Friday, December 11, 2020
David Collins, WBAL-TV 11
People representing a new era in Baltimore City government are now officially on the job. On Tuesday, Mayor Brandon Scott took the oath of office, while Thursday, Baltimore City has a new council president and five new council members.
The coronavirus forced a two-part swearing in ceremony and neither family members nor the public could attend.
A message of optimism, hope and the promise of new path forward ruled the day.
Five freshmen council members are joining 10 veterans to move the city forward. The team captain is new City Council President Nick Mosby.
“I don’t have all the answers and this council won’t solve every single problem facing neighborhoods and families in our city. But I can assure you Baltimore that you can be confident that every morning, we will wake up fighting for you and fighting with you. Because I am you. We are you,” Mosby said.
Mosby reflected on growing up in Baltimore and his friendship with Scott. He compared his decision to purchase a dilapidated vacant home in a rundown neighborhood to his optimism of turning the city around.
“I saw a clear sense of hope, optimism and vision for the potential of this beautiful neighborhood,” Mosby said.
Mosby provided a dark history lesson of a racially divided Baltimore that included structural racism on everything from where people could live to who could borrow money. Ill-fated policies, he says, that manifest themselves present day.
“Good public policy will create safe spaces for our children to learn and play. Good public policy will create the opportunities for employment and small business creation and growth. Good public policy will create and expand smart transportation options for all citizens and visitors,” he said.
Mosby promised he and this new City Council will change lives.
“We don’t need a miracle to change or improve conditions in Baltimore. We need us, this body as City Council, you as residents,” Mosby said.
The council president says he will soon be meeting with the mayor to discuss his coronavirus restrictions and his hiring of a city administrator. One surprising priority: Mosby said he will work on increasing Baltimore’s shrinking population.