Mayor Bill de Blasio began his second term with a swearing-in ceremony at New York City Hall on New Year's Day.
De Blasio's oath of office was administered by Sanders, the popular progressive leader who has championed policies to benefit middle- and working-class Americans, similar to the mayor's own politics.
The mayor was officially sworn-in Sunday during a ceremony at Gracie Mansion. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of NY snuck in late during de Blasio's speech, having been at another event beforehand. In 2014, de Blasio asked former president Bill Clinton to swear him in, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton watched from the dais as her husband praised de Blasio's "real modern family" and his campaign to create a city of "shared opportunities, shared prosperity, shared responsibilities".
"By Vermont standards this is a warm and pleasant afternoon", Sanders joked to the crowd at City Hall Park.More news: RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran wins by a margin of 40707 votes
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De Blasio, 56, in November became the city's first Democratic mayor to win re-election since Ed Koch in 1985. The police department's preliminary count is 290 homicides for 2017, a 14 percent drop from the year before. "People have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time", the mayor said. "We have dedicated ourselves to a vision of true neighborhood policing, and it works".
Sanders hailed de Blasio's priorities - prekindergarten for all city 4-year-olds, more below-market-rate housing, and a focus on mental health led by de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray. "We have a responsibility, every one of us, to ensure that NY remains a beacon to our nation and to our world".
"We know we have to do even more to keep people safe", de Blasio said on Tuesday.
Also sworn in for second terms were Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer, also Democrats. With the near year, come new security measures that the city plans to put into effect amid the attacks seen in situations like on Halloween in the West Side and earlier this year in Times Square. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.