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New mayor sworn in, thanks supporters for 'taking on the elite'

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 01: New York City's 109th Mayor, Bill de Blasio, speaks after being sworn-in as mayor at City Hall on January 1, 2014 in New York City. Mayor de Blasio was sworn in using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Following the 12 years of the Michael Bloomberg administration, Mayor de Blasio won on a liberal platform that emphasized the growing gulf between the rich and poor in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- New York's new mayor says, "Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few."

Bill de Blasio was sworn in today, vowing to "give life to the hope of so many in our city." He thanked his family, his supporters and the city for "taking on the elite" and pushing for change.

Former President Bill Clinton administered the oath, as thousands of people braved cold New Year's Day temperatures to salute the new mayor.

The Democrat is pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda as he takes over from Michael Bloomberg, who was mayor for 12 years and who was among those attending the ceremony.

One speaker after another at today's event railed against the city's inequality. They delivered sharp rebukes to Bloomberg, though they never mentioned him by name.

Associated Press

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