New York Mayor Bill de Blasio begins 2nd term at City Hall

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  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, reaches for notes just before swearing in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With De Blasio, second from left, are his daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife, Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, swears in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With De Blasio, second from left, are his daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife, Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and his family wave to onlookers after de Blasio was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With deBlasio, from left, are daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders, center left, listen to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speak after he was sworn in by Sen. Sanders for a second term as mayor at City Hall in a frigid New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, background right, and his family walk down the steps of New York's City Hall before de Blasio was sworn in for a second term as mayor in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. From left are de Blaiso's son Dante, daughter Chiara, and wife Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Chirlane McCray, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dance on stage at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, reaches for notes just before swearing in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With De Blasio, second from left, are his daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife, Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, swears in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With De Blasio, second from left, are his daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife, Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and his family wave to onlookers after de Blasio was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. With deBlasio, from left, are daughter Chiara, son Dante, and wife Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after he was sworn in for a second term as mayor at City Hall in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders, center left, listen to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speak after he was sworn in by Sen. Sanders for a second term as mayor at City Hall in a frigid New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, background right, and his family walk down the steps of New York's City Hall before de Blasio was sworn in for a second term as mayor in New York Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. From left are de Blaiso's son Dante, daughter Chiara, and wife Chirlane McCray. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Chirlane McCray, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dance on stage at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) Bill de Blasio began his second term as mayor on Monday at a swearing-in ceremony outdoors in freezing temperatures, taking the oath of office administered by Brooklyn native and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"By Vermont standards this is a warm and pleasant afternoon," Sanders joked to the crowd at City Hall Park.

De Blasio won re-election handily in November, becoming the first Democrat to return to City Hall in New York since Edward Koch won a third term in 1985.

He boasted about the city recording the lowest number of annual homicides since the early 1950s. The police department's preliminary count is 290 homicides for 2017, a 14 percent drop from the year before.

"We have brought police and community together like never before," de Blasio said. "We have dedicated ourselves to a vision of true neighborhood policing, and it works."

As a national leader in progressive politics, de Blasio said he envisions a city that serves more than the elite and Wall Street titans.

"The deepest, truest stakeholders of this town are the people who do the work, who every day make this city come to life but have too often not reaped the rewards," he said. "We have a responsibility, every one of us, to ensure that New York remains a beacon to our nation and to our world."

Sanders, an independent who made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, praised de Blasio's work on providing pre-kindergarten education and other progressive issues.

"In this city, the largest city in our country, the people of New York under Bill de Blasio have chosen to move government in a very different direction than what we're seeing in Washington," Sanders said. "Instead of pandering to billionaires, we have a government here which has chosen to listen to the needs of working families."

Also sworn in for second terms were Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer, also Democrats.

The ceremony came on a frigid New Year's Day; it was about 14 degrees (minus 10 degrees Celsius) by early afternoon.

        

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