January 1st, 2010
05:12 PM ET
8 years ago

Bloomberg pledges to shake up city bureaucracy


Michel Bloomberg was sworn in Friday for a third term as mayor of New York City. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn in to a third term Friday afternoon, becoming only one of a handful of mayors in the city's history to serve more than two terms.

"This term is a special opportunity, one that comes with extraordinary responsibilities," said Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent who successfully campaigned the city council to amend the mayoral term limit law in 2008.

His election last November was closer than expected, when he beat an underfunded challenger by just 5 points after spending more than a $100 million of his own money.

“I realize, too, that the building behind me is yours — and the job in front of me is to listen and to lead," Bloomberg also said as he took the oath of office in front of City Hall.

In the fifteen minute speech, Bloomberg pledged to shake up his administration by rotating his deputy commissioners to oversee different agencies for three weeks as a way to "break down the bureaucratic barriers that all too often impede innovation."

“This is not a game of musical chairs, this is a management challenge, and a unique opportunity for collaboration and innovation," said Bloomberg.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Jim M in Lehighton,PA

    Mke for President.in 2012

    January 1, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Nea

    Must be a Pretty good Mayor to get three terms Congradulations New York!

    January 1, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. anti NWO

    Emperor Bloomberg has attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group. He is a globalist, a proponent of 1 world government. He has taxed the middle class to death. This man is an abomination who used his money to buy another term in office. He is an absolute disgrace!

    January 1, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. jrzshor

    instead of moving them, try removing them!

    January 1, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Miguel

    At least he's offering something different for New York City.

    January 1, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. payback

    ......I hope that gloomberg. Does not run again. Every since, he took office it's gotten very expensive to live in NYC. He's for the ELITE. Not for us working class people.

    January 1, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. GuyInVA

    So the guy who subverted the will of the people is going to "shake things up". Is he also going to "think outside the box"? Maybe "change the paradigm"? Give me a break. A northeastern politician using any political trick available to maintain power. That's hardly shaking things up.

    January 1, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. krakow

    I think the mayor would servce humanity by demanding the immediate indictment of Barack Hussien Obama for treason.

    January 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. terry,va

    You should have given the 100 million dollars to the people of NYC and crawled back under your rock! Your ego is about as big as Obummie's. Both are all show and no go.

    January 1, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. mavcal

    And this is the problem with "democracy" – you buy it and get sworn in again and again.

    January 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Business as unusual.

    January 1, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. robwestchester

    He is a terrific mayor.

    January 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Ethan

    Look up 'sell-out' in the dictionary, there's a photo of Bloomberg.

    January 1, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Elliott Carlin

    If he wanted to shake up the bureaucracy, he shouldn't have insisted on a 3rd term.

    He and the council members responsible ought to be tarred, feathered and led out of the city.

    Truly shows voters get what they deserve

    January 1, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    He is not a bad manager.
    However, it is very "banana-republic" that somebody can spend by now probably 300 million $ to buy political offices.
    Of course, the house and senate are into the money-game also, big time.
    So nothing is going to change.
    Have another babana.

    January 1, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Ready for 2012

    Hey Mikey, since you bought the job you wanted, do you actually get paid a salary to serve as NYC mayor? I mean, what would be the point of getting a salary when you spent $100 million of your own money? Can you send me just a FEW million dollars???

    January 1, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. JQP

    What a big LIAR!!!

    This guy did everything in his power as mayor to make sure he would be able to run for a 3rd term. TYPICAL rich citizen subverting a system to suit his own ends. He doesn't know anything about "the people", he only knows about "the rich people" !!

    January 1, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Barbara

    I wish you the best Mayor. Your precide over the best city in the world! New York is everyone's city!

    January 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Jayson

    If Bloomberg was truly a good candidate he would have not needed to out spend his opponent by such a large margin. Instead that money could have been put to better uses during a bad economy...

    January 1, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. marshall zulu

    The present Mayor of the city of New York usurped the mandate of the people by the people. This he did to be able to run for a third term.
    I am at a loss how the citizens of New York City allowed their vote, to liimit term limits, to be overturned by politicians.
    Shame, shame and shame.

    January 1, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. 7pesos

    shake up the bureauacracy?...no way !

    January 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Edward Sucherman

    I have read the text of the mayor's speech. All I can say is, "Ich bin ein New Yorker!"

    Ed Sucherman
    Highland Park, Illinois

    January 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Mes


    "His election last November was closer than expected, when he beat an underfunded challenger by just 5 points after spending more than a $100 million of his own money."

    5 points for $100 mill? Doesn't sound like that great of a deal.

    "“This is not a game of musical chairs" said Bloomberg – , a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent who successfully campaigned the city council to amend the mayoral term limit law in 2008."

    January 1, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Dave

    Rotating comissioners COULD be a way to break down bureaucratic barriers, but I would need Mike to quantify exactly how that would work as it is not obvious to me this will be the result of his "management challenge". It seems much more likely that it will produce less collaboration and more insulation for his administration from the city departments.

    January 1, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    Congratulations, Mayor Bloomberg. You are the best!

    January 1, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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