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MAYOR BLOOMBERG DELIVERS 2010 INAUGURAL ADDRESS AS HE BEGINSTHIRD TERM AS 108
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today delivered his third inaugural address to the City of NewYork, emphasizing the important role innovative government can play in improving people’s livesand the need for New Yorkers to come together to get through the challenging times ahead.Recognizing the central role that immigrants and small businesses have always played in creating adynamic and prosperous city, the Mayor today signaled that both areas would become majorfocuses during the upcoming term.
The following is the text of the Mayor’s remarks as prepared – please check against delivery.
“Good afternoon. Happy New Year. Feliz año nuevo.“Mayors Koch and Dinkins, thank you very much for being here. Let me also welcome ournew Public Advocate and Comptroller, Bill de Blasio and John Liu; Speaker Quinn and the CityCouncil, especially its 12 incoming members and 12 outgoing members.“And as we look at our flags still flying at half-staff, let’s join in honoring and thanking atrue civil rights pioneer, a legendary public servant, and a great New Yorker - Percy Sutton.“Last night, the final moments of 2009 passed into history, and as they did, Americans fromacross the country looked to New York to ring in a new year, a new decade and a new beginning.And that is only right, because our city has always led the nation – not just in celebrating holidays,but in pioneering the most innovative and ambitious new ideas.“That’s true in the arts, in science, in business – and more and more, we’ve made it true of City government. In so many areas, whatever happens, happens here first. New York is, as MayorKoch once famously said, ‘where the future comes to audition.’“But as we consider the bright promise of our future, we cannot ignore the hard times thatexist around us. Many New Yorkers are struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage, to find a job, tofeed their families. The road ahead will not be easy, but the journey we have taken together over thepast decade fills me with optimism for the one that now lies ahead.