Bill Clinton will be swearing in New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio at a January 1 ceremony on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan. Clinton will attend the event along with his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the 2000 campaign de Blasio worked as manager for Hillary’s U.S. Senator race.
De Blasio, 52, won a 49-percentage-point election victory in November after campaigning against income inequality. De Blasio becomes the first Democrat to control City Hall in 20 years. In the past, he worked in President Clinton’s administration as a regional director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Other individuals will be sweared in such as Scott Stringer, 53, as city comptroller and Letitia James, 51, as citywide public advocate. The event will be attended by at least 1,000 members of the public.
Clinton will use the bible owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to swear in the new mayor. According to an e-mail from the de Blasio transition office, Clinton 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.
De Blasio will take over the mayor’s office after Michael Bloomberg four-year term beginning in 2002. Bloomberg ran twice as a Republican and once in 2009 as an independent appearing on the Republican ballot line. The current mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.