Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. was one of four people to deliver an invocation during Wednesday’s ceremony.
Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City at midnight during a small ceremony at his Brooklyn home.
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.
Bloomberg’s final 48 hours in office included the unveiling of his official City Hall portrait and the signing of legislation banning plastic foam food containers and adding e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban. He will leave office when the clock strikes midnight and a new year is ushered in.
The swearing in will take place in front of City Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at noon. Incoming New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letita James, both Democrats, will also be sworn in at the ceremony at City Hall Plaza.
The young members of the P.S. 22 choir have become Staten Island celebrities and a part of American history, and on Monday, they were sharing their memories of performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
After a brief greeting, the superstar asked the audience to stand, and immediately belted out an unaccompanied rendition of the “The Star Spangled Banner” which was received with hoots and applause.
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
If you thought Beyonce’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” was flawless, that’s because parts of it were pre-recorded.
“Honestly when the music started, my heart steadied, I felt the love, the support and prayers of everybody surrounding me and then it just a matter of delivering it,” said Alicia Olatuja.
President Barack Obama took a public oath of office on Monday after he was sworn in during a private ceremony on Sunday. The Constitution requires presidential terms to begin on Jan. 20.
That included a watch party at the Harlem Armory, where applause erupted following the ceremonial swearing-in.
It’s not exactly the Red Carpet ceremony, but President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration has an unmistakable Hollywood look.
President Obama will repeat the swearing-in ritual again Monday on the west front of the Capitol before a crowd of hundreds of thousands.
Numerous inauguration viewing parties and other events have been were planned for Monday in New York, some of them in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.