Labor Clr Jerome Laxale was elected as the new Mayor of the City of Ryde last night (Tuesday).
Mayor Laxale was elected by seven votes to four with the support of his three Labor colleagues, Ryde’s two councillors from The Greens and Independent Simon Zhou.
The Greens Clr Chris Gordon was elected Deputy Mayor with seven votes to four, with Independent Clr Roy Maggio abstaining from both votes.
The Liberals Clr Sarkis Yedelian received four Liberal votes for Mayor and colleague Jordan Lane also received four votes for Deputy Mayor.
In his victory speech, the new Mayor said he hoped the council would move on from the State Government’s failed attempt to force it to merge with Hunters Hill and Lane Cove.
“The last five years have been difficult and the State Government’s attempted forced merger has crippled this council for years to come and in the end it was more nothing,” he said.
“Our council was in the news for all the wrong reasons but now, for the first time ever, voters have elected a council from the progressive side of politics and a council that will put local people first.
“Ryde is a great city and deserves a great council.”
Deputy Mayor Chris Gordon agreed.
“Everyone’s very, very eager to get on and make Ryde a great place to live and what an exciting time this is for The Greens,” he said.
“A council can also be a forum for community protest, as we’ve seen with the forced council amalgamations.”
Councillors voted to introduce two new committees; one for the Arts and the other a Renewable Energy Advisory Committee.
l to r. Christopher Gordon Deputy and Mayor Jerome Laxale head the new Ryde Council.
TWT on the spot photo.