Mayor Bill de Blasio: Live Inauguration Coverage

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Live coverage of the de Blasio inauguration ceremony, anchored by Brian Lehrer, with analysis and live coverage from Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin of the WNYC newsroom, writer Suketu Mehta, and Columbia Public Policy professor Ester Fuchs.

Audio of de Blasio Speech Below

Full transcript here.

Reopened for Today Only: Bill de Blasio Time Capsule

For inauguration day -- and inauguration day only! -- we're reopening the Bill de Blasio time capsule. Answer the question "How Will New York City be Different in 2017?" Put your answer in the time capsule here.

Live Stream of Ceremony

Watch the ceremony live below. You can also watch video of the official swearing in last night at midnight.



Twitter Coverage of Inauguration Day (Press Play to View)

Comments [44]

Having practiced for years with their pusillanimous coverage of the alpha resident of Washington, D.C., the so-called fourth estate prepares for another round of flatulent obeisance in the service of ideological loyalty:

" . . . Later, when reporters tried to approach volunteers at the event, staffers quickly swooped in, saying the volunteers were barred from talking to the press.

"And after Mr. de Blasio’s speech, reporters gathered inside on a carpet awaiting the Clintons were ordered by security guards off the carpet and behind columns where several refused to go. When asked who was inside, a de Blasio aide guarding the entrance was terse.

“Keep wondering,” he offered. . . . "

Jan. 02 2014 08:29 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"Great that de B acknowledged that Dinkins started the city on its path to safety."

LOL, yes, Rinky Dink Dinkins did that by losing to Giuliani and allowing a competent mayor to take his place.

Guffaw lefties are a real hoot.

Jan. 01 2014 08:02 PM
Bonn from EV

Walt, Yes, there is a program of speakers and statements from each of the elected officials, plus interesting facts about City Hall. Yay, Harry B. and Bill C. Great that de B acknowledged that Dinkins started the city on its path to safety.

Jan. 01 2014 04:16 PM
chilady from Manhattan

So much to say...Manhattan, when I arrived in the mid'50s seemed an integrated city economically, at least. Now neighborhoods have been destroyed and the mom & pop stores which serviced those neighborhoods are fast disappearing. And for the city that draws young talented hopefuls in the arts only the great Harry B made a cultural reference and he spoke of Dickens. Lennon's song and a B'way singer were the only other indirect references to the country's culture capitol.

Jan. 01 2014 03:02 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

@Amy - re Bill Clinton doing the swearing in -- he didn't. Bill De Blasio was sworn in at midnight by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The noon ceremony is ceremonial, so it has no legal meaning, so anyone can do it.

Jan. 01 2014 02:44 PM

What's with the full scale ceremonies? Why couldn't they just swear the guy in and move on. I think I just heard Andrea Bernstein say something like people will have to pressure the deBlasio to keep his promises. That worked real good with Obama. Jeez what a circus.

Jan. 01 2014 02:14 PM
ruth from the oranges, nj

I find Andrea Bernstein's dismay that the Mayor referred to the Great Depression laughable. What is there about 22,000 homeless children living in squalid conditions, 46% of the NYC citizenry at or below the poverty level, and a starvation minimum wage, that Ms. Bernstein doesn't understand. For these NYC citizenry they are living in a great depression.

Jan. 01 2014 02:11 PM
Burtnor from Manhattan

I'm a DeBlasio supporter, but this ceremony was an embarrasment. With a few exceptions - Belafonte, Clinton - it looked, as one commenter noted, like amateur hour. James was the worst, using a homeless family as a prop for the James Show, which went on and on shamelessly, with inflammatory language and a politics of resentment that does not reflect her mission to adcocate for all New Yorkers. I hope this doesn't augur poorly for this Mayor's term of office.

Jan. 01 2014 02:10 PM
MFan from Staten Island

I am so tired of hearing how DeBlasio is a populist, in touch with outer borough concerns. He lives in PARK SLOPE. One of the most bourgeois, gentrified, wealthy neighborhoods in the entire city. What is the going rate for a 1 BR apartment on his street? His child, while yes, of mixed race and wonderfully metropolitan and informed, was fortunate to be born into such a neighborhood, with their fantastic public schools and endless opportunity. That was not the experience of myself, or countless other New Yorkers I know.

Park Slope (and Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, etc.) is not part of the "outer boroughs" as his campaign has defined it, and those charmed enough to live in those places do not have the same concerns as those of us in Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and even southern Brooklyn.

Jan. 01 2014 02:07 PM
inwoodita from nyc

I don't know who that last person was who was on with Brian but to object that this isn't the Depression is just so fatuous. No, it's not the Depression, and people aren't starving, but does she realize that's because so many people have the option to live on credit cards? Has anyone thought to examine the amount of credit card debt everyone has since the Recession began? Because everyone I know has tons of debt. We're keeping the economy going with our credit lines.

Jan. 01 2014 02:02 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm not sure "We won't wait. We'll do it now." makes a good repetition line. Unless Mayor DeBlasio went inside City Hall & immediately enacted some measures to do the things he talked about, or at least sent some proposed bills to the City Council. Well, for all I know, maybe he did!

Jan. 01 2014 02:01 PM
mary c from manhattan

I resent the use of the child Dasani as a political tool and a way to shame others. Too much negativity right off the bat. I see a lack of respect for the child's autonomy.
Deblasio speech was underwhelming at best. Not inspiring.
As a liberal I see them tripping on thier own negativity.

Jan. 01 2014 01:55 PM
fuva from harlemworld

I think de Blasio really does want to address the critical, multifaceted problem of income/opportunity inequality. Just not convinced that he actually knows how. Most of us don't...When solving a problem it's very important to understand it. As with most modern problems, we are not sufficiently informed, to apply informed solutioning. We have not figured out how to make comprehensive info attract folk from the gadgets/1000 tv channels/sites and myriad other distractions, AND how to make it accessible to the stressed masses...

Jan. 01 2014 01:47 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Manifesto is a good word, he is a radical. He is radically pro-abortion, will attack the pregnancy care centers, will use tax payer money to build more abortion clinics, etc. This is a failure to correct our main and horrible and ongoing crime. As a result he will probably preside over the end of New York.

Jan. 01 2014 01:43 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Manifesto is a good word, he is a radical. He is radically pro-abortion, will attack the pregnancy care centers, will use tax payer money to build more abortion clinics, etc. This is a failure to correct our main and horrible and ongoing crime. As a result he will probably preside over the end of New York.

Jan. 01 2014 01:41 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Manifesto is a good word, he is a radical. He is radically pro-abortion, will attack the pregnancy care centers, will use tax payer money to build more abortion clinics, etc. This is a failure to correct our main and horrible and ongoing crime. As a result he will probably preside over the end of New York.

Jan. 01 2014 01:41 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

I don't see the wisdom in a combative approach. I am a progressive, and was active with Occupy. It's one thing for a political movement or someone outside the power structure to take a combative approach -- that can be useful and good strategy. I don't know how wise it is for a mayor to kick off his administration with zero effort to bring to the table Wall Street and the supporters of Bloomberg. I don't see any promise in De Blasio to be a savvy administrator, I'm sorry to say. We'll see -- I hope I'm wrong. I would have preferred to have him say something along the lines of, "Wall Street -- I know you've been caricatured as greedy and insensitive. I know there are many of you who understand the dangers to the economy in the massive inequality we face. I look forward to working with you."

Jan. 01 2014 01:38 PM

Did not see any Hindus do any invocation? There are quite a few Hindus in NYC. Heck parking rules are suspended on Diwali.

Jan. 01 2014 01:37 PM
tom from astoria

If you are taking time capsule predictions for those who couldn't get on the air: By 2017 there will be a scandal that everyone will be talking about landlords and huge developers who have bent the laws and despite tax breaks have kept rent levels artificially high. Whenever there is a huge volume of incoming money there will be scandal.

Jan. 01 2014 01:36 PM
stan chaz from Brooklyn USA

The Republican Party is a political party FOR the rich, BY the rich, and OF the rich
...and anyone else that they can trick into following them. They are sooo afraid that incoming Mayor DeBlasio will actually try to treat ALL New Yorkers with fairness, with justice, and with equality. A refreshing change ....from 20 long years of Mayor Forty-One-Shots Giuliani, and Mayor Stop&Frisk Bloombucks --and his One Percent Wall Street friends. Under their reigns, New York has become a playground for the super-rich:
Obscenely priced toys, the super-rich buy. While the disposable poor, they just struggle and die. The view from the gutter is different, you see. For we’ve been down so long, that it looks like up to me. Inequality, injustice, and lack of fair play? Too bad for our outcasts, too bad you say. Trickle-down largesse? Yes, it urinates on us. But they get what they deserve! -the underclass. Don’t soak the rich. Soak the poor instead, as I weep besides the golden door. Surely they reap what they sow, ...the “least of these”. The hopeless, the homeless, the hungry children ....Just ignore their pleas. Our political puppets, they deny poverty. God, is THIS what we mean by “society”?

Jan. 01 2014 01:35 PM

Is there a printed program on this thing? I wanted to see the names of the speakers

Jan. 01 2014 01:25 PM

Where is Rudy Guilliani?

Jan. 01 2014 01:15 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Ol' Bill, towing the line. Crafty as ever.

Jan. 01 2014 01:08 PM
Mary Olson from Jersey CIty, NJ

Harry Belafonte's speech was extraordinary, inspired. I don't believe I've heard a better speech, ever. Thank you WNYC!

Jan. 01 2014 01:06 PM

Wow only wins, wcbs, wnyc radio covering. And only channel 13 covering on over the air tv. Nothing on channels 2, 4, 7, 5, 9 and 11. Will need to up my contributions to public media

Jan. 01 2014 01:01 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Wow. What a GREAT performance. One of the better renditions.

Jan. 01 2014 12:59 PM
James Lawrence from Little Italy

Ugh. Can we re-vote?

Jan. 01 2014 12:59 PM
Hal from NYC

How refreshing to have atheism represented. Imagine!

Jan. 01 2014 12:58 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Yea, Cynthia Nixon!!! Love her!

Jan. 01 2014 12:55 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Oh, I'm a mess right now. Go 'head Leticia!

Jan. 01 2014 12:47 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Yo, so far so good on my first mayoral inauguration EVER! How brilliantly colorful.

Jan. 01 2014 12:35 PM
Jasb from new york

What a sacrilege that man just made with that prayer disgraceful

Jan. 01 2014 12:33 PM
fuva from harlemworld


Jan. 01 2014 12:28 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Oooooh, Harry, tell it!

Jan. 01 2014 12:21 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Oooooh, Harry, tell it!

Jan. 01 2014 12:20 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The Chief Justice didn't have the wrong script for Pres. Obama's oath of office--he paused in the middle of a clause but then completed it, so Pres. Obama started to repeat the phrase, & that threw him (maybe both of them) off.

Jan. 01 2014 12:17 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Who usually swears in new mayors? Or isn't there a "usually"? Can NYC mayor-elects (or mayors-elect?) choose whoever they want to administer the oath of office?

Jan. 01 2014 12:08 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

For his first two terms, Mayor Mike was good for the city 'though his over-reliance on 'stop and frisk' - half a million stops per year, less than 100 guns collected - was very heavy handed and did more harm than good for the city's race relations. His viewpoint is as a rich guy and his concerns mostly reflected rich guy concerns. If there are two Americas, Mayor Mike (as well as most other politicians) are from the other one. FDR he ain't.

However, his running for a third term was highly hypocritical and reduced my sympathy for the man a great deal. Rather than eliminate term limits altogether, he followed a strategy to get them lifted 'this time'. Absurd.

I do not favor term limits as I believe that representative democracies do not run on autopilot but if there is a term limit law in place it ought to have been followed.

The end-run BS by pols to favor themselves and their donors has got to end somewhere.

Jan. 01 2014 11:57 AM
Linda from Manhattan

I live in Stuyvesant Town on the East Side of Manhattan. We asked former Mayor Bloomberg to help us buy Stuyvesant Town and its sister complex, Peter Cooper Village, when they were put up for sale by MetLife, but he declared that it was a "private matter" and refused to help us. Helping us would have helped to preserve 25,000 units of affordable housing. Instead, tenants here suffered mightily under the new owner and Bloomberg buddy, Tishman Speyer, who tried to dislodge as many rent stabilized tenants as they could before they walked away from the property when they couldn't make a financial go of it. Now, the Special Servicer in place here until the properties are sold once again, CWCapital, has done EVERYTHING you can think of to make life here utterly miserable for tenants in the hope that we will simply give up and leave. They have no interest in retaining ANY tenants. Their business plan is to have the apartments turning over constantly so they can continually raise the rent rolls, putting many apartments out of the affordable range. In order to rent these now expensive apartments, CWCapital has packed apartments with often noisy and inconsiderate students and living here has become a nightmare for the many tenants who live above, below, beside or on the same floor as the students. Bloomberg he had no trouble trying to tell people how large a soda they could consume, which was also a "private matter". Clearly, not all private matters were equal in Bloomberg's eyes. His refusal to help has turned my once beloved home into a miserable place to live. To read more about what is going on here, please visit the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association Facebook page:

Jan. 01 2014 11:52 AM
Fishmael from NYC


I heard you repeat in this segment the received wisdom that attracting many rich people to NYC is automatically a good thing. Should this be accepted at face value? Perhaps it *could* be a good thing, if they (and their companies and corporations) contributed under a more equitable tax structure...

Jan. 01 2014 11:44 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I saw and felt the city being destroyed under Mr. Liberal Lindsay. And I suspect DeBlasio will be worse. I hope and pray on this New Years Day, that I'm wrong.

Jan. 01 2014 11:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Under DeBlasio we won't have to worry about rich people wanting to come here and thereby driving housing rents higher. The ones here will be fleeing soon enough. Housing will become affordable when no one wants to live here anymore.

Jan. 01 2014 11:31 AM
Luz Baez from Bklyn NY

New NYC Leadership! Looking forward to the change!

Jan. 01 2014 11:18 AM
Karen from NYC

Like most politicians, former Mayor Bloomberg had an abstract view of NYC. In his fishbowl as a billionaire he had no idea how affordable housing has effected NY'ers. This stat of the massive amounts of affordable housing under his administration is ridiculous. The developers in the city had only to make a small percentage of affordable housing available -- that did not parallel the needs of the people. He was a let them eat cake mayor!

Jan. 01 2014 11:17 AM

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