NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio dramatically picked up the pace of his appointments this afternoon, naming five top staffers, including new leaders for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeless Services.

To become the city’s 109th mayor at the stroke of midnight, de Blasio is legally required to sign the formal oath of office form and pay the accompanying $9 registration fee. (The cost has gone up since Mayor Bloomberg signed the oath, when it was 15 cents).

Though he criticized Bloomberg’s signature bullpen office at City Hall, de Blasio hasn’t yet directed city employees to dismantle or replace it.

Bloomberg’s final press secretary, Marc La Vorgna, will likely be at his boss’ side heading into the next chapter.

The NRA took a parting shot at Bloomberg, who will likely remain an adversary of the gun rights group for years to come.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced ConEd and the state have reached an agreement to freeze electric-delivery rates for two years and gas and steam distribution rates for three years.

A new lawsuit filed by Earthjustice accuses the state of creating an anti-consumer “veil of secrecy” by withholding key documents related to the re-powering of two coal-fired power plants.

New York Times reporters and columnists reflect on Bloomberg’s legacy.

Sen. John DeFrancisco wants the wood frog to be New York’s official state amphibian.

Some not-so-serious 2014 predictions from Bill Hammond.

Ben Smith on how social media will save journalism. (Heads up: He wrote the article for Playboy).

Goodbye, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.

Headline of the day: “State Senate Majority Leader Skelos; Champion for dogs, people who love them.”