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Mayor Thompson gives State of City Address

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 04:41 PM CDT
Reported by: Joel D. Smith

An emotional Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson took a look back on how far the city has come in her last "State of the City Address".

Through teary eyes and at times defiant words, Mayor Linda Thompson took the Chamber members at Friday's address on a rocky trip down memory lane. But she says, it's still a trip she's proud of.  "We did not take the easy road, we chose the most difficult path because easy answers were not the solution to our challenges." 

Before talking about the city's recent moves towards solvency, the Mayor took another look back at what she inherited.  "4 years ago, we faced disaster as a divided city, splintered from decades of dysfunction from one mayor, good old boy mismanagement." Thompson said.

The challenges eventually were big enough that the governor sent help, in the form of Receiver General William Lynch.  "A partner, a true friend, a working teammate and  a blessing every day, thank you Gen. Lynch." Thompson said.

Thompson admits the incinerator deal did not come out the way she wanted, but says it was necessary.  She still wants to finish some of the "Harrisburg Strong" initiates in the little time she has left this year.

But she finished her address saying she thinks the city is on the right track, and she's grateful.  "I thank you for the opportunity to serve this city. that I love, the city in which I was born, a city that raised, me and gave me my morals and values."

The Mayor says besides the debts and incinerator problems she inherited, the recession made everything worse.

She says the new administration will start with a clean slate and a balanced budget for 2014.Mayor Thompson gives State of City Address

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