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Ethan Strimling sworn in as Mayor of Portland
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PORTLAND, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- Portland's new mayor spent his first official day on the job after being sworn in this afternoon. It was a fairly brief ceremony with Ethan Strimling opting to give his inaugural address at his reception later this evening.

Ethan Strimling becomes just the second elected mayor in the city in more than 90-years. He beat out incumbent Michael Brennan back in November.

Strimling says priority number one is bringing the council together, which at times appeared very divided last year.

"We all represent different parts of the city and all of the city, so it's imperative we're all on the same page and rowing in the same direction", he said.

In Portland, the mayor is the official head of the city who sets strategic goals and priorities with the council. One of his goals is to make housing in the city more affordable.

"A zero percent vacancy rate, a $500 affordability gap. Those are unsustainable", said Strimling.

Strimling is already making his mark, having a hand in changes just adopted today to address late night city council meetings. The meetings will now start at 5pm, instead of 7pm. Public comment sessions will start at 7pm, instead of making people wait until the end of the meeting to speak.

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