New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is sworn in for second term
By: Pam Collins, Xiro Xone News January 5, 2018 Updated: 7:10 AM PT
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in on Monday January 1, 2018 to begin his second term as mayor of New York City. The swearing-in ceremony took place outdoors in freezing air temperature near 10 degrees and wind chills of zero to minus-5.
Brooklyn, New York native and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders administered De Blasio’s oath of office. The night before the ceremony, he celebrated his reelection with family, friends, and constituents at Gracie Mansion.
Mayor de Blasio was re-elected with 66 percent of the vote after a tough but somewhat successful four years in office in the biggest city in the nation. Recognizing there is still work to be done, de Blasio and many of his supporters feel, progress has been made. Test scores are up, more kids are graduating, crime is down, affordable housing is being built and employment on the rise, so yes, “there has been progress under de Blasio” said one constituent attending the ceremony.
One of the first things Mayor de Blasio plans to do for the city is install additional Bollards. He and the Security Infrastructure Working Group announced plans to bring permanent perimeter barriers, or bollards, to high-profile sites and to create a process to streamline their design and construction. The Administration plans to double its $7.5 million commitment in the September Capital Plan for permanent bollards in Times Square, and will commit in excess of $50 million to commence the broader rollout of new protective measures in public spaces, including 1,500 new bollards as part of an initial installation phase.
“In 2017, New Yorkers witnessed the horrible capacity of people willing to do us harm, whether it was in our subways, on our bike paths or in Times Square,” said Mayor de Blasio. “But we will not be cowed, and our expanded investment today in barriers and bollards in our public spaces underscores our resolve in keeping New York City safe from future attacks. In this new year, we can and will protect our iconic public spaces while New Yorkers go on living our lives, including by hosting a record number of tourists.”
"We are lucky to live in a culturally rich city of over 8.6 million people that tens of millions of tourists from all over the world choose to visit every year, but with that comes great responsibility to keep them all safe. We have seen instances in which bollards have effectively achieved this, and prevented greater tragedies and loss of life. The expansive use of bollards is a proactive step in protecting New Yorkers and tourists on our streets and sidewalks," said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Committee on Transportation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio seems ready to hit the ground running into his second term. Many believe, if the second term is as successful as the first, he will land on his feet and have a future in a bigger house painted, white.