New mayor sworn in, thanks supporters for 'taking on the elite'

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's new mayor says, "Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few."

Bill de Blasio was sworn in today, vowing to "give life to the hope of so many in our city." He thanked his family, his supporters and the city for "taking on the elite" and pushing for change.

Former President Bill Clinton administered the oath, as thousands of people braved cold New Year's Day temperatures to salute the new mayor.

The Democrat is pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda as he takes over from Michael Bloomberg, who was mayor for 12 years and who was among those attending the ceremony.

One speaker after another at today's event railed against the city's inequality. They delivered sharp rebukes to Bloomberg, though they never mentioned him by name.

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204-w-32-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio)--New York City's 109th mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio, was sworn in today and promised sweeping liberal changes. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (1 Jan 2014)

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188-a-14-(New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in remarks at swearing-in ceremony at New York City Hall)-"in our DNA"-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the progressive reforms his administration hopes to implement continue a long tradition in the city. (1 Jan 2014)

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187-a-16-(New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in remarks at swearing-in ceremony at New York City Hall)-"in every borough"-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the family that is New York City shares a faith in the powers of dreams as a path to success. (1 Jan 2014)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Bill De Blasio, as New York City Mayor-elect, arrives to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, graphic element on gray (1 Jan 2014)

APPHOTO NYSW136: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the public inauguration ceremony for the new mayor, Bill de Blasio, at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (1 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO NYSW132: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (1 Jan 2014)

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