HUDSON — A new year, a fresh start.
City officials were sworn in Monday afternoon to ring in the new year at Hudson Hall on Warren Street.
Mayor Rick Rector, City Treasurer Heather Campbell, Common Council President Tom DePietro and councilmembers Rob Bujan, Kamal Johnson, Dewan Sarowar, Tiffany Garriga, Shershah Mizan and Calvin Lewis Jr. took their oaths of office to start their terms.
Rector, who is a former 1st ward alderman, was the sole candidate in November for the two-year term of city mayor. After the city officials were sworn in, he gave a speech stressing the importance of working together to accomplish their goals.
“I love our city and I celebrate our history, I celebrate our diversity and I celebrate our future together,” Rector said after being sworn in. “My campaign slogan ‘One Hudson’ … has always meant more to me than a simple gimmick. It’s something I truly believe in and hope to bring it to all aspects of my being your mayor.”
“I’m really excited to see what happens with the DRI,” said newly sworn-in City Treasurer Heather Campbell. “I think that’s going to be a game-changer here and I’m hoping it will really stimulate economic development. I think all the points Rick’s making are really right on.”
The mayor and Common Council members listed the Downtown Revitalization Initiative as one of their major priorities for 2018. All said they hoped to continue to get along.
“Our top priority is to keep this sentiment of everyone working together for as long as possible, because right now, everyone is getting along quite well, which is not typical of Hudson,” said new Common Council President Tom DePietro. “We hope to maintain that.”
DePietro ran for the two-year position of common council president unopposed in November. One of his priorities for the Common Council is to reshape the council in terms of committees, he said, but declined to go into detail about his plans before the city’s organizational meeting Jan. 8.
Rector wants the city to continue to reach out and support the community’s youth, continue to work on the mayor’s Housing Taskforce and continue the city’s growth and economic revitalization without alienating other groups in the community.
“Let’s never forget that with power, we have the ability now to help others,” Rector said.
In his speech, the new mayor addressed the divisiveness of today’s culture and the need to move past that to get things accomplished.
“It is almost possible these days to listen to another point of view or be open to a new idea,” Rector said. “It’s more difficult to set aside differences and find mutual purposes and goals.
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“We’re lucky so many people want to live and work here and that’s been a really recent and positive aspect to living in Hudson,” Rector said toward the end of his speech. “However, this has brought about conversations and discussions on housing, on jobs and opportunities. Together, we must solve these and work on these issues.”
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