Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I am very encouraged that we will work together and remind the public how well we worked together last year, that when we were faced with great uncertainties, great difficulties, that under your leadership, Mr. President, we came together as a body, came up with an alternative that worked and were able to postpone, thanks to Councilman Squilla's introduction of the bill, the implementation when we didn't know what was going to happen. And so I'd like to remind the public that at a portion of the public that is very discouraged at this point in time, that overall AVI is what this city needed. It had to be done. It was required. We did do it. We didn't kick the can down the road.

There's more work to be done, but certainly this body stepped up last year, didn't avoid the difficult decisions, came forward with what I think most people will say was a very good effort in making sure that there was fairness. There has to be more fairness, but certainly I think we're all up for the task.

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