Houston mayor, council members sworn in

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HOUSTON, TX – It’s the second day of the New Year and Houston Mayor Annise Parker is still celebrating.

She officially began her third ,and final, term as the city’s mayor on Thursday.

Madam Mayor rang in the start of her final two years as Houston’s leader by partaking in an old-fashioned inauguration. There were performances, readings, prayers and, of course, a speech.

Mayor Parker touted her past successes while also making some calls for action including: plans to end chronic homelessness, fix Houston’s roads and drainage systems and better protect the coast from hurricane damage.

“Whether that is the Centennial Gate or the Ike Dike, it is time we will do this, together,” said Mayor Parker.

And, speaking of togetherness, along with Mayor Parker, several new city council members were also sworn in.

“Whatever our differences, we will endeavor to reward your faith in us. We are ready to go to work.”

So, get to work y’all! Here’s to a happy and problem-free 2014 in Houston.

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