That was certainly an impressive inauguration ceremony led so professionally by City Clerk Ashley Melnik, who administered the oaths of office to new Mayor Brian Arrigo and the members of the City Council and School Committee.
The Council Chambers was packed with the city officials’ proud family members, supporters, and friends, so many of whom are long-time residents of this great city that still enjoys its politics and its exciting elections such as the barnburner won by Mayor Arrigo in November.
You could feel the optimism and energy in the room as Brian officially took office as the new mayor of Revere. Brian’s father, the 67-year-old former city councillor John Arrigo, who served with Mayors George Colella and Robert Haas Jr., looked so proud of his son ascending to the office of chief of executive of the city he loves.
Also enjoying the festivities were Brian’s wife, Daveen, and their baby boy, John Joseph – what an exciting beginning for the Arrigo family it is.
Revere made great strides under Mayor Dan Rizzo the past four years. Mayor Arrigo will look to continue the progress and bring his own innovative ideas and strategy to the city’s most prestigious elected position. He can count on the support and legislative leadership of his former colleagues, Jessica Giannino and Steven Morabito, who were elected president and vice president of the Council respectively, and the teamwork and partnership with other members of the Council: including former Mayor Robert Haas Jr., outgoing Council President John Powers, Councillors-at-Large Anthony Zambuto and George Rotondo, and Ward Councillors Arthur Guinasso, Joanne McKenna, Ira Novoselsky, Charles Patch Sr., and Patrick Keefe Jr.
The new School Committee – consisting of Michael A. Ferrante, Susan J. Gravellese, Dan Maguire, Stacey A. Rizzo, former Supt. of Schools Carol Tye, and Frederick A. Sannella, the former Revere school principal who is returning to board – are ready to join with Supt. of Schools Dr. Diane Kelly to help maintain the school system’s status as a model for urban school districts nationwide.
It is a new era in Revere city government with new leaders and we have great optimism for the years ahead.