By Maria Roman
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim’s inauguration, along with the swearing in of 32 elected officials, was held Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. It was a joyous event, in which the packed audience clapped and roared with happiness as the Honorable Eddie Rodriguez was the Master of Ceremonies. The Mayor sat front stage with his family members and was sworn in for his Oath of Office by his father, George W. Ganim, Sr., Esquire.
Winning the election by a landslide, Ganim was the “people’s choice.” After serving seven years in federal prison for corruption during his previous tenure as mayor of Bridgeport, he ran against incumbent Mayor Bill Finch, and it was clearer than ever by the response of the audience that Ganim had beaten the odds. Helen Olga Losak, a long standing resident of Bridgeport and the Upper East Side Neighborhood Leader, spoke about Ganim’s past involvement with meeting the community’s needs, “Everything Joe started before, I think he’s going to multiply that; we’re going to see this happen.”
The ceremony embodied an overtone of celebration for the “redemption” of Mayor Ganim having a “second chance,” with an undertone of religious “deliverance.” He referenced his victory as “historic,” saying, “I understand this is a new beginning, and I’ve learned much from my life’s many experiences.” While thanking all those who had helped him win, he gave special thanks to Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Congressman Jim Himes and Former Mayor John Fabrizi, who were among an audience of many elected officials. He committed to being a “hands on mayor” and ensuring that city government reflects the diverse composition of Bridgeport.
Among those sworn in was Maria Pereira, the first woman of Portuguese heritage on the Board of Education, who said, “This is why I got involved,” referring to her daughter, standing next to her holding the Portuguese flag.
The mayor invited all to the after reception at City Hall Annex for a “Taste of Bridgeport,” where area restaurants showcased their foods and beverages.
PHOTOS – JAMES RUSSO – PHOTOGRAPHER (www.EffStopp.com)