Striking humble note in 3rd inauguration, NYC’s mayor calls new term a ’special opportunity’

By Sara Kugler, AP
Friday, January 1, 2010

NYC mayor calls 3rd term a ’special opportunity’

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is striking a humble tone in his inauguration speech on the first day of his third term.

City Hall has released a copy of the speech Bloomberg is set to give Friday.

Bloomberg says he understands his third term is a “special opportunity.” And he promises to listen and lead in the next four years.

He was initially barred from running for a third term but got that law changed. Many voters were not happy about the way he did it. He won by a narrow margin.

Bloomberg also promises a management shake up like those he oversaw at his financial information company, Bloomberg LP.

He says deputy commissioners will work in other city agencies for three-week periods to generate fresh ideas.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow; corrects that management shake up would involve deputy commissioners switching agencies, not City Hall deputies going to work in city agencies; will be led after speech at noon EST.)

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