HAVERHILL — Mayor James Fiorentini told more than 300 residents and officials packed into the City Hall auditorium yesterday morning that the city is poised to achieve great things during his record sixth term.
“When I addressed you a decade ago, we faced the largest municipal debt in the history of Massachusetts,” Fiorentini told the crowd, referring to the city’s then-$85 million debt on its former municipal hospital. “Our goal back then was simple: To survive. ...But today our quality of life has improved, old factory buildings are revived, our MCAS scores are up, our unemployment rate is down, and our city has the highest bond rating in our history. Today, Haverhill is back.”
Voters swept Fiorentini to victory in the Nov. 5 election over challenger Tyler Kimball, a city firefighter and local farm owner who mounted a late-entry, write-in/sticker campaign. The final results of the mayoral contest were 6,488 votes for Fiorentini and 2,191 for Kimball.
Fiorentini, a lawyer and former city councilor who grew up in Haverhill, said his sixth term will be about moving forward and transforming Haverhill into a modern 21st Century city.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas gave the oath of office to Fiorentini, just as she did Saturday to Methuen Mayor Steven Zanni.
“As the longest serving mayor in the city’s history, Mayor Fiorentini has been a strong and dedicated leader for Haverhill. The residents hold him in high regard due to his accessibility and commitment to the community, and have continuously placed their trust in him to expand opportunities and grow their city,” Tsongas said in a statement.
“Mayor Fiorentini’s efforts have resulted in progress for Haverhill’s schools, businesses and infrastructure, and have laid the foundation for continued economic development in the years to come. He is a dedicated public servant and I was honored today to be a part of his inauguration ceremony today,” she said.