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Bill de Blasio to be sworn in as mayor by former President Bill Clinton


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City by former President Bill Clinton, de Blasio announced Saturday.

“I was honored to serve in President Clinton’s Administration and on Secretary Clinton’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for all of New York City,” de Blasio said. “Wednesday’s ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us.”

De Blasio previously served as Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration as well as campaign manager for Secretary Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign.

On Jan. 1, Clinton will swear in the incoming mayor on the steps of City Hall with a bible once owned by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The bible is on loan from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Lissette Ortiz, a senior at Medgar Evers College, will introduce Clinton. Ortiz moved to the United States when she was 15 from the Dominican Republic. She now lives in the Bronx and plans to pursue a career in public administration.


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Let’s set the record straight


| letters@queenscourier.com

Robert Hornak demonstrates, in his “Politics Aside” column of December 29, 2011, his lack of knowledge of both history and of the consequences of “fracking,” all the while making a blatant and undeserved attack on those opposed to the practice of the latter.

While misusing a quote, i.e.: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”, he attributes it, wrongly, to Theodore Roosevelt. The actual statement was, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” and it was made by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his first inaugural address.

Hornak should, if he wishes to try to pass himself off as a responsible journalist, do several things. They are, in no particular order:

A) Not use the awful term “Nazis” in connection with anyone except the terrible perpetrators of the Holocaust that caused suffering and cost so many people their lives;

B) Get his Roosevelts straight and not try to quote from history without making at least some small effort to get it right;

C) Learn a bit more about the process of Hydraulic Fracturing and the terrible effects it has, not only on drinking water, but upon the Earth itself.

When he has done those three things, and only then, should he have the temerity to even think about putting his words into print and to consider himself as being worth the ink that is wasted on him.

Stuart Hersh

Douglaston