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Hizzoner was officially sworn in during a ceremony at Gracie Mansion on Sunday

Mayor Bill de Blasio begins his second term Monday with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park.

'People have to be able to get around but they have to be safe at the same time, ' de Blasio said. "It is a reality that can not be sustained".

De Blasio's oath of office was administered by Sanders, the popular progressive leader who has championed policies to benefit middle- and working-class Americans, similar to the mayor's own politics.

He boasted about the city recording the lowest number of annual homicides since the early 1950s. "We know the overt and gleeful prejudice that is suddenly in vogue spits in the face of all that has made our city great, and we will not be passive in the face of regression".

"This gaudy celebration of discrimination based on faith or color or nationality is simply un-American", de Blasio said. "We are safer than any time since the 1950s".

Promising that the mayoralty would continue to resist the right-leaning approach of President Donald Trump - whose name not one speaker uttered - de Blasio said "to do anything less would be an affront to our very identity as New Yorkers". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a decision that gave the frigid outdoor ceremony a national political tilt.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has spent $50 million in protective measures in key locations, including for the installation of 1,500 metal barriers, or bollards.

"The deepest, truest stakeholders of this town", he said, "are the people who do the work - who every day make this city come to life, but have too often not reaped the rewards". FULL REMARKS OF SENATOR SANDERS Monday's event was ceremonial. "It will be more democratic". During a trip last month to meet with Democrats in Iowa, de Blasio told The Washington Post that he would campaign wherever the party needed him if it could help win Congress and state legislatures in the 2018 midterm elections.

De Blasio became the first Democrat to be re-elected in NY since Edward Koch in 1985. "I'll believe it when I see it".

James spoke more than the other two of her first-term accomplishments, including some in which she was pitted against the de Blasio administration. The governor appeared with Sanders to propose tuition-free state college educations for anyone whose family earned less than $125,000 a year. Cuomo's last opponent, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, lost his reelection bid previous year as suburban voters in NY and other states swung toward the Democrats.

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