Mayor Bill de Blasio had a long list of things that kept him busy on his first day as mayor, but the looming snowstorm took precedent. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
After all the campaign talk about ending the Tale of Two Cities in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio spent his first real day of governing dealing with something far more mundane: the snow. But as previous mayors can tell him, it should not be ignored.
"We are focused like a laser on protecting the people of this city and getting everyone ready," de Blasio said.
Salt had already been spread outside City Hall by the time de Blasio arrived a little before 9 a.m.
"We have a lot to do, but we're ready," de Blasio said.
He was about 20 minutes late for a meeting with senior staff. Many of them bounded up the steps of City Hall earlier in the morning.
"Feels like the first day of school," said Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, deputy mayor of health and human services. "All the butterflies and everything."
De Blasio swore in his new police commissioner, Bill Bratton.
He also held his first press conference as mayor. He faced questions about the anti-Bloomberg tone of his inauguration ceremony.
"I am very comfortable with everyone's remarks yesterday," de Blasio said.
He then did another turn in front of the cameras, updating New Yorkers about the storm from the city's Office of Emergency Management headquarters.
"Please, starting this evening, stay indoors to the maximum extent possible. Stay out of your cars to the maximum extent possible," de Blasio said. "If you don't need to go out, please don't go out."
De Blasio may have a long night ahead of him, but as he said, this is the job of being mayor. He said that his top priorities are protecting people's lives and keeping the streets safe and clear.