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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Burlington, Vermont officials celebrated the end of the city’s pandemic state of emergency this week and officials are looking forward to recovery. Mayor Miro Weinberger, a Democrat, presented his proposed $87.3 million 2022 budget to the city council on Monday. Outside City Hall Wednesday, Weinberger told WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is confident the city will have a budget at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces end of city pandemic emergency and the release of post-pandemic report
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Burlington, Vermont city officials marked the end of the municipality’s pandemic emergency order on Wednesday, gathering on the steps of City Hall to release a report on how they responded and lessons they learned since March 2020.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger releases pandemic after action report
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Burlington, Vermont city officials have released a pandemic after-action report following the expiration of the city’s Coronavirus Emergency Order.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council had a packed agenda Monday evening.  The council approved a new leader for the city’s Community and Economic Development Office, requiring the resignation of a councilor. It also reviewed a rate increase request from the city electric department.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council’s Board of Finance held a special session Monday evening to review two items. The panel reviewed the proposed 2022 budget, which includes some federal COVID relief funds, and discussed the status of a citywide property reappraisal.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
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The mayor of Burlington, Vermont held a periodic briefing on the impact of the COVID pandemic on the city this week.  It included an update on wastewater monitoring for the virus.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (file)
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On Town Meeting Day, Burlington, Vermont voters elected one new city councilor and re-elected three councilors and the mayor. They were sworn in Monday and the mayor delivered his state of the city address, which focused on racial justice efforts.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election Tuesday to a fourth three-year term in his closest race yet for the city’s top seat.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council passed a Public Safety Continuity Plan at Monday night’s meeting. But amendments to the proposal fundamentally changed the intent of the mayor’s proposal.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and delayed action on one item regarding police department restructuring and voted down another related item.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington voters will elect a mayor on Town Meeting Day, March 2nd.  The incumbent Democrat and his challengers met recently for a virtual forum hosted by one of the city’s neighborhood planning assemblies.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has failed to override a veto by the mayor that would have placed a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if an independent police oversight board should be created.

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An issue that shadowed Burlington, Vermont officials throughout 2020 began at the end of 2019.  As Progressives took control of the City Council, policing issues were targeted. Now the department faces cuts moving into 2021.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city is voluntarily quarantining after a possible exposure to COVID-19.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces new policing initiatives
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Democrats in Vermont's largest city have nominated incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger to serve another term.

On Sunday about 500 city Democrats participated in a virtual caucus in which they nominated Weinberger to run for what would be his fourth term in office.  Burlington party Vice Chair C.D. Mattison offered the formal nomination.  “Miro has dedicated himself to the people of Burlington and delivered building a financially strong and nimble city. A Burlington ready to respond to the pandemic.”

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Governor Phil Scott held his latest COVID briefing this morning, asking Vermonters to reconsider any travel plans they may have for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Coronavirus cases are increasing in Vermont. Tuesday evening, Burlington’s mayor held a virtual town hall with medical experts to discuss concerns and what people should know about new guidance to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The state of Vermont has seen a spike in coronavirus cases and while officials say the numbers aren’t large, they are concerning.

Burlington City Hall
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Police departments across the country have come under increasing scrutiny this year. In Burlington, Vermont, a month-long encampment at a park adjacent to the city police department and nightly marches to City Hall emphasized activists’ demands for changes. While the camp has disbanded, city officials are working on policing issues.  At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting, the panel heard reports on racial equity and policing issues.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces new policing initiatives
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The mayor of Burlington, Vermont announced a series of initiatives Friday aimed at transforming policing in the city.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger held a COVID briefing Wednesday afternoon during which he presented information on several projects the city is working on. He didn’t mention protests that have been occurring in the downtown for over a week until questioned at the end of his presentations.

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Last week, Vermont granted localities, especially college towns, stronger powers to set COVID-19 restrictions.  Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger plans to call a special session of the city council Thursday to pass stricter measures to prevent an outbreak in the city.

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A measure to bring ranked choice voting to Burlington will not be on November’s ballot.

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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger took a brief break from his regular COVID-19 updates in July but returned on Wednesday. He covered several issues including concerns about college students returning to the city for in-person classes during the pandemic.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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Mayor Miro Weinberger has sent a default letter to the developers of a stalled redevelopment project in the center of downtown Burlington, threatening legal action.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger leads community declaration that racism is a public health crisis
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor was joined by leaders of the city’s Black community this morning to declare racism a public health crisis.

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A new partnership agreement has been announced between the city of Burlington, Vermont and Champlain College that will allow city residents to take online courses at reduced cost.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger presented his proposed 2021 city budget Monday. His presentations focused on changes to the city Police Department budget and enhancing racial justice financing at a time when city revenues will be sharply lower.

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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city says the coronavirus pandemic has changed this year’s Green Up Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the latest about COVID-19 in Burlington.

Burlington’s mayor hosted a tele-town hall Tuesday evening to discuss the public health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and how Vermont’s largest city should respond to the crisis.

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