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Bill Clinton to Swear In de Blasio as NYC’s 109th Mayor

New York Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said, “I’m going to begin a mission that I look forward to working with my fellow mayors on, certainly work with the president on, to slowly but surely turn the congressional focus in particular back to investments in education, infrastructure, mass transit, housing, the kinds of things that would change New York City so fundamentally.” Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton will swear in Bill de Blasio as New York City’s 109th mayor at a Jan. 1 ceremony on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

Clinton will attend the event with his wife, Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, for whom de Blasio worked as manager of her successful 2000 campaign for U.S. senator from New York.

De Blasio, 52, who won a 49-percentage-point election victory in November after campaigning against income inequality, becomes the first Democrat to control City Hall in 20 years. He worked in President Clinton’s administration as a regional director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The occasion will also include the swearing-in of Scott Stringer, 53, as city comptroller and Letitia James, 51, as citywide public advocate. It will feature music and be attended by at least 1,000 members of the public admitted by lottery.

Clinton will use a bible owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to swear in the new mayor of the largest U.S. city. The former president will be introduced by Lissette Ortiz, a senior at Medgar Evers College and immigrant from the Dominican Republic who moved to the U.S. at 15, according to an e-mail from the de Blasio transition office.

De Blasio will succeed Michael Bloomberg, who held the office for three four-year terms beginning in 2002, having run twice as a Republican and once, in 2009, as an independent who also appeared on the Republican ballot line. The current mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

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