Winners of their respective elections were sworn into office earlier this week as the office holders brought a little bit of reform and a lot of the same old, same old.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg celebrated his third mayoral inauguration, the first mayor to do so since Ed Koch did it in the 1980s.
Bloomberg mentioned that he understood how some people felt about him overturning the term limits law but claimed that he sees the additional term as a special opportunity to finish what he started.
Regardless of what you think of Mayor Mike, the multimillionaire is saddled with all of the responsibilities that come with a third time at one of the most difficult times in the country’s history.
With many promises to keep, Bloomberg must figure out a way to continue along the lines of environmental protection, improving education and crime, helping grow new businesses, and create jobs while having to deal with a $4+ billion deficit.
Meanwhile, two officials that are entering only their first terms were not as excited about Mayor Mike’s third term.
Bill De Blasio, New York City’s new Public Advocate and former City Councilman, hit Bloomberg on his policies regarding education, development, homelessness, and the Bloomberg’s overall strategy of running the city as if it were a business, resulting in a “disconnect between the people and City Hall.”
In similar fashion, New York City’s new Comptroller (the first ever Asian-American to hold the office) and former member of the City Council John Liu slammed Mayor Mike for handing out millions worth of no-bid contracts and promised to investigate City Hall’s dealings with various contractors throughout his term.