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    Passero, City Council members take oaths of office

    City Council President Efrain Dominguez Jr. is handed a gavel by his nieces Maya Dominguez, 5, and Elyssia Dominguez, 21, during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Kris Grills of the New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums leads the procession during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    City Councilor Carmen Jocelyn Rosario waves at a family member as she stands with fellow councilors, from left, Akil Peck, John D. Satti and Jefferey Hart, during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Crystal Christie sings the national anthem as the New London High School NJROTC color guard holds flags during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New City Councilor Jefferey Hart takes the oath of office from New London City Clerk Jonathan Ayala during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London Mayor Michael Passero takes the oath of office with his wife, Mary, and Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz during a swearing-in ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London City Council President Pro Tempore John D. Satti kisses his granddaughter Aura Lu Satti, 3, after she hands him a gavel during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz hugs New London Mayor Michael Passero during a swearing-in ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London City Councilor Akil Peck nominates a candidate for City Council president during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New City Council President Efrain Dominguez Jr. hands a plaque to outgoing President Reona Dyess during a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Michael Passero and the New London City Council at the Holiday Inn on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London ― The sounds of bagpipes led the way as Mayor Michael Passero and members of the New London City Council proceeded into the ballroom of the Holiday Inn for a swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

    Rabbi Marc Ekstrand of Temple Emanu-El delivered the Invocation while the national anthem was sung by Crystal Christie. Passero was sworn in for his third term by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz.

    “I could have been many places tonight, but I wanted to be here to support my friend and the great leadership here in the City of New London,” Bysiewicz said.

    New City Councilor Jefferey Hart, a former school board member, along with incumbents Carmen Jocelyn Rosario, John D. Satti, Reona Dyess, Akil Peck, Alma Nartatez and Efrain Dominguez Jr. were sworn in for two years. Dominguez was named City Council president while Satti will be president pro tempore.

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