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Joseph Fusco sworn in as new mayor of Rome
ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Joseph Fusco became the city's 76th mayor Saturday afternoon shortly after noon. He was sworn in by Rome City Court Judge Dan Wilson.
Afterward, Fusco took time to thank the man he beat in November's election by just 81 votes, James Brown. Fusco said, "I would also like to thank Jim Brown and his administrative staff for eight years of public service and their strong committment to bettering our community. We acknowledge and appreciate your efforts. Thank you."
Several hundred people filled the historic Capitol Theatre, including Congressman Richard Hanna.
Hanna gave a brief statement on stage and told Fusco that it's a tough time to be a politician and said "this country has to learn to live within its means."
"So as the new year dawns, we must come together as a community and be ready, willing and able to make the necessary sacrifices and do whatever it takes to bring forth the change needed to create a brighter future for the city of Rome, both socially and economically," Fusco said.
Fusco said he asked that the seven members of Rome's City Council be sworn in on the same stage to show a sign of unity that all parties will work together for the betterment of Rome.
The very emotional day was topped off by the swearing in of Council member Anthony D'Arcangelo who is still recovering from a stroke a few months ago.