Mitchell Brownstein was sworn in Monday night as Côte St. Luc’s 12th mayor, after having been acclaimed Friday afternoon.
The swearing-in ceremony, which followed a reception hosted by Brownstein’s family, took place before a standing room-only crowd at city hall made up of family, friends, supporters, volunteers and Côte St. Luc council regulars. Monday’s ceremony enabled Brownstein to preside over that night’s council meeting.
Also on hand were Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, Town of Mount Royal mayor Philippe Roy, councillors from neighbouring Hampstead and Montreal West, and former Côte St. Luc councillors Isadore Goldberg, Joseph Panunto and David Klinger.
In a speech, Brownstein expressed appreciation to his family, friends and supporters.
“I’m very proud to be working with this council family,” he added. “Anthony Housefather started a tradition where he empowered each one of us to be actively involved in each of the departments of the city, and I will continue to do that and encourage and challenge council to find new programs and new ideas to continue to improve the quality of life for the residents of Côte St. Luc.”
Brownstein said he felt it was important to meet as many residents as possible.
“I want to continue to follow that,” he added. “That’s why I have asked people to friend me on Facebook and continue to do so, Friend me on LinkedIn, and if you’re not social media-friendly, pick up one of those business cards I left all over the city. I do want to be the mayor that’s known as the friend of all the people, and accessible to your needs.”
Brownstein said he will continue to meet residents, and speak wherever he is invited.
He also encouraged the District 7 candidates running in the April 10 by-election — Mitchell Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Lloyd Pedvis and Sidney Benizri. Brownstein used to represent that district.
“It’s wonderful that we have these four candidates who are interested in providing service to the community,” the new mayor said. “I wish you all well, I ask the residents of District 7 to open your doors to the candidates who may knock— meet them and make a wonderful choice. I promise you, whoever is elected will be welcome into our council family as if you have been a member for all the days we have been together. Good luck.”