CSL mayor lays out priorities

Councillor Ruth Kovac is sworn in as Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and council members look on.

A well-attended party was held last week at Côte St. Luc's Aquatic and Community Centre to celebrate the election victories of Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and the new council.

The new council includes Oren Sebag (District 1), Mike Cohen (District 2), acclaimed Dida Berku (District 3), Steven Erdelyi (District 4), Mitch Kujavsky (District 5), David Tordjman (District 6), Sidney Benizri (District 7) and Ruth Kovac (District 8).

The party was attended by friends and family of the candidates, as well as mayoral candidate Robert Libman, D'Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, and Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim’s spiritual leader Rabbi Yehouda Benoliel, among many others.

A ceremonial swearing-in was held, followed by a speech by Brownstein in which he laid out his priorities for the next four years.

"We are moving forward towards the realization of the Cavendish extension project, and we will have to renew the commitments of the former [Montreal] administration with [new Montreal Mayor] Valerie Plante and with the provincial government to ensure we continue to move forward," the Mayor told attendees.

Brownstein detailed other plans:

• Transport: "We will be meeting with Valerie Plante, as well as [CDN/NDG Mayor Sue Montgomery], to deal with issues such as Côte St. Luc Road," Brownstein explained.

• Infrastructure: "We're spending the most money I can ever remember, $6 million, for the next four years, is being put aside for redoing our roads, and close to $1 million for sidewalks," the Mayor explained. "We also have major plans for renovations and rehabilitations of our annex, ice skating arena, our outdoor swimming pool, Kirwan Park, and on top of those major projects, we are going to be spending $300,000 every year for small park equipment throughout the city, so that wherever you go with your young family, there will be a place with fun equipment for them to enjoy."

• Citizenship engagement, "where we'll move towards an open city."

• Sports, arts and culture: "We want to have new programs, and bring into our library other communities — more Russians, more members of the Sephardic community— and we want to have the Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society put on at least one French play."

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