Tish James Declares Dasani Coates Is Her ‘New BFF’

Public Advocate Letitia James and Dasani Coates. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Public Advocate Letitia James with “Invisible Child” Dasani Coates. (Photo: William Alatriste)

Public Advocate Tish James delivered a fiery inauguration speech this afternoon, digging into the Michael Bloomberg administration and declaring Dasani Coates, the homeless girl profiled by the New York Times, who has becoming a symbol of inequality in the city, her new “BFF.” Continue reading “Tish James Declares Dasani Coates Is Her ‘New BFF’”

A Cold Exit for Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor’s Office)

It was a cold awakening for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent his first day as a civilian listening to speakers skewer his legacy, as he looked on, stone-faced in the winter chill at his successor’s inauguration ceremony.

Mr. Bloomberg, who departed City Hall last night with a triumphant walk through a receiving line of enthusiastic cheers, today returned for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, where he was met with a chilly reception as speakers lamented the current state of the city, especially when it comes to race relations and the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Continue reading “A Cold Exit for Mayor Bloomberg”

De Blasio Inauguration Starts With ‘Plantation’ Rhetoric

City Hall at today's inauguration event. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
City Hall at today’s inauguration event. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

During the election season, Bill de Blasio was often painted by conservatives as a leftist radical. But at his inauguration today, it was not Mr. de Blasio who dropped the most aggressive lines, but the first two speakers at the event.

In particular, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., who was among several chaplains representing the city’s uniformed workers, surprised many observers by comparing the five boroughs to a “plantation.” Continue reading “De Blasio Inauguration Starts With ‘Plantation’ Rhetoric”

‘We Will Succeed as One City’: De Blasio Doubles Down on Campaign Vows at Inauguration

Bill de Blasio and his family on stage at the inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and his family on stage at the inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated his inauguration this morning at a public swearing-in ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton, where he vowed to end he city’s “inequality crisis” in front of a crowd of dignitaries, electeds and members of the public packed into a frigid City Hall plaza.

Mr. de Blasio, addressing the city in a speech culminating the event, made his intentions clear–stressing that his campaign vow to end what he dubbed the “Tale of Two Cities” was far more than election-time rhetoric. Continue reading “‘We Will Succeed as One City’: De Blasio Doubles Down on Campaign Vows at Inauguration”

Bill de Blasio Sworn in as 109th Mayor of New York City

Bill de Blasio swearing in
Bill de Blasio is sworn in as the 109th Mayor of New York City by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. (Photo: Official photo by New York City Mayor’s Office)

Bill de Blasio was officially sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City just after midnight this morning outside his Park Slope home.

“I want to say to all of you how grateful we are,” Mr. de Blasio told the small group gathered on what he called “the most wonderful block in all of Brooklyn,” where he was joined by his wife, Chirlane, and his children, Dante and Chiara. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Sworn in as 109th Mayor of New York City”

Bill de Blasio to Be Sworn in at Midnight Ceremony at His Park Slope Home

Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Getty/Andrew Burton)
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray on election night. (Photo: Getty/Andrew Burton)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will officially take the oath office at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2014 in an “intimate ceremony” inside his Park Slope home, his transition team announced evening.

Mr. de Blasio will be sworn in by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The private midnight ceremony, which will be attended by his wife, Chirlane McCray and kids Dante and Chiara, and will be closed to the press, but will be live-streamed on the city’s official site, NYC.gov. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio to Be Sworn in at Midnight Ceremony at His Park Slope Home”

Clintons to Boost Bill de Blasio’s Swearing-In Ceremony

A younger Bill de Blasio poses for a photo with his wife, two children and Bill and Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
A younger Bill de Blasio poses for a photo with his wife, two children and Bill and Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in event will feature two of the biggest names in Democratic politics: former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Clinton himself will officially swear in Mr. de Blasio next Wednesday afternoon, the mayor-elect’s transition team announced Saturday. Continue reading “Clintons to Boost Bill de Blasio’s Swearing-In Ceremony”