Mayor Bill de Blasio commemorates last day at City Hall with walkout ceremony
Mayor Bill de Blasio is in his final hours of being New York City's top leader - and spent Thursday delivering final remarks at City Hall.
The mayor was joined by the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, as he addressed his staff about the eight years he spent leading New York City.
De Blasio served as the city's 109th mayor after being elected into office in 2014. He sought to tackle some of the toughest issues including the homeless crisis, education and crime.
The mayor also sought to eliminate traffic fatalities with Vision Zero. Most recently, the public servant has led the city throughout the highs and lows of the coronavirus pandemic.
While many cheered on the mayor, protestors lined the gates to dispute mask and vaccine mandates put into place citywide. Amid the opposing voices, the former presidential candidate says he fought for his city.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams is expected to be sworn-in as the city's next mayor during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.