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De Blasio Takes Charge at City Hall

New Year’s Day marked the beginning of a new era in city government as Bill de Blasio took the oath of office last Wednesday, Jan. 1, to become the city’s 109th mayor. His term officially began at 12:01 a.m. that morning in Park Slope, where he was installed as mayor by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman during a small ceremony outside de Blasio’s home. The formal inauguration took place just after noon on the steps of City Hall, where de Blasio was sworn in by former President Bill Clinton. At de Blasio’s side for both occasions were the other members of the city’s new first family-his wife, Chirlane McCray, and children Dante and Chiara de Blasio. Mayor de Blasio is shown addressing the crowd of thousands of dignitaries and guests which included Gov. Andrew Cuomo; former mayors Michael Bloomberg and David Dinkins; and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. New Year’s Day was also the official start of the terms of new Public Advocate Letitia James, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and 20 new members of the City Council.

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