“The state of the city is challenged, but reinvigorated,” Miro Weinberger told a full house at City Hall moments after becoming Burlington’s first Democratic mayor in 31 years. He was elected on March 6 by a decisive margin after a hard-fought and expensive campaign that lasted six months.
Weinberger was sworn in Monday night by U.S. District Judge William Sessions at the opening of Organization Day, a ceremonial event that also featured election of a new Council President, Democrat Joan Shannon, and members of the Board of Finance.
The council’s first action, after a brief debate, was to approve the new mayor’s choice of Paul Sisson as interim chief administrative officer.
“As we turn the page and write this new chapter for our city,” Weinberger said in a State of the City address, “I request and will value your help, your input, and your participation in giving our community the fresh start you have demanded. Please know that all of you are integral members of the team.”