Gone is the Mayor of stop-and-frisk. Yesterday, Bill de Blasio was sworn in on FDR’s bible to be New York’s 109th mayor.Â Seven best lines from de Blasio’s first speech as Mayor.
1. We know that our mission reaches deeper. We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our cityâ€™s history. Itâ€™s in our DNA.
3. New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis â€“ an inequality crisis. … Itâ€™s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.
4. We will require big developers to build more affordable housing. Weâ€™ll fight to stem the tide of hospital closures.
5. The spark that ignites our unwavering resolve to do everything possible to ensure that every girl and boy, no matter what language they speak, what subway line they ride, what neighborhood they call home â€” that every child has the chance to succeed.
6. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it.
7. Those earning between $500,000 and one million dollars a year, for instance, would see their taxes increase by an average of $973 a year. Thatâ€™s less than three bucks a day â€“ about the cost of a small soy latte at your local Starbucks.