A year ago, Bernard laid out some goals he hoped to address in his first year. Now halfway through his term, the mayor is building on themes of investment and leveraging partnerships and regional initiatives to move the state's smallest city forward.
Mayor Thomas Bernard wants North Adams to write a new story — not one that defines it by its problems but rather by its potential.
That was theme of the new mayor's first "State of the City" address on Tuesday night. Given barely six weeks after his inuagural speech on Jan. 1, the State of the City looked at what he described as hard truths and initiatives already under way.
Mayor Thomas W. Bernard and the newly elected City Council took their oaths of office at the well-attended ceremony in City Council Chambers on a frigid New Year's Day. Councilor Keith Bona, returning for his fifth consecutive two-year term, was elected as council president and Councilor Benjamin Lamb as vice president.