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Published on: January 1, 2018 02:51 PM
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is sworn in by United States Senator Bernie Sanders at the City of New York 2018 Inaugural Ceremonies on January 1, 2018 on the steps of City Hall. (Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photography Office)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is sworn in by United States Senator Bernie Sanders at the City of New York 2018 Inaugural Ceremonies on January 1, 2018 on the steps of City Hall. (Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York - Bill de Blasio began his second term as New York City mayor Monday at a swearing in ceremony outdoors in freezing temperatures, taking the oath of office administered by Brooklyn native and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“By Vermont standards this is a warm and pleasant afternoon,” Sanders, joked the crowd at City Hall Park.

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De Blasio won re-election handily in November, becoming the first Democrat to return to City Hall in New York since Edward Koch 1985.

He boasted about the city recording the lowest number of annual homicides since the early 1950s. The city was on pace in mid-December to record fewer than 300 homicides, a 14 percent drop from the year before.

“We have brought police and community together like never before,” De Blasio said. “We have dedicated ourselves to a vision of true neighborhood policing and it works.”

As a national leader in progressive politics, de Blasio said he envisions a city that serves more than the elite and Wall Street titans.

“The deepest, truest stakeholders of this town are the people who do the work, who every day make this city come to life but have too often not reaped the rewards,” he said. “We have a responsibility, every one of us, to ensure that New York remains a beacon to our nation and to our world.”

Sanders, an independent who made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, praised de Blasio’s work on providing pre-kindergarten education and other progressive issues.

“In this city, the largest city in our country, the people of New York under Bill de Blasio have chosen to move government in a very different direction than what we’re seeing in Washington,” Sanders said. “Instead of pandering to billionaires, we have a government here which has chosen to listen to the needs of working families.”

Also sworn-in for second terms were fellow Democrats, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The ceremony came on a frigid New Year’s Day; it was about 14 degrees (minus 10 Celsius) by early afternoon.

(Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photography Office)(Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photography Office)

While nearly everyone in attendance was bundled up in multiple layers to ward off the Arctic chill and taking advantage of the hand warmers distributed by City Hall, 18 year old Manhattan resident Harry Kile showed up to the inauguration in shorts, insisting he wasn’t cold and had come to “see the mayor and Bernie.”

Independent freelance writer Marc Hermann (sandy Eller/VINnews.com)Independent freelance writer Marc Hermann (sandy Eller/VINnews.com)

Independent freelance writer Marc Hermann, who serves as the secretary and historian of the New York Press Photographers Association showed up with a vintage camera, tucking his yellow press pass into the band of his fedora, a la Dick Tracy.  Hermann is on a quest to cover contemporary stories using vintage equipment.

“I am a regressive photographer covering a progressive mayor,” quipped Hermann.

Eddie Rogan, a member of IBEW Local Union No. 3, is one of 1,800 workers who have been on strike against Charter Communications/Spectrum for the last ten months and one of the few at City Hall who had a beef with Mayor de Blasio. 

“Spectrum wants to take away all of our benefits and our 401K but no one wants to talk about it because Spectrum owns the media,” Rogan told VIN News.  “This gentleman who is about to be inaugurated has turned his back on us. It’s been promises, promises, promises and nothing, him and the governor. I just want to ask him why.  How many faces can one man actually have?”

But it was clear from the cheering crowds, despite the excruciatingly cold weather that de Blasio was the man of the hour.

“The mayor is someone I supported from day one,” said Richard Iyasere, a member of Community Board 1 in the Bronx and a community liaison at the African Advisory Council of the Bronx under Borough President Ruben Diaz.  “Mayor de Blasio, thank you, thank you for your service.”


Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)
Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.  (Credit: Sandy Eller/VINnews)


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 Jan 01, 2018 at 03:16 PM Anonymous Says:

DeBlasio ,& Sanders ...Oy!!!

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 03:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

DeBlasio ,& Sanders ...Oy!!!

Hashem Yiracheim

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 03:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Correction to #1- DeBlasio and Sanders-Oy Vey, iz mir!!!!

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

We really have to stop reelecting the incumbent.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 04:08 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Now all the wannabes askanim who only care for attention and money have a bribe friendly mayor.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 04:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Correction to #1- DeBlasio and Sanders-Oy Vey, iz mir!!!!

I stand corrected .

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Heaven Help Us

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 06:56 PM Geulah Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

We really have to stop reelecting the incumbent.

And who are you going to elect when the machine controls everything and the media follows the machine. You have judges that are political hacks, councilman that political hacks and you want an independent mayor. When the media finds a darling or the citizens of NY swing the pendulum in the opposite direction looking for the elusive midpoint, then you'll get a Repugnican again. Now you have a Democlod. Remember these are our representatives and if that doesn't insult you, I don't know what will. Welcome back to the reality of American politics.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 07:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

DeBlasio ,& Sanders ...Oy!!!

Stop yoy..kening. He was elected by the majority of the People unlike the POTUS who got elected by Electorates or electrolytes or whatever and still needed the ruskies to get him over the line.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 07:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

We really have to stop reelecting the incumbent.

"Stop reelecting the incumbent" I disagree. Look at Israel. Bibi was elected 4 times. If Obama would be today the POTUS we all would be better off.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 07:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Geulah Says:

And who are you going to elect when the machine controls everything and the media follows the machine. You have judges that are political hacks, councilman that political hacks and you want an independent mayor. When the media finds a darling or the citizens of NY swing the pendulum in the opposite direction looking for the elusive midpoint, then you'll get a Repugnican again. Now you have a Democlod. Remember these are our representatives and if that doesn't insult you, I don't know what will. Welcome back to the reality of American politics.

For Heaven's sake, run for mayor.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 07:31 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Stop yoy..kening. He was elected by the majority of the People unlike the POTUS who got elected by Electorates or electrolytes or whatever and still needed the ruskies to get him over the line.

Illegals, project welfare queens, satmar and other non real Americans

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

"Stop reelecting the incumbent" I disagree. Look at Israel. Bibi was elected 4 times. If Obama would be today the POTUS we all would be better off.

I meant, stop indiscriminately reelecting the incumbent.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:17 PM PowerUp Says:

Feh.....what a piece of slime!!

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Illegals, project welfare queens, satmar and other non real Americans

"Illegals,project welfare queens, satmar," disabled, muslims, fake press, mexicans, Spanish, Democrats, liberals, 87% of Jews, republican Senators, gays, woman, "and other non real americans" T

The Real americans: White Christian Males over 60 (Who grew up with No Blacks, Jews and Dogs signs), Neo-Nazis, White supermacist and Lohavdil some Brooklyn Jews who are used to this from the Alte Heim is a different story.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:41 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

"Stop reelecting the incumbent" I disagree. Look at Israel. Bibi was elected 4 times. If Obama would be today the POTUS we all would be better off.

If the obamanation would still be potus he would have had the un vote that Israel is occupied territory and must give everything to the Arabs
And he would have given even more billion to the islamo fascists
He would be condemning Israel at every turn and recognized palestine as a state with Jerusalem as it's capitol
He would have forced rabbis to officiate at toevah weddings
B"H the evil one is gone and we have a pro Jewish pro Israel president

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 08:59 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

"Illegals,project welfare queens, satmar," disabled, muslims, fake press, mexicans, Spanish, Democrats, liberals, 87% of Jews, republican Senators, gays, woman, "and other non real americans" T

The Real americans: White Christian Males over 60 (Who grew up with No Blacks, Jews and Dogs signs), Neo-Nazis, White supermacist and Lohavdil some Brooklyn Jews who are used to this from the Alte Heim is a different story.

Before the civil rights era, crime was limited, people were patriotic, thugsdidnt take knees and America was a place not resembling the 3rd world de blasio core voters.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 10:29 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Mike miller of jcrc gave blessings to a guy who supports kol dovor assur and considers sarsour a friend is this another of this open " rabbis"? Jcrc doesn't speak for me, are there any communists they dislike?.

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 Jan 01, 2018 at 10:30 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Before the civil rights era, crime was limited, people were patriotic, thugsdidnt take knees and America was a place not resembling the 3rd world de blasio core voters.

And women and blacks were oppressed.

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 Jan 02, 2018 at 01:17 AM Mark Levin Says:

NYC continues down the toilet bowl into the sewers. In a few years they'll all come running begging for the Republicans (PLEASE G-D LET IT BE A REAL CONSERVATIVE!!) to save them again.

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 Jan 02, 2018 at 10:37 AM Anonymous Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

NYC continues down the toilet bowl into the sewers. In a few years they'll all come running begging for the Republicans (PLEASE G-D LET IT BE A REAL CONSERVATIVE!!) to save them again.

NYC down the toilet. Great Headline TRUMP is Bankrupt. All his Money and Kushners are in NYC.

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 Jan 02, 2018 at 12:03 PM Enough Already Says:

DeBlasio, the man responsible for the ruination of NYC. His progressive liberal agenda is the product of his sick mind and leftist leanings. DeBlasio, the mayor who has continuously lowered the bar on hirings in vital city agencies. DeBlasio, a man with higher political aspirations, yet unsuited for what he currently has. One can only hope that he and Governor Cuomo go at it and destroy each other while trying to get politically further.

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 Jan 02, 2018 at 03:01 PM NYC Says:

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Enough Already Says:

DeBlasio, the man responsible for the ruination of NYC. His progressive liberal agenda is the product of his sick mind and leftist leanings. DeBlasio, the mayor who has continuously lowered the bar on hirings in vital city agencies. DeBlasio, a man with higher political aspirations, yet unsuited for what he currently has. One can only hope that he and Governor Cuomo go at it and destroy each other while trying to get politically further.

I don't like DeBlasio, but he doesn't try to ban soda, and for the first time, the subway system is almost functional.

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