April 10, 2014 - 10:41 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Glendale City Council voted to select Councilman Zareh Sinanyan as the next mayor of Glendale, during its regular Council session with friends and family in the audience, Asbarez reported.
Glendale Council Members are elected by the public at large while the Mayor is selected by the Council Members on an annual basis. Glendale Council Members serve four-year terms with an election cycle every two years.
Sinanyan was nominated by Councilman Frank Quintero, who was joined by fellow councilmembers Ara Najarian and Laura Friedman in the vote for his nomination. Councilman and outgoing mayor Dave Weaver abstained.
In his remarks, Sinanyan thanked his wife, Lori, his children, family friends and supporters and said he was humbled by the “trust bestowed upon me by the voters of the City of Glendale and my colleagues on City Council.”
“The past year has been very educational for me and each of you have played a unique role in that process,” said Sinanyan referring to his fellow City Council members.
“Councilman Quintero, I look forward to serving with you for the next two months. Thank you for your mentorship and support during these 12 months. Councilmember Weaver, I thank you for your leadership in the last 12 months and look forward to working with you in the future. Councilmember Najarian, we have had our disagreements, in fact our votes have seldom aligned on issues, but I look forward to ever-increasing cooperation on all issues that concern Glendale. Councilmember Friedman, thank you for calling in and expressing your support for my candidacy. I think you and I have voted along the same lines on many issues and I look forward to working together for the betterment of our city,” added Sinanyan.
He pledged that he will work will all residents and groups in the city to ensure the ongoing projects advance to make the city of Glendale and better place for its residents.
“We shall do everything to ensure that all parts of Glendale, from far North, to South, East to West, homeowners and renters, big businesses and mom and pop shops are increasingly engaged in and well informed about the developments in the City, and that their opinions and needs are heard loud and clear,” said Sinanyan.
He also pledged to make city government more transparent proposing to translate city-produced materials in Armenain, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog to increase access to a broader base of Glendale residents.
“Thank you, and let’s make this a great year of continued progress in Glendale,” he concluded.
Sinanyan was elected to City Council in April of 2013 and has since served as the Chair of the Housing Authority. Councilman Sinanyan has been involved with the City of Glendale directly since 2006, when he was appointed to Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Community Service’s Commission.