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The uncommon councilor

Heagerty is hailed as man of action as his term begins:

Last Thursday morning, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m., the newly elected and re-elected common councilors were sworn in at city hall - all but one. First district councilor, Michael Heagerty was inducted instead at his Palace Theater in Eastwood the following day. Judge Brian F. DeJoseph thanked Michael for the honor of officiating over the occcasion in front of a packed Palace lobby.

Heagerty's former business partner and sister Eileen was one of the first to arrive. The sibs' parents, Patrick and Alfreda, entered early as well. Patrick had a family bible in hand, which was used for Michael' s swearing in.

"Politics is a rough and tumble game. I hope he has thick skin because no matter what you say people will think you are wrong," Heagerty's father a decorated World War II veteran said, "He's very honest, and hopefully he can make some changes."

Next to arrive was Mayor Matt Driscoll, who had been absent at the group swearing in the day before. People started to stream in, including former Mayor Tom Young and many of the city's other top Democrats. The crowd was visibly enthusiastic.

"I think he'll be a phenomenal addition to the council," said Bethaida (Bea) Gonz lez, president of Syracuse's Common Council.

Gonz lez was the master of ceremonies for the event. She explained that Heagerty's range of experience was key and that the Palace Theater was a physical example of his public service and his work as an activist.

"So many people have been so kind to me," Michael said after he was sworn in.

He first thanked Mayor Driscoll for having faith in him by appointing him to the city's planning commission. Then he stated it sent a chill right through him when Driscoll suggested he run for the common council.

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