“He could have been anywhere in the country,’’ Mr. Diaz said. “I’m sure he’s in high demand, but he decided to be here with our mayor, and us, in New York City.
“It was the added bonus. If there was a purpose to be out here in the middle of the cold — or a number of reasons — Bernie was certainly on top of that list.”
This Time, Cuomo Chose to be Elsewhere
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has had a strained relationship with Mr. de Blasio, was one of the many dignitaries at the mayor’s first inauguration four years ago. This time he decided to bypass the event and instead spent part of Monday on Long Island, swearing in Laura Curran, a Democrat, as the Nassau County executive.
Ms. Curran, a former reporter for New York City tabloids who was elected in November, told the audience at the county government building in Mineola that one of her main priorities was to help overcome the county’s record of political corruption.
“One of my most pressing challenges is to restore trust and respect in our government so we as a county can chart a new path forward,’’ Ms. Curran said as the audience huddled against the cold. “Over the decades the erosion of trust has broken down the bonds between the government and the people it serves, but the stakes are too high for that to continue. Now is the time for action.”
Some of the loudest cheers were for Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, who is not known for being pithy. Mr. Schumer opted to discard his prepared remarks and gave a relatively short speech. He then raced to Manhattan to make a late appearance at Mr. de Blasio’s inauguration.
There’s a First Time for Everything
This wasn’t the first time Justin Brannan had been at City Hall on Jan. 1 for an inauguration. But this time, he was attending as an elected official.
Mr. Brannan was elected to the City Council from the 43rd District in Brooklyn, to replace Vincent J. Gentile, a term-limited councilman for whom he served as director of communications.
“This is the second inauguration for Mayor de Blasio, so it’s a continuation, but it’s also a new beginning in a lot of ways,” Mr. Brannan said as he stood inside City Hall chatting with his new colleagues while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
“It’s pretty cool. My family is pretty excited,” Mr. Brannan said.
What’s the biggest difference between attending the inauguration now and as an aide?
“The best part is that I get…