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Mayor Schor reflects on his first year in office

Posted at 10:22 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 10:15:40-05

With nearly a year in the books, Andy Schor is reflecting on his tenure as Lansing mayor so far.

On Tuesday, he sat down with journalists to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of his first 11 months in office.

"It's very different than the legislature. But I think a lot of the skills that I learned serving in the legislature, especially in the minority, really helped me to be what I hope is a better mayor," he said.

Schor says he's happy with how his first year as mayor went. He talked about two of the high points.

"We were thrilled when we announced a downtown grocery store and hotel. That was an exciting day. We were thrilled when we announced the Lansing Ignite, the only professional soccer team in Michigan," he said.

Then he talked about the lows.

"There's the awful day when you have a fire in your public housing and you have to navigate that. Or, you know, the awful several days where we have a massive flood in the city of Lansing."

For 2019, he said he wants to focus on growing the city's neighborhoods and business. He said South Lansing will be at the top of the list.

"I think the first year, we did a lot of setting the stage. In year two, I would love to see a lot of cranes in the air and digging into the ground. I want to see this come to fruition in the next year and a half."

Looking back over the first part of his term, Schor said he has no regrets.

"I'm not perfect but, you know, at this point, things have been going, I think, really well in the city of Lansing and we're going to try and keep that momentum going and keep that growth going," he said.

Schor said he campaigned with four priorities: Infrastructure, neighborhoods, economic development, and schools. He said his administration has touched every one of those areas.