NEW YORK Mayor de Blasio was sworn in Monday by a bundled-up Sen. Bernie Sanders at a stripped-down affair at City Hall — where he said he’d work to make New York a safer, more affordable and inclusive place in his second term.
“We have a responsibility, every one of us, to ensure that New York remains a beacon to our nation and the world,” de Blasio said.
Hizzoner stood before a much smaller crowd than four years ago on an achingly cold afternoon, kicking off a second and final term in which many expect he will focus increasingly on national issues. The selection of Sanders, a Vermont senator and popular leader of the Democratic party’s left wing, did little to dial down those expectations, as the senator praised the mayor as a foil to President Trump.
“In this city, the largest city of 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,” said Sanders, a Brooklyn native.
He praised de Blasio for helping working people rather than billionaires, for launching universal pre-K, mental health programs and protecting immigrants.
“The bottom line is that what Mayor de Blasio and his administration understand is that in this country, in the home of Ellis Island, our job is to bring people together with love and compassion and to end the divisions and the attacks,” Sanders said.
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