On Wednesday, Bill de Blasio formally took the oath as the 109th mayor of the New York City. Bill Clinton, former U.S. President, administered the oath of office at a City Hall ceremony. It took place just hours after de Blasio took office officially just after midnight on January 1.
De Blasio superseded Michael Bloomberg, who successfully led the city during the chaos after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the global recession in 2007. He is credited for making the city safer and a better living place.
De Blasio ran his election campaign by highlighting the economic inequality that became conspicuous during Bloomberg’s mayoral period. In New York City, the apartment rents and monthly Metro Card’s cost increased almost 44 and 60 percent respectively over the last decade.
By presenting himself as an anti-Bloomberg candidate, de Blasio promised to try his best to close the affordability gap.
However, things are not going to be easy for de Blasio as he has only a few months to craft his first budget besides facing the challenges of running a city of more than 8 million voters.