Nightly News   |  January 01, 2014

Who Is Bill de Blasio?

Some call it the nation’s second toughest job after the presidency. Being the mayor of New York City comes with high visibility.  Get to know the man who became the first democrat to hold the office in two decades. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> it has been called the second toughest job in america -- being the mayor of new york . today this city got a new one for the first time in a dozen years. the first democrat in more than two decades. his name is bill deblasio and his influence is likely to be felt far beyond the city.

>> reporter: the mayor of new york may only be in charge of the city but this job has always had the power to push the national agenda. democrat bill de blasio is already thinking big.

>> we are called to put an end to economic and social in inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love.

>> reporter: today at his inauguration the brooklyn native was sworn in by president will bill clinton . few new yorkers knew who he was a year ago. but the underdog changed that, combining the. compelling personal story of his mixed race family with a liberal platform.

>> i want to tell you a little bit about bill de blasio.

>> reporter: outlined by his son dante. he made a promise to animal rights activists to get rid of the horse drawn carriages in central park . in a couple of days this classic scene could be relegated to photos and movie clips. his predecessor michael bloomberg , the millionaire businessman changed new york . he banned smoking in bars and restaurants and tried to outlaw big sugary drinks. there was a dramatic drop in crime. a record low 333 murders in 2013 , down from 2,245 in 1990 which bloomberg in part credited to the controversial stop and frisk policy. deblasio has separated himself from bloomberg but hopes for similar success.

>> people root for new york . there is a feeling around the country that if we can do things well that their town, their cities can do them well, too. everybody will be watching this guy.

>> reporter: a new local leader who will succeed or fail on a national stage. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york .