NEW BRITAIN - Mayor Erin Stewart, aldermen and the city’s other elected officials were sworn in on Tuesday, marking the beginning of another two-year term.
“I truly am humbled by the faith you have placed in me. A three-peat feels pretty good,” Stewart told the crowd in the New Britain High School auditorium after taking the oath of office.
Stewart was elected to a third term last Tuesday. She looked back at her journey - from being in the audience at a special inauguration during her high school years to being sworn in herself.
“It was 14 years ago that a 16-year-old stood on this very stage and recited the Pledge of Allegiance as her father was sworn in as mayor of New Britain. And she watched, filled with inspiration,” Stewart said. “I hope today that I’m inspiring another 16-year-old somewhere in the crowd.”
Stewart was first elected in 2013, defeating incumbent Democrat Tim O’Brien.
She looked back at the city’s “new political journey” under her style of leadership, touting financial planning, economic development and government transparency as evidence of positive change in New Britain over the past four years.
“Today, I’m proud to say that because of hard work, patience and cooperation from Democrats and Republicans alike, New Britain is a much better place. We’ve made substantial progress,” Stewart said.
Stewart said New Britain has become a model of bipartisanship and government effectiveness, especially in light of the state of the federal government.
“No party has a monopoly on what is right, and New Britain is proof of that. All politics are local, and national politics are not New Britain politics,” Stewart said. “Whatever’s happening in Washington right now is not what we stand for.”
Along with Stewart, Town Clerk Mark Bernacki, Tax Collector Cheryl Blogoslawski, Treasurer Ron Jakubowski, constables and members of the Board of Education, Common Council and Board of Assessment Appeals were sworn in.
Former school board member Sharon Beloin-Saavedra served as emcee for the ceremony, which featured the New Britain Police Department Honor Guard, an invocation from the Rev. Joseph Keough of St. Joseph Church and a benediction from Pastor Thomas Mills of Grace Church.
The NBHS Madrigal Singers performed the national anthem and the Irish Blessing. Members of the NBHS Marching Band also played. Cheerleaders from Northend Elementary School helped energize the crowd
The Common Council will meet tonight for the first time since the election. The council’s president pro tempore will be elected and several leadership positions will be assigned.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.
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