Bill Clinton Will Swear In Mayor-Elect de Blasio

By Jess Wisloski on December 28, 2013 5:34pm 

 Former President Bill Clinton talks to a guest during a dinner in honor of the Medal of Freedom awardees November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 
Former President Bill Clinton talks to a guest during a dinner in honor of the Medal of Freedom awardees November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 
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NEW YORK CITY — President Bill Clinton will be swearing in the 109th mayor of New York City, officiating the proceeding set to take place January 1, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's office announced.

Clinton officiate the swearing-in using a bible that was previously owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on loan from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, according to the statement.

The former U.S. president, who lives just outside of New York City and has offices in Harlem, was a former boss to de Blasio who had served as a regional director at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

But de Blasio also worked as a campaign manager for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, helming her 2000 run for Senate.

Secretary Clinton will be attending the ceremony as well, de Blasio's office said.

"Wednesday's ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and Chirlane and I couldn't be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us," said de Blasio in a release. 

His office released 1,000 free tickets Thursday for public to attend the inauguration ceremony, which will take place at 12 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. The tickets effectively sold out in less than 90 minutes.

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