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Michelle Wu sworn in as Boston’s first woman elected mayor

Wu was first elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, becoming the first Asian American woman to serve on the council.

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Michelle Wu was sworn in Tuesday as the Boston Mayor-elect.

Wu, a former city councilor and the first woman and person of color to be elected to Boston's top job, spoke about how the city can chart a new path for all to feel welcomed in the city.

"When we connect the power of city government to the force of our neighborhoods and communities, we see how much is possible for our city. City government is special. We are the level closest to the people, so we must do the big and the small. Every street light, every pothole, every park, every classroom lays the foundation for greater change. Not only is it possible for Boston to deliver basic city services and generational change, it is absolutely necessary in this moment," Wu said.

Wu said she will work to get city hall out of city hall and "into our neighborhoods, block by block, street by street."

"We can chart a new path for families now and for generations to come, grounded in justice and opportunity, and we can take steps to raise us all up to that promise together," Wu said.

Among some of the first decisions for Wu will be where to house the people being removed from tents at a Boston intersection and hiring a permanent police commissioner.

Last week, Wu named Dr. Monica Bharel as the new cabinet-level senior advisor to address the intersecting crises of substance use disorders, mental health, public safety and homelessness.

Wu was first elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, becoming the first Asian American woman to serve on the council. She was unanimously chosen by her colleagues to serve as president of City Council in January 2016, becoming the first woman of color to serve as council president — a role she held for two years.

She was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

The mayor of Boston usually takes office in January, along with new city council members. The timeline is different this year because former Mayor Marty Walsh was confirmed as U.S. labor secretary before his term ended.

An inauguration ceremony for Wu will be held in January.