NYC mayor to launch 3rd term with New Year’s Day speech emphasizing service over celebration

By Sara Kugler, AP
Friday, January 1, 2010

NYC mayor to give inauguration speech for 3rd term

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is emphasizing volunteerism for his New Year’s Day inauguration festivities.

Aides say the billionaire mayor will touch on the theme in his Friday speech. They say he’ll also use the speech to emphasize how city government needs to stay innovative.

Instead of a traditional inauguration party, Bloomberg is visiting people doing volunteer work in the city’s five boroughs.

The mayor’s third term officially began after midnight. He signed the oath of office Thursday and will say it aloud during Friday’s hourlong ceremony.

City term limits law had barred Bloomberg from running again. But he persuaded the City Council to change the law.

The former Republican is no longer in a political party but ran on the GOP and Independence Party lines, narrowly defeating Democrat William Thompson Jr.

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