NEW YORK—With his hand on a bible once owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a smile on his face, Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City on Wednesday.
Former President Bill Clinton administered the oath. De Blasio worked for Clinton during the 90’s in Department of Housing and Urban Development and for Hilary Clinton in her Senate campaign.
The ceremony took place on the storied steps of City Hall as over 1,000 supporters braved the frigid temperatures to catch a piece of New York City history.
De Blasio took the subway with his family to City Hall. His entrance was played on the big screen to cheers from the crowd.
The de Blasio family walked up the steps and greeted supporters with high-fives and handshakes for roughly five minutes.
De Blasio is the first Democrat to take office in 20 years in New York.
“We will remember what makes New York…New York: A city that fights injustice and inequality—not just because it honors our values, but because it strengthens our people,” de Blasio said. “A city of five boroughs—all created equal.”
“When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it,” de Blasio said.