By Adam Swift
Ward 4 City Councillor Patrick Keefe was the unanimous pick to serve as the councilâ€™s president for 2023 at Monday nightâ€™s meeting.
Keefe, who last headed the council in 2020, takes over for outgoing president Gerry Visconti. Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna was the unanimous selection for vice president for the new year.
Keefe struck a chord of finding common ground with his fellow councillors for the good of Revere.
â€œI want to thank outgoing Council President Visconti for doing an outstanding job in this last year navigating the turbulence and helping to maintain and upkeep civility in this hallowed chamber,â€ said Keefe. â€œFar too often, people on TV and social media see whatâ€™s going on and think thatâ€™s the normal way to act disrespectful to each other and think thatâ€™s how they are going to get the job done, but that doesnâ€™t work in real life. Life is about finding common ground and making sacrifices at times when decisions are not always black and white.â€
Keefe said the council must be comfortable managing gray areas and be okay disagreeing respectfully.
â€œWe represent our community with actions and our behaviors, and we owe it to the 65,000-plus residents of Revere to represent them with respect and proper decorum,â€ said the new president. â€œThis is how we operate in the City Council, and that will be my number one duty to make sure we continue to do so.â€
Keefe thanked his fellow councillors for having the faith and confidence in him to lead the council, and thanked his family for their support while he takes on public service.
â€œIâ€™ve built my life, my family, and most of my living experiences around the city of Revere,â€ said Keefe. â€œMy pride for what we have accomplished and the work we have to do is constant.â€
Visconti also thanked the council, his family, and the voters for supporting him during his time in office, and especially during his last year as the councilâ€™s president.
He also had a special thanks for City Clerk Ashley Melnik.
â€œMadame Clerk, without you, this council does not operate,â€ said Visconti. â€œYouâ€™re probably one of, or the most important, person to all of us, and on behalf of the rest of the City Council, I want to extend my sincere gratitude for all of the work that you do for all of us, and especially the help you have given me this past year.â€
McKenna also thanked her fellow councillors for their vote of confidence in selecting her as vice president. â€œI would also like to thank you for your respect, always, for your love, always, and for your support and friendship through my seven years of being a councillor,â€ said McKenna. â€œI also want to thank my constituents for putting me on the council