Jessica A. Giannino was elected unanimously as the president of the Revere City Council Monday night during a special session following the 2016 Oath of Office Ceremony in the City Council Chambers.
Giannino, a 24-year-old graduate of Salem State University, is beginning her third term as a councillor-at-large. She has topped the ticket with impressive vote totals in the past two elections and is considered a rising star in the local political scene with unlimited potential.
Giannino succeeds John Powers, who noted the many years of service that the Giannino family has given in city government and in the Revere Police and Fire Departments before ceremoniously handing over the president’s gavel to the new president.
“This is a family that ran a greenhouse on Malden Street for so many years,” said Powers. “They’ve been part of the fabric of the City of Revere, whether it’s business or public service – they’ve been serving our community in some way.”
Giannino then made her first address as Council president to the assembled crowd that including members of her family and friends.
“Thank you all so much – what an exciting night,” said Giannino. “This is a new beginning for Revere and I think it’s really going to be a start to a wonderful year. I’m really excited to be here. My family is here tonight and I couldn’t be here without you.
“To all the people that worked so hard for me campaigning the past four years, I wouldn’t be here without you – the people of Revere who always support me. I couldn’t be any more humble or appreciative for all your support and love.”
Patrick Keefe was inaugurated as the new Ward 4 City Councillor.
“It’s an exciting day for a lot of us but certainly I’m very happy and grateful to be taking office for the city of Revere representing the citizens,” said Keefe. “I look forward to making a great impact on the city and I thank everyone for the vote of confidence.
George Rotondo was inaugurated as a Councillor-at-Large, making a triumphant return to the Council after running for Mayor four years ago.
“This is a new age for the city of Revere and I look forward to improving the economic conditions in the city, moving forward with more commercial development as well as improving service without a greater cost to our constituency,” said Rotondo.
Councillors-at-Large Robert Haas, Steve Morabito, and Anthony Zambuto and Ward Councillors Arthur Guinasso, Joanne McKenna, Ira Novoselsky, Charles J. Patch Sr., and John Powers were also inaugurated.
Morabito was unanimously elected as vice president of the City Council. Morabito thanked the Council for the honor and his family for their support.
“This is a new day in Revere and I think you’re going to see a lot of changes in the next couple of years,” said Morabito. “I’m very grateful to my colleagues for their trust in me to be their vice president. Not one person on the City Council can do it alone. We all have to work collectively to get the job done. That’s what we’re going to do the next two years.”
Members of the School Committee receiving their oaths of office were Michael A. Ferrante, Susan J. Gravellese, Dan Maguire, Stacey A. Rizzo, Frederick A. Sannella, and Carol A. Tye