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Bill de Blasio sworn in as New York City's new mayor

New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio (right) signs the oath of office.
New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio (right) signs the oath of office. Credit: REUTERS/Seth Wenig/Pool

New York City has a new mayor after Bill de Blasio was sworn in at a ceremony at his home just after midnight.

The newly sworn-in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves with his wife Chirlane McCray and children Dante and Chiara.
The newly sworn-in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio waves with his wife Chirlane McCray and children Dante and Chiara. Credit: REUTERS/Seth Wenig/Pool

De Blasio's formal inauguration ceremony will take place at on Wednesday at City Hall, where former US President Bill Clinton will administer the oath of office.

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks through the crowd outside City Hall as he leaves for last time as Mayor of New York.
Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg walks through the crowd outside City Hall as he leaves for last time as Mayor of New York. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Earlier Michael Bloomberg left City Hall for the last time as mayor of New York to applause and cheers.

Watch: New Yorkers watch the ball drop on 2014

Bloomberg did not feel threatened by 'ricin letters'

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he did not feel threatened or angry after two anonymous letters, believed to be carrying the deadly poison ricin, were sent to him.

The letters threatened Mayor Bloomberg and referred to the debate on gun control, according to police.

Mr Bloomberg has been one of the country's most visible gun control advocates since the shooting of 20 young children and six adults at a Connecticut school

When asked whether he was angry about the letters, he said: "No I'm not angry. There are people who I would argue do things that may be irrational, do things that are wrong. But it's a very complex world out there. And you just have to deal with them."

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Anonymous letters sent to Bloomberg 'contained ricin'

Two anonymous letters sent to the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained material believed to be the deadly poison ricin and referenced the debate on gun laws, police said.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA

Initial tests on the letters - one of which was opened in New York on Friday and the other in Washington D.C on Sunday - indicated the presence of the poison, the New York Police Department said.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the content in both letters was "identical" and that the packages contained "an oily substance."

"One letter was addressed to the mayor personally," he added.

Emergency workers who came in contact with the letters initially showed minor symptoms of ricin exposure but have recovered now, police said.

NY Mayor: 1,000 officers assigned to counter-terrorism duties

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that 1,000 NYPD officers have been assigned to counter-terrorism duties in the wake of the Boston explosions. A statement from his office said:

I have spoken with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the NYPD has stepped up security at strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways.

Some of the security steps we are taking may be noticeable, including deployment of Critical Response Vehicles and additional police personnel, and others will not be.

We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counter-terrorism duties, and they - along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counter-terrorism infrastructure - are being fully mobilized to protect our city.

– michael bloomberg, New York Mayor

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New York mayor reiterates his call for a gun law

The New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has reiterated his call for a gun law after the Connecticut school massacre:

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President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress.

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We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after VTech, Tucson & Aurora. Now we are hearing it again.

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For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds.

He added: "We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House, not from Congress. That must end today.

"My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever."

NY fuel rationing as three quarters of forecourts close

New York's Mayor Bloomberg has introduced a petrol rationing scheme as three quarters of the the petrol stations in the city have been forced to close due to fuel shortages.

The system, which follows a similar rationing regime implemented in New Jersey last week, begins at 6am tomorrow morning.

People stand in line at a petrol station on Staten Island in New York City after Hurricane Sandy Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City has been hard hit by fuel shortages since Sandy hit ten days ago.

Emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and certain other vehicles are exempt from the rationing system.

Mayor Bloomberg: We don't need our emergency crews to rescue 'foolish people'

New York's Mayor is to close the city's parks and beaches from Wednesday to divert emergency resources away from "foolish" situations.

Wednesday's evacuations are designed to coincide with high tide and will not be as widespread as mandatory evacuations which were put in place before Hurricane Sandy.

We just don't need to send our first responders into the ocean to save someone who is being foolish.

– Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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