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De Blasio sworn in as New York mayor

Bill de Blasio, an unabashed liberal Democrat who campaigned to reduce the gap between New York City's rich and poor, was formally inaugurated as the city's 109th mayor at a ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

Former US President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office using a Bible once used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

De Blasio had been sworn in earlier, just after midnight, at a ceremony at his home in Brooklyn.

He succeeds Michael Bloomberg, who led the city in the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the recession six years later. Bloomberg's policies have been credited with making the city safer, greener and more livable.

Running for office, de Blasio presented himself as an anti-Bloomberg candidate, decrying the "tale of two cities" that he said has emerged as New York shed its reputation, from the 1970s and 1980s, as a gritty and dangerous place.

After a resounding victory in November with more than 70 percent of the vote, de Blasio pledged to confront an affordability gap that has left those in the middle and bottom rungs of the economic ladder struggling to pay for basic services such as housing and mass transit.

"When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it. And we will do it," de Blasio said in excerpts of his inaugural speech released beforehand.

"That mission - our march towards a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation - it begins today," he said.

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