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De Blasio Taking Office Citing Wealth Gap as Crime Falls

Bill de Blasio becomes New York’s 109th mayor today after winning election in a record landslide by pledging to reduce income inequality and restrain aggressive police tactics.

De Blasio, 52, the first Democrat to run City Hall in 20 years, faces the challenge of turning those campaign promises into policy. Among his first tasks as he succeeds three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg: persuading state lawmakers in Albany to approve higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for all-day pre-kindergarten and after-school programs for teens.