Wednesday, December 14, 2010

Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday, December 14, 2010

New mayor arms himself for budget realities

Mayor Bob Bratina received two symbols of Hamilton yesterday.

One was the chain of office, presented to him by Richard Koroscil, president of the local chamber of commerce, during Wednesday night’s inaugural council meeting.

The other was a parking ticket.

Bratina kicked off his inaugural address with a lighthearted anecdote about finding the ticket stuck to his windshield that day — typical of the off-the-cuff style Hamilton came to know during his years on the radio.

In his smooth broadcaster voice, Bratina spent the rest of his address outlining his priorities, thanking his council colleagues, and reminiscing about his family’s history in Hamilton. He told the story of his father, who came here from Croatia in 1928 at age six.

“He came to a boarding house on Gertrude Street next to a railroad track and a steel mill,” Bratina said. “By the time I was in high school, my father was a superintendent of electricians in a Dofasco foundry.

“We found our way and have lived full and fulfilling lives in and around Hamilton.”

Bratina also took a moment to recognize four former mayors in attendance: Fred Eisenberger, Larry Di Ianni, Bob Wade and Bob Morrow.

Bratina thanked them for their service and added that he hoped to lean on their experience to help him during his tenure as mayor.

Bratina also reaffirmed his commitment to look into deamalgamation and told the crowd that he will continue to try to ease the divisions he sees in Hamilton. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)