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De Blasio sworn in as 109th mayor of New York City


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Updated 1:30 p.m.

The Bloomberg era has ended and the de Blasio administration has begun.

New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio, was sworn in during a ceremony at his Park Slope, Brooklyn home just after midnight Wednesday, followed by a formal inauguration on the steps of City Hall later that day.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman officiated the New Year’s Eve oath of office, which was also attended by the mayor’s wife Chirlane McCray, daughter Chiara and son Dante.

“From the beginning, this has been our family together reaching out to the people of this city to make a change that we all needed. I want to thank you for having brought us to this moment,” de Blasio said after taking the oath in front of his home.

“To everyone this is the beginning of a road we will travel together,” he added.

Former President Bill Clinton swore in de Blasio on the steps of City Hall with a bible once owned by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

De Blasio previously served as a regional director in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration and managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign. Both endorsed de Blasio for mayor in the general election.

Before administering the oath, Clinton said it had been a “great joy” for his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and him to see de Blasio’s progress “because he has served with such passion and because he represents with his family the future of our city and the future of our country.”

Telling New Yorkers “our work begins today,” in his inauguration speech de Blasio pledged to expand the pay sick leave law, require big developers to build affordable housing, stem the tide of hospital closures, reform a broken stop-and-frisk policy and ask the wealthy to pay a little more in taxes to provide universal, full-day pre-k and after-school programs for middle schoolers.

“We won’t wait, we’’ll do it now,” he said.

“Let me be clear: When I said I would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it. And we will do it.” he added.

A thousand tickets were reserved for the general public to attend the public swearing-in ceremony, with de Blasio pledging that it would be an “inauguration for all New Yorkers.”

Several dozen New Yorkers from across the city were additionally invited to join the mayor on stage. The group included a Queens engineer who emigrated from Bangladesh, according to de Blasio.

Mayor de Blasio takes the subway with his family to his City Hall inauguration.

Queens resident and the 2014 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya Ramana, read an original poem at the inauguration, which she dedicated to de Blasio.

Ramana, a first generation Indian-American, grew up in the borough and recently won the New York Knicks’ Poetry scholarship to St. John’s University, where she is a first-year student, according to the mayor.

Letitia James, who is succeeding de Blasio as public advocate was also sworn in at City Hall Wednesday. The councilmember is the first woman of color to hold citywide office. Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President since 2006, was sworn in as city comptroller, replacing John Liu.

 

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Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 41. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph

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Cancer survivors celebrate ‘affirmation of life’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Johann Hamilton

BY JOHANN HAMILTON

Janet M. said she was filled with hope.

At the annual Cancer Survivors’ Day, hosted by the North Shore-LIJ Health System, she was surrounded by others winning the fight for their own lives.

Janet, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, joined the nearly 2,700 guests at the Monter Cancer Center on Saturday, where Harry Belafonte was keynote speaker.

“My journey as an artist has rewarded me with so much,” he said. “Not just the opportunity to sing and perform, but to be engaged in civilization’s hunger for truth and to be more committed to that truth. Life’s all about putting things in perspective, and that’s what I do.”

Belafonte, a cancer survivor himself, praised the attendees for winning their respective battles with cancer. He ended his speech with some of his famous songs.

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“I think this event is an affirmation of life,” said Daniel Budman, co-director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute. “Being diagnosed with cancer is horrible, but as medical research progresses it doesn’t necessarily mean there’ll be a horrible outcome.”

“It used to be just a diagnosis and a sorry, but lots of these diseases are treatable now,” he added.

Other speakers included oncologist and breast cancer survivor Monica Melville and North Shore-LIJ Health System chair Richard Goldstein. He described the audience not as survivors, but people who thrive on life.

“When I look around and see thousands of survivors, it gives me a feeling of hope,” said Janet. “I want to be able to come here one year as a survivor just like them.”

Harry Belafonte

 

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