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Mayor Pantelides Pledges to Make Annapolis 'Athens of the East'

Annapolis' new mayor gave his inaugural address Monday after taking the oath of office.

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides. (Photo credit: D. Frank Smith)
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides. (Photo credit: D. Frank Smith)
Newly elected Mayor Mike Pantelides was sworn into office Monday among a crowd of hundreds, including family, friends and local, state and international officials.

In his inaugural address, Pantelides pledged to combat drugs and violence in the city and expand local businesses and the job market. But to overcome these challenges, he said he would need unity from the city.

"The decisions I make will be guided by one principle: Putting Annapolis first," Pantelides said. 

Speaking before the inauguration, County Executive Laura Neuman said her office would work together with the city's for a new era of cooperation.

Pantelides said he would keep his door open one day a month, without appointment, for anyone to come and speak their mind to him. 

"We can have both economic prosperity and environmental sanctitude," he said, touching upon one of the key issues of the election.

In his address, Pantelides harkened back to Colonial times, saying the city's maritime resources needed to be reinvigorated.

"We have the resources, historical and cultural to make Annapolis again as it  was referred to in Colonial times, The Athens of the East," Pantelides said. 

Much of the inauguration event Monday at Maryland Hall took a note from Pantelides' Greek heritage.

The ambassador of Greece to the U.S., Christos P. Panagopoulos offered kind words for the new mayor, and said with his country soon to be at the head of the European Union's Council, he would work to ensure the name of Annapolis was heard.

Patch will provide additional updates on the Mayor's first week over the next few days. 

See also: Pantelides Names First Cabinet Appointments 
Trevor Gryffyn December 03, 2013 at 03:16 PM
"Athens of the East"? o.O
Mike December 04, 2013 at 08:37 AM
What happened to "sweep Annapolis clean?" I am sick of the financial mismanagement of the Cohen administration--where is the push to fix that which was so prominent in the campaign? Not sure if this is a shortcoming of the reporting or of Mr. Pantelides' remarks, or both, but I want what I voted to get: fiscal restraint, a complete AUDIT of the city, and a return to my water and trash bills of several years ago. While all of this is unlikely with the current city council, it is nonetheless what Mr. Pantelides must push to get or this will all just be a waste of time. He must push for these things, which the city council will of course shoot down, but the conflict must happen in view of the public so the council can be shown for what it is. AUDITS! SPENDING CUTS! NOW!
Mike December 04, 2013 at 08:47 AM
self-edit: should have been "Mr. Pantelides's remarks" But more important, what is important is that Mr. Pantelides push the city council and get the books opened up, with all the skeletons exposed. This must be done, moving the city council to expose the truth in the financial dealings, or to expose the city council in their OBSTRCTION of public access to the city's financial dealings. WATER AND TRASH are essentially double what they were a few years ago. WHERE IS OUR MONEY GOING, and WHERE HAS OUR MONEY ALREADY GONE?! Anything short of a massive, open exposure of city finances with a push to CUT the spending will make this righteous voter revolt worthless.
T. F. Sayles December 04, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Holy smokes, I think we have our very own George W. Bush! The Athens of the East? First of all, seems like we would be the Athens of the WEST. Second ... Athens? The capital city of a country that is a fiscal train wreck? Is this man topically tone deaf? And then there's environmental "sanctitude." No such word, Mr. Mayor. And if you meant "sanctity" ... it's the wrong word, unless you were being VERY sarcastic, and clearly you weren't. And a crackdown on drugs? Really?! That's the best you've got? A threadbare old bromide straight out of 1974? I think we have an interesting couple of years ahead of us...
elivingstone.robinson December 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Really... Where have this young man been travelling or reading ?? "Athens of the East/West" Athens is broke and waiting on another bailout. "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ” George Orwell.

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