The new mayor of New York City took office Wednesday with a vow destined to warm the hearts of liberals across the country.
“When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In his inaugural speech, de Blasio talked of pursuing affordable housing, preserving local hospitals and expanding prekindergarten.
He took the ceremonial oath of office from former President Bill Clinton.
“We will make this one city,” de Blasio said. “And that mission — our march toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation — it begins today.”
The new mayor’s work will be closely watched as a new, and grand, experiment of the practicality of liberalism in a center-right nation.