January 1st, 2010
05:12 PM ET
12 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. Hugo

    flip-flop-flip-flop.... Why would anyone pay 6 million of their own money for a $200,000/yr job? Civic duty, I don't think so.....aspiration of something much grander perhaps.... Good luck with that libtard!

    January 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. DJA137music

    Is he really sworn in? Please note – NO HAND ON THE BIBLE!

    January 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Susan

    So finally, in his THIRD term, the man has a plan to shake up government?

    Thank God Bush didn't have a similar opportunity.

    January 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Shake up bureaucraticy what the heck has he been doing the last two terms. Creating it. I think that is so funny...if he had been worried about this why didn't he take care of it before..He has had plenty of time.

    January 1, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Observer in SC

    Boy, we could use someone like that for President!

    January 1, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The only pledge most of us want from Bloomberg is to quit trying to export his anti-gun mania out of his pestilential city.

    January 1, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Hugo

    OOOps, 100 million???

    January 1, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. They call me "tater salad"

    It must be nice to have enough money to BUY yourself a third term as mayor of NYC. From what I hear the price runs about $65 million or so including New York sales tax which ain't too bad if you got that kinda cash kicking around.

    January 1, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    chicago coming to a new york city near you

    enough with the money ego and power thing

    wak up america

    January 1, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Gar

    Run for President Micheal! Run please! You would be much better than Obama but not as conservative as the Republicans...... I would vote for you.

    January 1, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Stephen - NYC

    Maybe we can get the lights on the highways & parkways & streets back on? Nothing like driving in the dark or more like light into dark into light into dark to keep you on your toes.
    I am not even going to mention the MTA, Con Ed, Water Board, and the Council and the ways they all continue to give us citizens the shaft.

    January 1, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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