Bill de Blasio as he signs the oath of office

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio is sworn in by former President Bill Clinton at City Hall in New York

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Twelve years ago, Bill de Blasio attended New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's inauguration as a newly-minted city councilman, unknown to most outside his Brooklyn district and a small circle of political operatives.

He is now Bloomberg's successor, elected by a record margin, supported by a former — and perhaps a future — U.S. president, and hailed as the face of a progressive movement that pledges a significant realignment of the nation's largest city. (AP)

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