Medgar Evers college senior Lissette Ortiz will introduce President Clinton. Born in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz moved to the U.S. when she was 15 and now lives in the Bronx, and is planning a career in public administration.
The ceremony is set for noon Wednesday on the steps of City Hall, and will last for about an hour.
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