NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the 109th mayor of New York City while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda.
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De Blasio, 52, was first sworn in 12 hours earlier at a brief modest ceremony outside his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their two teenage children, he was administered the oath by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, signed the official paperwork and, with a broad smile, paid the requisite $9 fee to the city clerk.
The events at City Hall were conducted on a far grander scale.
Thousands of people braved cold New Year’s Day temperatures to salute the new mayor, who was slated to hold a receiving line in City Hall after the ceremony.