Weinberger Begins New Job As Burlington Mayor

04/03/12 12:04PM By Kirk Carapezza

AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger greeted President Barack Obama last week. On Tuesday, Weinberger begins his job as mayor of Vermont’s largest city.

Miro Weinberger is spending his first day as mayor of Burlington Tuesday.

Weinberger was sworn in as mayor Monday night, making him Burlington's first Democratic mayor in more than 30 years.

After a protracted campaign that featured a tie in the Democratic caucus, Weinberger says it's a relief to get to work and to get to know his staff.

"I'm very aware that I'm the newest member of a 600-person team," Weinberger said. "The team needs to work together to deliver the services people expect and deserve."

Weinberger says his biggest challenge will be restoring trust to the mayor's office following criticism of the way Progressive Bob Kiss handled the job during his six years in office. "I don't think anyone has been happy with recent years, so I'm hopeful that if I do my job well and energetically and effectively we'll see a rapid change in the feeling people have about City Hall."

Weinberger beat Republican Kurt Wright and independent Wanda Hines in the March election.

Tuesday morning Weinberger met with department heads, and later he scooped ice cream on Church Street as he participated in Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day.

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