Bill de Blasio to be sworn in by Bill Clinton

Bill de Blasio's transition team tweeted this photo on Saturday of the young de Blasio family with the Clintons years ago.  Credit: Twitter
Bill de Blasio’s transition team tweeted this photo on Saturday of the young de Blasio family with the Clintons years ago.
Credit: Twitter

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as mayor Jan. 1 by Former President Bill Clinton, the de Blasio transition team announced on Saturday.

Clinton will use a bible that belonged to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the team said, on loan from the Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park on Long Island.

The team also promised “a ceremony featuring diverse and talented New Yorkers.”

President Clinton will be accompanied by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the team said. De Blasio was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager during the 2000 U.S. Senate race. He also was a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration.

“Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us,” de Blasio said in a statement.

The de Blasio team has opened up the inauguration to the public, giving out 1,000 free tickets. Some of those tickets have since found their way on to Craigslist to be resold for $20 to $30 a pop.

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