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January 2, 2014

Rivera changes inaugural plans again as storm nears

LAWRENCE — Mayor-elect Daniel Rivera was tough enough to defeat incumbent Mayor William Lantigua, but so far he’s blinked twice in the face of the winter storm boring down on the region.

Rivera yesterday rescheduled his public inauguration ceremony from noon Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday to avoid the storm, which is forecasted to bring up to a foot of snow, single-digit temperatures and 40- mph wind gusts on Thursday and Friday.

The change was the second as the forecast worsened. On Tuesday, Rivera’s transition committee said it would move the ceremony from outside City Hall to the auditorium at the North Common Education Complex at 233 Haverhill St. — the former high school — but said it would not reschedule the event from Friday at noon.

Yesterday, Rivera announced the move to Saturday morning, but said the ceremony still will be held at the Education Complex. He said the gala at the Elks Club on Andover Street also will be moved from Friday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 7 p.m. Both events are open to the public. The inauguration is free. Tickets to the gala are $50.

Rivera is scheduled to take the oath of office in a private ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight, so he will have been mayor for a day and a half when he takes the oath at the public ceremony Saturday. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is still scheduled to deliver the oath, despite the scheduling change.

The storm also may disrupt the swearing-in ceremonies for City Council and School Committee members, which were scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight.

Yesterday, outgoing City Council President Frank Moran said the councilors may meet earlier in the day to take the oath, which would become effective at 7 p.m.

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