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Mayor Curran was a tenacious, strong willed leader, who developed an excellent understanding of municipal finance. His enduring legacy will be his leadership in building this beautiful high school.

Mayor McLaughlin never let political differences become personal. His work with senior citizens and the senior center has been exemplary. He worked tirelessly on the Goodyear School and numerous water and sewer projects.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Mayor McLaughlin for his gracious assistance with the transition process. In addition, I would like to thank you for your four years of strong service to the residents of Woburn.

Today I begin serving as Mayor of our great city, during a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty.

The state has been forced to drastically cut local aide. Local revenues generated from permits, excise tax and other sources have declined, while businesses and homeowners have witnessed a sharp decrease in their property values. At the same time, the state and federal government continue to force more unfunded spending mandates upon us and health insurance, pension and energy costs have risen dramatically.

Now, more than ever, Woburn residents need to be assured that they will continue receiving the basic services that they expect and deserve without waste.

By working collaboratively with the City Council, the School Committee, our dedicated department heads and employees, and the various boards and commissions, I can assure you, dollar for dollar, living in Woburn will become the absolute best value in the Commonwealth.

We will change the business as usual approach to delivering services. We will invest in projects that lower our operating costs. We will increase our reliance on technology to improve efficiencies and quickly respond to taxpayer complaints.

I will meet individually with all department heads on a weekly basis. This weekly review will identify opportunities to operate more efficiently, trim wasteful spending and identify new sources of revenue. All programs will be evaluated to determine whether they are still effective or should be eliminated, consolidated or upgraded.

The City of Woburn has been a long term beneficiary of its strategic location at the intersection of Routes 93 and 128. This has contributed to a historically strong

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