NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City just after midnight New Year’s Day, in a small ceremony outside his Brooklyn home.
De Blasio was joined by his wife and their two teenage children for the ceremony, which was officiated by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“I want to say to all of you how grateful we are. From the beginning, this has been our family together, reaching out to the people of this city to make the change that we all needed,” de Blasio said. “I want to thank you for bringing us together for this moment.”
The mayor will be sworn in again during at a City Hall ceremony at noon Wednesday by former President Bill Clinton.
More than a thousand people were expected to cram onto the plaza in front of City Hall for the one-hour ceremony. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Clinton’s wife and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton were scheduled to be there. Some of de Blasio’s celebrity supporters, including actress Cynthia Nixon and singer Harry Belafonte, also planned to attend.
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.
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