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Today's Lead: De Blasio's Inauguration Address

by Mike Muller, Jan 02, 2014


In his inaugural address yesterday Mayor de Blasio promised to focus on inequality in New York City, describing social inequities as a “quiet crisis.” He praised Michael Bloomberg for his environmental stewardship but reiterated his campaign theme of a "Tale of Two Cities." Public Advocate Letitia James took the criticism of the former mayor further, hammering on the disparities of a city where "decrepit homeless shelters and housing developments stand in the neglected shadow of gleaming multimillion-dollar condos." Although the event was widely viewed as populist, and started off with some radical rhetoric by guest speakers, de Blasio was joined onstage by the centrist Clintons.

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