[ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] AND THANK YOU ALL! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> AND NOW, PLEASE WELCOME SISTER IIISHA AND FATHER CRUZ FOR A JOINT INVOCATION [ SILENCE ] >> THANK YOU [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] >> Translator: IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST GRACIOUS, THE MOST MERCIFUL, ALLAH, WE SEEK YOUR HELP AND RELY ON YOUR COMPASSION FOR EACH BEGINNING AND FOR ALL MATTERS AS WE START THIS NEW TERM WE ASK THAT YOU PROTECT AND GUIDE THE HEARTS OF OUR MAYOR, BILL de BLASIO, PUBLIC ADVOCATE TISH JAMES AND COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER AND THEIR FAMILIES AND EMPLOYEES RENEW EACH DAY THEIR COURAGE, HUMILITY AND THEIR PASSION FOR JUSTICE AND COMPASSION FILL THEM DAILY WITH A LOVE OF HUMANITY, ENABLE THEM TO FULFILL THEIR TRUST TO SERVE ALL NEW YORKERS AND PROTECT YOUR CREATION MAY THEY REMAIN IN YOUR DIVINE FAVOR AND GRACE TODAY AND IN THE MONTHS TO COME AMEN >> GOOD AND GRACIOUS LORD, BLESS OUR LEADERS ESPECIALLY BILL de BLASIO, HIS FAMILY, CHIRLANE, DAUNTE AND SIERRA AND STRENGTHEN HIS STRENGTH AND WISDOM AND SERVICE TO OUR CITY GUIDE HIM AND OUR PUBLIC ADVOCATE LETITIA JAMES, KROMP TROLLER SCOTT STRINGER AS THEY BUILD A CIVIL THAT HONORS YOUR LAW AND YOUR LOVE GIVE TO ALL WHO SERVE IN PUBLIC SERVICE THE GIFT OF THE SEEING YOUR HOLY FACE IN ONE ANOTHER AND TO LIVE AND LOVE ACCORDINGLY MIGHTY GOD, SHINE YOUR GRACE UPON THE CITY OF NEW YORK BLESS THE WORK OF ALL OUR HANDS AND WE BUILD A JUST AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY MAKE US TRUE STEWARDS OF THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT, THE BIRTHRIGHT OF EVERY PERSON, REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, CULTURE OR LANGUAGE HELP US TOUCH THE POOR AND THE PERSECUTED, THE ILL, THE IMMIGRANT, THE WEAK AND THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE MAY WE BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, THE WARMTH IN THIS COLD MAY OUR WORK REVEAL THAT TRUTH, INTEGRITY AND HUMILITY SHAPE OUR LIVES AND WILL BRING THE PEACE THAT WE SO DESPERATELY DESIRE AND SEEK AMEN >> All: AMEN >> Announcer: AND NOW, PLEASE WELCOME MICHAEL KILLGORE FOR A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE ♪♪ ♪ OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH- ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ ♪ GOOD MORNING OR EVENING,

FRIENDS ♪ IT’S YOUR FRIENDLY ANNOUNCER ♪ I HAVE SERIOUS NEWS TO PASS ON TO EVERYBODY ♪ WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY ♪ ♪ COULD MEAN THE WORLD’S DISASTER, COULD BRING YOU JOY AND LAUGHTER ♪ INTO TEARS AND PAIN ♪ I’M TELLING YOU LOVE IS IN NEED ♪ LOVE TODAY ♪ DON’T DELAY BRING YOUR LOVE RIGHT AWAY ♪ YOU KNOW THAT HATE IS GOING AROUND WITHIN IN MANY HEARTS ♪ OOH, STOP IT, PLEASE, BEFORE IT GOES TOO FAR ♪ ALL I’VE GOT TO SAY, OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪♪ BEFORE THE EVENING ENDS AND YOUR POSSESSIONS AND IT WOULD BE WELL IF YOU LET IT BESTRIKE EVERYBODY ♪ WE ALL TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ♪ IF LOVE AND PEACE YOU TREASURE YOU WILL HEAR WHAT I SAY ♪ I’M TELLING YOU LOVE ♪ ♪ IS IN NEED ♪ ♪ LOVE TODAY ♪ DON’T DELAY BRING LOVE RIGHT AWAY, HEY, HEY ♪ HEY, HEY ♪ IT’S GOING AROUND ♪ AND IT’S BREAKING, OOH, BREAKING MY HEART ♪ HATE, STOP IT, PLEASE, WHY DON’T YOU STOP IT ♪ BEFORE IT GOES, IT GOES TOO FAR ♪ I FEEL LOVE AND NEED LOVE, LOVE ♪ OH, DON’T DELAY, NEED TO FEEL IT RIGHT AWAY ♪ YEAH ♪ ♪ HATE IS, IT’S GOING AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND ♪ AND IT’S SURELY BREAKING HEARTS ♪ OH, YOU AND ME, WE CAN STOP IS, YES, WE CAN ♪ ♪ BEFORE IT GOES TOO FAR ♪ OH-OH, OH, SO I’VE GOT TO SAY ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH OOH-OOH-OOH ♪ ♪ OOH-OOH-OOH ♪♪ [ CHEERS

AND APPLAUSE ] >> Announcer: PLEASE WELCOME COMPTROLLER SCOTT M. STRINGER AND RETIRED CLERK OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK CARLOS CUEVOS >> GOOD AFTERNOON MR COMPTROLLER, PLEASE PLACE YOUR HAND ON THE BIBLE RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME — I, SCOTT M. STRINGER >> I, SCOTT M. STRINGER >> DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR >> DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR I WILL SUPPORT AND UPHOLD >> I WILL SUPPORT AND UPHOLD >> THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA >> THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA >> THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK >> THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK >> AND THE CHATTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> AND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE >> AND I WILL FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE >> THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER >> THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICEOF COMPTROLLER >> OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR >> I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR >> AS THE COMPTROLLER, I CONGRATULATE YOU [ CHEERS ] >> WELL, THANK YOU I WANT TO START BY THANKING CARLOS CUEVOS FOR SPARING ME IN AT DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE BRONX AND LATER NEW YORK’S FIRST PUERTO RICAN CITY CLERK, CARLOS WAS BOTH A TRAILBLAZER AND, FOR ME, AN AMAZING STEPFATHER I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY MOTHER A FORMER TEACHER WHO IN THE 1970s SUCCESSFULLY RAN FOR CITY COUNCIL IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS MANY PEOPLE BACK THEN SAID SHE SHOULD STAY AT HOME INSTEAD OF BREAKING BARRIERS AT CITY HALL HER STORY SHOWS HOW FAR WE’VE COME AND HOW MUCH MORE WE NEED TO DO. AND TO MY BRILLIANT WIFE FELICE THAT’S RIGHT [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AND OUR CHILDREN MAX AND MILES YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME, AND BEING HERE WITH YOU TODAY IS SO SPECIAL I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MAYOR de BLASIO AND PUBLIC ADVOCATE JAMES, MY PARTNERS IN GOVERNMENT ON DAYS LIKE THIS WE SHOULD CONSIDER THE ARC OF OUR CITY’S HISTORY THINK OF WHERE WE ARE WE ARE MORE DIVERSE THAN WE’VE EVER BEEN WITH RESIDENTS FROM EVERY NATION ON EARTH THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF MAYOR de BLASIO AND POLICE COMMISSIONER O’NEIL AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE, OUR CRIME RATE IS LOWER THAN IT’S EVER BEEN SINCE THE 1950s [ APPLAUSE ] AND THANKS TO THE MAYOR, UNIVERSAL PRE-K IS NOW A REALITY FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] WE ALSO HAVE MORE PEOPLE WORKING THAN EVER BEFORE WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AT HISTORIC LOWS BUT AMIDST ALL OF THIS SUCCESS SOBERING CHALLENGES REMAIN TONIGHT IN SUBZERO CONDITIONS MORE THAN 62,000 NEW YORKERS WILL SLEEP AT HOMELESS SHELTERS 24,000 ARE OUR CHILDREN RENTS HAVE INCREASED 33% OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS WHILE WAGES GREW LESS THAN HALF THAT RATE MORE NEW YORKERS LIVE IN POVERTY THAN THERE ARE PEOPLE IN PHILADELPHIA OR PHOENIX FOLKS, WE HAVE AN AFFORDABILITY CRISIS FOR NURSES AND TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTERS, AND CHILD CARE WORKERS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE NEW YORK CITY HOME AND FOR SENIORS WHO WORKED FOR DECADES AND EARNED THEIR RETIREMENT AND’S AS WE KNOW, A CITY THAT IS UNAFFORDABLE IS A CITY THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE

BECAUSE THIS CITY ONLY WORKS IF IT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY IF WE BECOME A PLACE WITH AN ENTRANCE FEE OF A $2 MILLION CONDO, WHERE ONLY THE MOST PROSPEROUS CAN SURVIVE, THEN WE WILL BETRAY THE PROMISE OF NEW YORK SOLVING THIS CRISIS REQUIRES BOLD IDEAS AND PUTTING THEM INTO ACTION WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE FROM MAYOR LaGUARDIA INVENTING URBAN PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE 1930s, TO OPENING CITY UNIVERSITY IN 1961, TO REBUILDING AT GROUND ZERO AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT BIG PLANS WE NEED THAT SPIRIT OF INGENUITY AND DETERMINATION TODAY TO FIX OUR SUBWAYS AND BUSES, SO WORKING PEOPLE CAN GET TO WHERE THEY NEED TO BE, TO SUPPORT OUR WOMEN AND MINORITY WHO OWN BUSINESSES WHICH FORM THE CORE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMIES TO BUILD WEALTH IN EVERY COMMUNITY, AND TO CREATE A TRUE FIVE-BOROUGH ECONOMY! [ CHEERS ] BECAUSE UNAFFORDABILITY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A FACT OF LIFE IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE INEVITABLE, AND IT IS NOT INTRACTABLE AS NEW YORKER FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT ONCE SAID, WE NEED BOLD PER’S ASSISTANT EXPERIMENTATION BEING BOLD AND PERSISTENT IS HOW WE BECAME NEW YORK IN THE FIRST PLACE WE CAN BE A CITY WHERE ECONOMIC GROWTH DOES NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF AN EQUITABLE ECONOMY WE CAN BE A CITY WHERE DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY GO HAND IN HAND, AND WE CAN BE A CITY WHERE ALL CHILDREN, YOUR CHILDREN, MY CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN WE’RE NEVER GOING TO MEET CAN MAKE THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE! THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT I THANK YOU [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Announcer: PLEASE WELCOME ADVOCATE LETITIA JAMES AND REVEREND ANTHONY TRUFFANT >> IF YOU WILL REPEAT AFTER ME ME — I LETITIA JAMES DO SOLEMNLY STWHAR I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK >> AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE AND CITY OF NEW YORK >> AT ALL LOCAL ORDINANCES OF NEW YORK CITY >> IN ALL LOCAL ORDINANCES OF NEW YORK CITY >> AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY >> FAITHFULLY >> AND IMPARTIALLY >> AND IMPARTIALLY >> PERFORM AND DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC ADVOCATE ACCORDING TO THE LAW AT THE BEST OF MY ABILITY >> AT THE BEST OF MY ABILITY >> AS YOU CONTINUE THE WORK THAT YOU’VE BEGUN, MAY YOU DO SO WITH INTELLIGENCE, IMAGINATION AND INTEGRITY MAY YOU FIND IN THE CORRIDORS OF GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS IN COMMUNITIES AT THE GRASS ROOT LEVEL ALLIES IN THE WORK THAT DO YOU, AND MAY YOU KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR SECOND TERM YOU HAVE BUT ONE RESPONSIBILITY, AND THAT IS SIMPLY TO LEAVE ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK BETTER THAN WHEN YOU FOUND US MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AND MAY GOD KEEP YOU >> THANK YOU [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> HAPPY NEW YEAR, NEW YORK CITY! >> All: HAPPY NEW YEAR! >> ALLOW ME TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN GOVERNMENT AND GRATE THEM ON THEIR VICTORIES, AND I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AND I WANT TO THANK MY PASTOR, REVEREND ANTHONY TRUFANT, PASTOR OF MY CHURCH EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, THE CHURCH ON THE HILL IN BROOKLYN

I THANK HIM FOR PRAYING FOR ME AND SWEARING ME IN AS HE DID FOUR YEARS AGO AND OF COURSE TO MY FAMILY WHO HAVE ATTENDED TODAY AS WELL I THANK THEM WHETHER YOU ARE A UNION WORKER IN THE BRONX OR A TEACHER ON STATEN ISLAND, A CHILD CARE WORKER, THERE ARE TIES THAT BIND US IN THIS GREAT CITY NEW YORKERS ARE TOUGH, DETERMINED PEOPLE, AND WE DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING TO BE HANDED TO US WE EXPECT TO WORK FOR WHAT WE GET WE EXPECT TO BE COMPENSATED FAIRLY FOR OUR WORK, AND WE EXPECT OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK FOR ALL OF US WHETHER YOU’RE A NEW YORK DEMOCRAT OR A NEW YORK REPUBLICAN, WE ALL BELIEVE IN A BASIC BARGAIN IF YOU WORK YOUR BUTT OFF AND PLAY BY THE RULES YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET AHEAD AND STAY AHEAD YOU SEE, WE’RE NOT UNGRATEFUL PEOPLE ALL NEW YORKERS VALUE THE OPPORTUNITY THIS CITY HAS GIVEN US, BUT ALL OF US, WE ALL WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND WHETHER YOUR POLITICS SWING LEFT OR RIGHT, WE ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO AIM AT HIGH AS THE TALLEST SKYSCRAPER AND HAVE THE LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY TO GET THERE ALL NEW YORKERS WANT A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE POLICE AND COMMUNITIES ARE PARTNERS AND WHERE YOUR SUCCESS IS DETERMINED BY YOUR HARD WORK AND GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL AND NOT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS, YOUR ACCENT OR YOUR ZIP CODE THESE ARE NOT REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC VALUES THESE ARE NOT EVEN JUST NEW YORK VALUES MY FRIENDS, THESE ARE AMERICAN VALUES [ CHEERS ] AND WHILE OUR POLITICS MAY BE ROUGH AND TUMBLE, AND WITH A NEWS MEDIA THAT DOESN’T MISS A BEAT, AND WHEN ELECTIONS END, UNITY AND A COMMON PURPOSE TO SERVE MUST PREVAIL YOU SEE, I BELIEVE THAT LEADERS DON’T LEAD BY READING POLLS THEY LEAD BY BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER TOGETHER ON ISSUES WE ALL CARE ABOUT, AND OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS I’VE BEEN PROUD TO PURSUE THIS MISSION OF UNITY AND SERVICE THROUGH OUR OFFICE AND THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC ADVOCATE DURING OUR TIME AS PUBLIC ADVOCATE MY TEAM HAS ADDRESSED OVER 30,000 CONSTITUENT COMPLAINTS, INDIVIDUALS WALKING THROUGH OUR DOORS WITHOUT A FANCY LAWYER OR A LOBBYIST, BUT WITH A NEED FOR HELP WE HAVE PASSED MORE LEGISLATION THAN ALL PREVIOUS PUBLIC ADVOCATES COMBINED INCLUDING GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATION THAT BANS QUESTIONS ABOUT SALARY HISTORY FROM THE EMPLOYMENT PROCESS IN AN EFFORT TO CLOSE THE WAGE GAP BECAUSE WE FUNDAMENTALLY BELIEVE THAT EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK CANNOT JUST BE A SLOGAN IT MUST BE A REALITY FOR ALL EMPLOYEES IN OUR CITY AND WE STOOD UP FOR CHILDREN IN THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES WE FOUGHT FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES WHO WERE NOT GETTING THE SERVICES THEY NEEDED IN SCHOOL AND WE WENT TO COURT TO PROTECT SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN BEING FORCED TO SIT ON DANGEROUSLY HOT BUSES WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING AND I DID IT, AND WE DID IT, UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU SEE, WE LED THE WAY ON INVESTING OUR CITY’S PENSION FUNDS FROM PLACING, FROM PLACES THAT HURT NEW YORKERS, LIKE GUN RETAILERS, AND OIL COMPANIES THAT POLLUTE OUR AIR WE SUCCESSFULLY ADVOCATED TO PRESERVE AND EXPAND HEALTH CARE SERVICES AT HOSPITALS AROUND THE CITY, AND ON A STATE LEVEL, SUCCESSFULLY ADVOCATED FOR THE EXPANSION OF NEW YORK’S MEDICAID COVERAGE TO INCLUDE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL TECHNOLOGY THAT MORE ACCURATELY DIAGNOSIS THE BREAST CANCER WE TURBO CHARGED THE WORST LANDLORDS LIST AND USED IT AS A PLATFORM FOR LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION AND CRIMINAL ACTION AGAINST LANDLORDS THAT PREY ON TENANTS [ CHEERS ] RECOGNIZING AT THE SAME TIME THAT THERE ARE MORE GOOD LANDLORDS IN THIS CITY THAN BAD. AND WE WORKED TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS BY PUSHING FOR REFORMS TO THE ANTIQUATED TAX LIEN SALE THAT AFFECTS ONE OFF THREE SMALL HOMEOWNERS IN OUR CITY AND FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PREDATORS AND SCAM ARTISTS USING LOOPHOLES FROM PROPERTY OWNERS AND LAND DEEDS AND PERFORMING IN THE CLASSROOM, HAVING A FULL STOMACH AND A FOCUSED MIND

AND WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT TO PRESERVE GOOD PAYING UNION JOBS [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] BECAUSE IN THE WORDS OF DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, THE LABOR MOVEMENT WAS THE PRING FORCE THAT TRANSFORMED MISERY AND DESPAIR INTO HOPE AND PROGRESS AND IN THIS HEIGHTENED AGE OF PARTISANSHIP, WE HAVE WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, BECAUSE REAL PROBLEMS TRUMP POLITICAL PARTIES AND MOST NOTABLY, MY REPUBLICAN FRIEND, COUNCIL AMERICA ERIC ALDRIDGE AND I WORKED TO CREATE THE FIRST CITY AGENCY DEDICATED TO THE NEEDS AND ISSUES OF OUR WAR HEROES, OUR VETERANS [ CHEERS ] AND WE PUSHED FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE CITY’S COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, HELPING IT SECURE A $3 MILLION INCREASE TO HELP ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE COMBATING TRANSGENDER HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND RECOGNIZING THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT MUST BE THOROUGHLY REVIEWED IN THE WAKE OF A 46% JUMP IN DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS CLAIMS THAT MADE THE ENTIRE WORLD AWARE OF WHAT WOMEN HAVE KNOWN SINCE WE SET FOOT IN THE WORKPLACE THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS PERVASIVE IT’S CORROSIVE, AND IT HAS BEEN A SILENT ROAD BLOCK ON THE PATH TO CAREER GROWTH FOR GENERATIONS IT DEGRADES WOMEN AND IT DEGRADES OUR HUMANITY, AND WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT WE HAVE LOST AS WOMEN WE WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MANY WOMEN WERE FORCED TO QUIT JOBS OR PUSHES OUT OF CAREERS WE WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PRODUCTIVITY WERE LOST DUE TO A TOXIC WORKPLACE THANK YOU WHERE WHEN THEY DROPPED THIS, THEY PUT THE PAGES OUT OF ORDER THANK YOU SO MUCH OKAY APPLAUSE GIVE ME SOME TIME [ APPLAUSE ] THERE YOU GO SO WE SALUTE THE BRAVE WOMEN WHO HAVE COME FORWARD TO TELL THEIR STORIES, AND WE THINK OF THEM AS WE CREATE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION FOR A FAIR AND EQUAL WORKFORCE FREE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT NOW, NONE OF THESE ARE PARTISAN ISSUES, MY FRIENDS WHEN NEW YORKERS NEED HELP WE MUST STAND UP FOR THEM WITHOUT REGARD TO PARTY OR IDEOLOGY WE MUST SIMPLY PICK UP HUMANITY AND DROP THE DIVISIVENESS THAT DRIVES US APART IT MAY SEEM THERE BE TOO MANY CHALLENGES TO ADDRESS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO REALIZE AND TOO MANY PEOPLE TO HELP, THERE ARE NO INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS WHEN WE TAP INTO OUR COLLECTIVE SPIRIT AND AS A CITY WE MUST DEMONSTRATE A RESOLVE AND UNITY EQUAL TO THE MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD OF US, BECAUSE WE KNOW AS WAS MENTIONED THAT THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE IN OUR CITY AND OUR GENERATION IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BECAUSE, YES, RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH SO WE MUST NOT ONLY CREATE AND PRESERVE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT ENSURE THAT AFFORDABLE TRULY MEANS AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AND THAT IS WHY I STOOD IN THE RAIN WITH NEARLY 10,000 NEW YORKERS LED BY METRO AIF, REVEREND AND CLERGY TO EXPAND EFFORTS TO DEVELOP 15,000 NEW UNITS ON PUBLIC HOUSING SITES BUT WE MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT THE HOUSING THAT OUR CITY PROVIDES AND MAINTAINS IS SAFE AND FREE OF DANGEROUS LEAD THAT CAN STRIP OUR CHILDREN OF THEIR FUTURES AND BECAUSE SO MUCH OF OUR HOUSING POLICY IS DETERMINED IN ALBANY, WE MUST URGE THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO REPEAL VACANCY CONTROL AND MAKE PREFERENTIAL RENTS PERMANENT AND REPEAL THE 20% VACANCY BONUS AND PUT FORCE THE HOUSING BOND ACT TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL OF US MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WILL EASE THE BURDEN ON WORKING FAMILIES AND ELIMINATE OUR NEED FOR OVERCROWDED SHELTERS, BUT BECAUSE THE BEST SOLUTION FOR HOMELESSNESS IS MORE HOME, NOT MORE SHELTERS WE MUST ALSO PROVIDE WORKABLE AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS PHASING RISING PROPERTY TAXES AND ESCALATING WATER BILLS THAT THREATEN THEIR ECONOMIC STANDING AND THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND JUST AS IMPORTANT IS THE FUTURE OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND THEIR VERY EXISTENCE IS BEING THREATENED WE MUST USE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS AND ZONING LAWS AND LEGISLATION TO MAIN THAIN

THEIR SURVIVAL IN A CITY WHERE DOING BUSINESS CAN BE SIMPLY TOO TOUGH AS WE LOOK TO A CITY WITHOUT RIKERS ISLAND, WE MUST LOOK BIGGER THAN SIMPLY CLOSING A JAIL WE NEED TO REACH AND DIVERT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BEFORE THEY REACH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM >> AMEN! >> AND EACH COMMUNITY MUST HAVE ACCESS TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND MENTORING SERVICES AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THAT NOT ONLY EXERCISE THE BODY BUT THE MIND AND WHILE WE’RE AT IT, LET’S ACCELERATE BAIL REFORM SO WE CAN FINALLY END THE BAIL TO JAIL PIPELINE >> YES! >> AND LET’S ENSURE IN A INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS RECEIVE TREATMENT AND NOT JAIL >> AMEN >> AND AS THE BITTER WINDS OF CHAOS CONTINUE TO BLOW IN FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., WE WILL STAND STRONG AS THAT SHINING CITY ON THE HILL OPENING ITS ARMS TO ALL THOSE SEEKING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND OPPORTUNITY AND LET US SAY IT LOUD AND LET US SAY IT CLEAR — IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED HERE [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU SEE, I OFTEN THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THIS CITY THE DOCK WORKERS AND BRICK LAYERS AND THE CONSTRUCTION CREWS WHO PAVED THE WAY ON A ROAD WE NOW TRAVEL EVERY RISING SUN SHE’S PIONEERS AWOKE WITH A PASSION THAT BUILT OUR STURDY CITY, AND WHEN THE SUN SET, THEY DREAMT AGAIN OF THE PROMISE A NEW MORNING WOULD HOLD, AND AS WE BEGIN A NEW DAY IN OUR CITY, WE CARRY THE SAME OPTIMISM THAT SAME GRIT AND THAT SAME PASSION THAT MAKES NEW YORK, NEW YORK WITH THIS NEW DAWN, WE SET OFF ON NEW HORIZONS WITH THE PROMISE OF OUR CITY, IS THE PROVIDENCE OF ALL OF OUR PEOPLE AND WHERE WE ARE DEFINED NOT BY OUR DIFFERENCES BUT BY OUR SHARED VALUES SO WHEN WE LOOK INTO EACH OTHER THE EYES AND SEE THE HUMANITY OF OUR SOUL AND THE HUMANITY OF ONE ANOTHER, WHEN WE PRACTICED ACTIVE BENEVOLENCE, JUSTICE, LOVE AND GOODWILL TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER, LET US LOOK DEEP INTO OUR SOULS AND LET NOTHING UNDER THE SUN DETER US IN OUR TASK AS WE GIVE BIRTH TO NEW DREAMS AND NEW HOPE WE WILL ALWAYS LEAD THIS CITY WITH STRENGTH, WITH OPPORTUNITY AND OPTIMISM, AND THESE NEXT FOUR YEARS SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT LET’S SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY TOGETHER, AND LET US CONTINUE TO MARCH ON TO VICTORY GOD BLESS NEW YORK CITY GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Announcer: PLEASE WELCOME UNITED STATES SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> NOW, BY VERMONT STANDARDS, THIS IS A WARM AND PLEASANT AFTERNOON SO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR COMING OUT YOU KNOW, ABOUT A YEAR AGO, JANE AND I ATTENDED AN INAUGURATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND LET ME TELL YOU, TODAY’S INAUGURATION IS A LOT MORE FUN! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] TODAY WE’RE HERE TO THANK MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO TO LEADING THIS CITY IN MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA [ CHEERS ] AND WE’RE HERE TO WISH HIM AND THE FIRST LADY AND HIS ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION THE VERY BEST OF LUCK AS THEY BEGIN THEIR SECOND TERM YOU KNOW, MY WIFE JANE AND I BOTH GREW UP IN BROOKLYN YOU ALL KNOW WHERE BROOKLYN IS [ CHEERS ] SO IT IS A GREAT HONOR AND A SPECIAL HONOR FOR US TO BE HERE TODAY WITH ALL OF YOU AS MAYOR de BLASIO TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR A SECOND TERM, HE KNOWS, YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A VERY UNUSUAL MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AT A TIME WHEN THE UNITED STATES REMAINS THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH NOT TO GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL OF ITS PEOPLE, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON THAT HAS TRIED TO THROW 32 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF THE HEALTH CARE THEY HAVE

AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A MASSIVE AND GROWING LEVEL OF INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON WHICH HAS JUST PROVIDED THE BILLIONAIRE CLASS WITH HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS WHILE RAISING TAXES ON MILLIONS OF WORKING-CLASS FAMILIES AT A TIME WHEN THE ENTIRE PLANET IS STRUGGLING WITH THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON WHICH IS EVISCERATING ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION AND MAKING US MORE DEPENDENT ON FOSSIL FUEL AND NOT LESS AT A TIME WHEN MILLIONS OF WORKING-CLASS KIDS IN VERMONT, IN NEW YORK, AND ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, ARE STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY CAN AFFORD TO GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION IN A CHANGING ECONOMY, WE’VE GOT A GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON MAKING IT HARDER, NOT EASIER FOR THOSE KIDS TO GET A HIGHER EDUCATION FOR DECADES, AS EVERYONE HERE KNOWS, PEOPLE IN EVERY REGION OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE FOUGHT AS HARD AS WE CAN AND SOME HAVE GONE TO JAIL AND SOME HAVE DIED TO END DISCRIMINATION BASED ON THE COLOR OF ONE’S SKIN OR ONE’S RELIGION OR ONE’S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OR ONE’S GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BUT NOW WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION IN WASHINGTON WHICH INSTEAD OF BRINGING US TOGETHER IS TRYING TO DIVIDE US UP TO APPEAL TO OUR VERY WORST PREJUDICES THAT IS THE BAD NEWS, BUT I AM VERY HAPPY TO SAY THAT THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF GOOD NEWS IN OUR COUNTRY, AND WE ARE WITNESSING SOME OF THAT GOOD NEWS TODAY [ CHEERS ] IN THIS CITY THE LARGEST CITY IN OUR COUNTRY THE PEOPLE ARE NEW YORK UNDER BILL DEBLASIO HAVE CHOSE TON MOVE GOVERNMENT IN A VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN WASHINGTON INSTEAD OF ARE PANDERING TO BILLIONAIRES, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT HERE WHICH HAS CHOSEN TO LISTEN TO THE NEEDS OF WORKING FAMILIES [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] WHILE MANY POLITICIANS DON’T EVEN TALK ABOUT THE CRISIS OF CHILD CARE, THE DEBLASIO ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN A MAJOR AND IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN LEADING THIS COUNTRY TOWARDS UNIVERSAL PRE-K EDUCATION WHILE THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE HERE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THE de BLASIO ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN TERMS OF RENT STABILIZATION AND I’LL TELL YOU THIS — THAT IN VERMONT AND ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE A HORRIFIC EPIDEMIC IN TERMS OF OPIOID AND HEROIN ADDICTION AND UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHIRLANE McCRAY, THIS CITY HAS TAKEN MAJOR STEPS FORWARD TO OPENING THE DOOR FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT TO ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AND THE ISSUES GO ON AND ON AND ON, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, BRINGING THE POLICE INTO THE COMMUNITIES IMMIGRATION REFORM AND TELLING THE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY WHO ARE TERRIFIED ABOUT LOSING THEIR LEGAL STATUS AND BEING SUBJECTED TO DEPORTATION THAT IN THIS CITY AT LEAST THEY ARE SAFE [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THAT WHEN MAYOR de BLASIO AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND, IS THAT IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE HOME OF ELLIS ISLAND, OUR JOB IS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION AND TO END THE DIVISIONS AND THE ATTACKS THAT OUR TAKING PLACE THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE CURRENT AND NEXT MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK — MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> ALL RIGHT

>> OKAY >> PLEASE RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND STATE YOUR NAME >> I, BILL de BLASIO >> DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR >> DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR >> THAT I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THAT I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK >> AND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> ACCORDING TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES >> ACCORDING TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES >> CONGRATULATIONS >> THANK YOU [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> YOU DID GOOD >> HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! >> All: HAPPY NEW YEAR! >> [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]. OKAY I’VE GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU UP FRONT HERE AND I WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK I CAN DO A VERY BRIEF SPEECH IF YOU PREFER [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] OKAY THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN! [ LAUGHTER ] LET ME THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE YOU ARE THE MOST DISTINGUISHED FROZEN GROUP OF PEOPLE I HAVE EVER SPOKEN BEFORE BUT I THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU, FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR THE CITY EVERY DAY I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY FOR ENTRUSTING ME WITH A SECOND TERM AS THEIR MAYOR [ CHEERS ] I EMBARK UPON THIS MISSION WITH HUMILITY AND WITH GRATITUDE I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST LOVE TO MY FAMILY, TO CHIRLANE WHO IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, WHO IS THE PARTNER IN ALL I DO, AND IS THE CREATOR OF THRIVE NYC! TO KEE KEIRA AND DAUNTE, THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE AND OFTENTIMES ARE MY CONSCIENCES TO ME BELOVED EXTENDED FAMILY, ESPECIALLY MY BROTHERS STEVE AND DON WHO HAVE GUIDED ME THROUGHOUT EYE MY AND WE NEVER FORGET OUR ANCESTORS I OFFER A WARM SALUTE TO THE HOME TOWNS OF MY GRANDPARENTS IN SOUTHERN ITALY WE THANK THE ANCESTORS ALWAYS [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] TO BERNIE AND JANE SANDERS [ CHEERS ] THESE TWO PROUD BROOKLYNITES HAVE CHANGED AMERICA IN A PROFOUND WAY [ CHEERS ] BERNIE AND JANE, YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE ARE WHAT MATTER MOST AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME IT WILL BE BETTER IT WILL BE MORE DEMOCRATIC BECAUSE OF WHAT THESE TWO HAVE DONE LET’S THANK THEM [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO GIVE A WARM THANKS TO THE MAN WHO GAVE CHIRLANE AND I OUR START IN THIS WORK, AND WHO DID SO MUCH FOR THE CITY MAYOR DAVID DINKINS [ CHEERS ] I WANT TO THANK ALL THE ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT ARE HERE, WHO ARE HERE I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF MY ADMINISTRATION WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR THIS CITY, AND A VERY SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO COUNCIL MEMBER COREY JOHNSON I LOOK FORWARD TO FOUR GREAT YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP TOGETHER AND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY PARTNERS IN GOVERNMENT, SCOTT STRINGER AND TISH JAMES, AND I GUARANTEE YOU IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WE’RE GOING TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING! [ LAUGHTER ] AND — MY SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE THIS CITY EVERY SINGLE DAY

OUR POLICE OFFICERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS, OUR CORRECTION OFFICERS, OUR SANITATION WORKERS, OUR TEACHERS ALL THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY WHO DO SO MUCH FOR US GIVE THEM A BIG APPLAUSE! [ APPLAUSE ] NOW, I HAVE ONLY A FEW MINUTES TO TELL YOU THE ESSENCE OF WHAT THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WILL BE LIKE SO HERE’S WHAT I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW — SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING IN NEW YORK CITY SOMETHING NEW SOMETHING DIFFERENT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEGUN A NEW, PROGRESSIVE ERA IN THIS CITY’S HISTORY EVERY ONE OF YOU ARE A PART OF IT SOMETHING IS BEING DONE HERE THAT MATTERS TO ALL OF US, BUT IS ALSO BEING FELT FAR BEYOND OUR BORDERS HERE IS WHAT WE CAN SAY MORE PROUDLY THAN EVER AS WE START THE YEAR 2018 WE ARE THE SAFEST BIG CITY IN AMERICA! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] MY FRIENDS, WE ARE SAFER THAN AT ANYTIME SINCE THE 1950s! [ CHEERS ] THE MOST POWERFUL COMMANDMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY IS THOU SHALT NOT KILL AS OF MIDNIGHT, NEW YORK CITY RECORDED THE LOWEST NUMBER OF HOMICIDES FOR ANY YEAR SINCE 1951 [ CHEERS ] WE HAVE BROUGHT POLICE AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER LIKE NEVER BEFORE >> YES! >> WE HAVE DEDICATED OURSELVES TO A VISION OF TRUE NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING AND IT WORKS! AND THIS IS THE VISION THAT WILL BE THE FUTURE OF POLICING IN THIS CITY, AND THAT WILL ONE DAY BE THE FUTURE OF POLICING IN THIS NATION OUR COUNTRY HAS SEEN TOO MANY TRAGEDIES, TOO MANY TIMES WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE AND COMMUNITY WAS BROKEN OUR CITY HAS FELT THAT PAIN AS WELL BUT WE NOW LEAVE AN UNJUST PAST BEHIND EVERY TIME A NEW OFFICER IS TRAINED TO DE-ESCALATE A CONFLICT, WE STEP INTO THE FUTURE EVERY TIME A COORDINATION OFFICER GREETS A STORE OWNER OR A TENANT LEADER OR A FAMILY SITTING ON THEIR STOOP, WE CREATE A NEW REALITY EVERY TIME A PRECINCT COMMANDER MEETS RESPECTFULLY WITH PURE VIOLENCE ACTIVISTS, WE BUILD A NEW AND DEEPER KIND OF COMMUNITY YES, WE ARE THE SAFEST BIG CITY IN AMERICA, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOLDING THAT TITLE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME! [ CHEERS ] BUT I HAVE ANOTHER HOPE FOR THIS CITY I WANT US TO BE THE FAIREST BIG CITY IN AMERICA AND I KNOW WE CAN DO IT, BECAUSE WE ARE CALLED IN A TIME OF VAST OVERT DISPARITIES TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO BE SOMETHING BETTER FOR TOO MANY YEARS OUR CITY DESCENDED INTO GROWING INEQUALITY NUMBLY ALLOWING OUR SOCIAL FABRIC TO BE TORN MORE AND MORE THE MESSAGE CONVEYED TO THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IT WAS THAT THEY DIDN’T COUNT THEY COULD NEVER GET AHEAD THEY DIDN’T REALLY BELONG AND SO THE THEME OF OUR CAMPAIGN JUST PASSED WAS SIMPLE AND CLEAR — THIS IS YOUR CITY! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IT IS REMINDING OF TRUE OWNERS ARE NOT THE BIG LANDLORDS AND DEVELOPERS NOT THE TITANS OF WALL STREET AND THE 1% THE DEEPEST, TRUEST STAKEHOLDERS OF THIS TOWN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DO THE WORK! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] WHO EVERY DAY MAKE THIS CITY COME TO LIFE! BUT HAVE TOO OFTEN NOT REAPED THE REWARDS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TODAY TO MAKING SURE THIS IS ALWAYS THEIR CITY AND WILL NEVER BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] >> FOR HUNDREDS OF OF

THOSE WHO THINK IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE, WE WILL GIVE THEM PORTABLE HOUSES — WE DO ALL OF THIS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DO THE WORK, THE PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS MADE NEW YORK GREAT BUT HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THE CREDIT WE DO THIS BECAUSE ANYTHING LESS THREATENS OUR VERY FUTURE AS A CITY ABRAHAM LINCOLN ONCE WARNED, A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT SOCIETY WHERE ONLY THE 1% CAN GET AHEAD IS TRULY A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF AND IT IS REALITY THAT CANNOT BE SUSTAINED WE IN THIS CITY IN OUR TIME AND WE SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT LINCOLN’S WORDS COULD WELL HAVE BEEN WRITTEN FOR THIS RAW MOMENT IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY IN THIS HEYDAY OF HATRED, THIS DIVISIVENESS, WE IN OUR CITY REFUSE TO BE DRAGGED DOWN TO A PLACE WE KNOW IS BENEATH US WE KNOW THAT THE CELEBRATION OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON FAITH OR COLOR OR NATIONALITY IS SIMPLY UNAMERICAN IT IS A VIOLATION OF WHO WE ARE WE KNOW THE OVERT AND GLEEFUL PREJUDICE THAT IS SUDDENLY IN VOGUE SITS IN THE FACE OF ALL THAT HAS MADE OUR CITY GREAT WE WILL NOT BE PASSIVE IN THE FACE OF REGRESSION WE WILL NOT IGNORE OR DENY THE THREAT WE WILL CONFRONT IT HEAD ON TO DO ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE AN AFFRONT TO OUR VERY IDENTITY AS NEW YORKERS I CONCLUDE TODAY BEFORE MY FINGERS STOP FUNCTIONING WITH A SIMPLE CALL TO ARMS WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, EVERY ONE OF US, TO ENSURE THAT NEW YORK REMAINS A BEACON TO OUR NATION AND TO THE WORLD [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] IN A TIME WHEN RELIGIOUS FAITH IS SOMEHOW PAINFULLY PARADOXLY BEING USED BY SOME TO SOW CONFLICT, WE SHOW EVERY DAY THAT BEING A NEW YORKER MEANS NOT BEING HELD DOWN OR PULLED BACK BY THE SAD BONDS OF HISTORY WE PROVE THAT THERE CAN BE HEALING WE PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT A PLACE CAN BE GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS AND WE DEMONSTRATE THIS WITHOUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT IT COMES NATURALLY TO US IN OUR SCHOOLS AND IN OUR WORKPLACES, AT THE DELI AND IN THE SUBWAY, WE LIVE AND LET LIVE WE HAVE ONE COMMON IDENTITY THAT MAKES US PARTICULARLY PROUD, THAT GIVES US A SPECIAL CONFIDENCE, A CERTAIN SWAGGER AND EVEN IF IT ISN’T STATED OUT LOUD, SOMEWHERE INSIDE WE KNOW WE LIVE AT THE FORWARD EDGE OF HISTORY WE, HERE TODAY, INHABIT A REALITY THAT IS SOME DAY TO COME FOR SO MUCH OF THE REST OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IT IN UNSPOKEN STATE OF HOPE BECAUSE EVERY MORNING WE GET TO WAKE UP AND SAY I’M A NEW YORKER I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO START A NEW DAY AND A NEW YEAR THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU ALL STAY WARM, EVERYONE THANK YOU. >> AND NOW, PLEASE JOIN US FOR A JOINT BENEDICTION

>> LET US PRAY GOD, THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY THANK YOU FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS YOU SHINE UPON THIS CITY THANK YOU FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR MAYOR, OUR PUBLIC ADVOCATES, OUR CONTROLLER GOD, WE’RE IN A MOMENT WHERE THERE IS CULTURAL AND SOCIAL UPHEAVAL, DESTRUCTIVE DEVIIVENESS AND GIVE THEM THE WISDOM TO TRANSCEND THAT WHICH DAMAGES US AND FOCUS ON THAT WHICH BINDS US AND KEEPS US TOGETHER GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH, OH GOD, TO NOT BE SEDUCED BY POWER WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY OR POLITICS WITHOUT COMPASSION SHAPE THEM IN SUCH A WAY, OH GOD, THEY ARE REMINDED THAT IN A CITY WHERE THERE ARE SO MANY THAT THEY OUGHT TO LEAD WITH POLICIES THAT DO NOT NEGLECT THOSE THAT ARE UNDERLOOKED AND UNDERCOUNTED AND VULNERABLE IN OUR MIDST REMIND THEM THAT AS THEY GO ABOUT THEIR DUTY AS MAYOR, PUBLIC ADVOCATES, CONTROLLER, REMIND THEM OF WHAT YOU REQUIRE THAT THEY DO JUSTICE, LOVE MERCY, AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU WE THANK YOU, GOD, AND IT’S IN YOUR NAME WE PRAY AMEN >> LORD OF THE UNIVERSE BESTOW YOUR DIVINE BLESSINGS UPON MAYOR BILL de BLASIO, PUBLIC ADVOCATES AND CONTROLLER THE LEADERS OF THIS CITY THAT WE LOVE, A METROPOLIS OF THE MOST DIVERSE POPULATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH INSTILL WITHIN OUR VISIONARY 109th MAYOR BOLSTERED BY OUR DYNAMIC FIRST LADY, THE FORTITUDE TO CARRY FORWARD HIS QUEST TO ENSURE A BRIGHTER TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR ALL NEW YORKERS THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE, THEIR EDUCATION, THEIR SAFETY, THEIR SECURITY, THEIR WELL-BEING, REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATION IN LIFE HE WILL FACE DAUNTING CHALLENGES IN THE DAYS AND YEARS AHEAD AS HE SEEKS TO FULFILL HIS INSPIRED AND BOLD AND FAIR MISSION FOR THE PEOPLE SO WE PRAY, LORD, THAT YOU CONFER UPON BILL de BLASIO, THE TIME HONORED WORDS YOU IMPARTED TO JOSHUA AS HE WAS CHARGED TO LEAD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISE LAND BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE, MR MAYOR MAY GOD BLESS THIS CITY OF NEW YORK AND MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AMEN ♪♪ >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU FOR COMING AT THIS TIME, WE WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND THE –