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Bill de Blasio Era Begins in New York City

After relenting to media requests to provide access to an initial swearing in ceremony, also live-streamed here on the Web, Democrat Bill de Blasio paid a $9 filing fee and became the 109th mayor of New York City, being sworn in by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just after midnight.

"I, Bill de Blasio, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the state of new York, and the Charter of the city of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the Mayor of the City of New York, so help me God."

A Clinton crony with a long, well-connected history within the Clinton's political circle, de Blasio's ceremony will be repeated tomorrow at his formal inauguration with former President Bill Clinton presiding.

Most believe he could be critical to a potential Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2016 due to his ability to connect with the Democrat's increasingly leftist, populist base Hillary will need to win over to gain the nomination.


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