By Heather Grossmann
MANHATTAN — Over $102 million — plus $9 — later, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to become New York City’s mayor for the third time during a low-key inauguration day Jan. 1.
The billionaire mayor signed the Oath of Office at noon Thursday and paid a $9 fee to City Clerk Michael McSweeney. That’s nine times the amount he is paid as mayor.
“We have an obligation and a responsibility to work together to make this city, the greatest city in the world, even better for everybody who lives here,” Bloomberg said at the ceremony.
“I’m committed to do that and you have my word I will work as hard as I can … We are all here on God’s planet and we have to help each other.”
New York City’s next comptroller, John Liu, also signed the Oath of Office on Thursday.
The inauguration ceremony will start at 12 p.m. with a performance by the Brooklyn College Brass Ensemble. Six students from Newcomers High School in Long Island City, Queens, which ranked number six of the top 100 high schools in the U.S., will be the masters of ceremony.
Liu and newly elected Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will give their inauguration addresses, followed by Bloomberg.
The mayor is eschewing the traditional inauguration party that proceeds the ceremony in favor of participating in volunteer activities in the outer boroughs.