By Beth Treffeisen
On New Year’s Day morning, Mayor Martin Walsh took his oath of office, and was sworn into his second term as the 54th Mayor of Boston in front of a large crowd filled with residents, supporters, faith leaders and elected officials in the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presiding the ceremony that also included the swearing-in of the Boston City Council.
“It is an honor to preside over Mayor Walsh’s swearing in,” said Vice President Biden. “Marty is a man of incredible character and courage. He has never forgotten where he comes from. I don’t think there’s a Mayor in America who better understands the middle class, or who will do more to fight for its revitalization the years ahead than Walsh. Building on the work that the Mayor and the City Council have already done, the future is bright for the City of Boston.”
In Mayor Walsh’s second inaugural address he committed to prioritizing the fundamentals of the middle class opportunity by creating strong public schools, good jobs, and affordable homes in safe neighborhoods.
Walsh further committed to securing resources for Boston’s most vulnerable populations and providing more opportunity in every neighborhood across the city.
“In the last four years, we have dedicated ourselves, together, to Boston’s progress,” said Mayor Walsh. “And as we’ve proven to each other, our nation and the world, Boston never stops rising to the occasion, setting new goals, tackling new challenges and soaring to new heights.”
“I’m honored to stand alongside this city’s residents and have the opportunity to continue our work of making Boston a shining example – our shining city on a hill – of all people coming together to make their neighborhoods and their city better each day, year, and generation. We all share the same conviction that we are always moving forward towards a better Boston, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”In his address, Mayor Walsh outlined his Administration’s plans as he begins his second term including eliminating the opportunity gap, working together to help the homeless population, increasing access to housing, and investing more in recovery services.
“We can be a City for the royal class because it works for the middle class,” said Mayor Walsh.
In order to strengthen the pipeline to jobs in the City of Boston, Mayor Walsh outlined his BuildBPS program, which includes reconstructing the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway neighborhood, providing needed upgrades to the Quincy Upper School in Charlestown, and rebuilding the Carter School in the South End that serves the students with the most profound special needs.
Walsh said that over the next four years