Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has taken the oath of office for the third time in five years.
After having served two two-year terms, Mayor Sarno now begins a four-year term. For the first time in the city's history, Springfield voters decided their mayor should serve for four years.
"This gives the opportunity for more of a longer term vision."
Sarno was re-elected in November by a wide margin over then-City Council President Jose Tosado. During his inaugural address, Sarno outlined his priorities for the next four years, which include improvements to public safety and public schools. He says rebuilding tornado-damaged areas is at the top of his list.
"The master plan, as I stated in my words, this is going to be the most comprehensive input from residents in the city's 375-year history, so we have to take full advantage of that."
Four-year mayoral terms are uncommon in smaller New England cities, but are standard in larger cities such as Boston and Hartford.