While many nurse hangovers or prepare to plunge into Coney Island’s icy waters on New Year’s Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio will be celebrating the start of his second term with a swearing-in ceremony—and just like in 2014, the public is invited to attend.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be swearing De Blasio in at the free ceremony, which will take place on City Hall Plaza (entrance at Broadway and Murray Street) on Monday, January 1. Sanders is a surprising choice to some, as De Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 presidential race—and at his first term inauguration, Bill Clinton did the swearing-in honors.
Up to 1,500 attendees are expected to attend, and Newsday reports that the inauguration will be more “scaled-down” than previous years’, with an estimated budget around $200,000 that’s financed by “private funding,” according to de Blasio’s spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg.
Guests can reserve up to two tickets per person on a special website created specifically for the event. Doors for the ceremony will open at 10:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. In addition to Hizzoner, Public Advocate Letitia James will be sworn in for what is her second and final term, and Comptroller Scott Stringer will be sworn in for his second term (the New York City Comptroller can hold office for three consecutive four-year terms).
Come celebrate New Year’s Day with us! RSVP for a chance to attend the 2018 Inauguration at City Hall on January 1. https://t.co/2LewSBLPX8— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) December 27, 2017
Tickets can be printed or presented on mobile devices, and guests over 18 must have ID. And don’t forget to bundle up—it’s going to be cold out there.