By: Scott Cook


Twitter: @JScottCook

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) -- Warwick Mayor, Scott Avedisian, started his day like he has countless times before: with an early-morning ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome a new business to town.

Except, this time the mayor knew going in, it would be his last time speaking on behalf of the city.

"Thank you for all the support you've given me the last 18 years,” said Avedisian. “I look forward to the next adventure."

Dozens of reporters and city officials gathered outside of a brand-new Fairfield Inn and Suites Monday morning, to welcome the business to town, while also saying farewell to Warwick Mayor, Scott Avedisian.

Avedisian spent more than 18 years in office. At the time of his first election, he was the city's youngest mayor ever.

"I want to thank Mayor Avedisian for all his hard work in the past years and wish him well in his future endeavors," said incoming interim mayor, Joseph Solomon.

Avedisian fought to develop Warwick as the 'Gateway to Rhode Island' by building a train station and the City Centre. This morning's ribbon cutting was a fitting way to send him off.

“When I ran for office back in 2000, I talked about some of the [economic] things I wanted to do. And this is the perfect fit for the last full day in office," he said.

Avedisian says he's looking forward to his next job as CEO of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, but says there is one thing he will absolutely miss about being mayor.

"The people," Avedisian explained. "The people of this city are very kind, very generous, always rise to the occasion and do the right thing. I think it's our biggest asset and the thing I will miss the most."

Incoming mayor, Joseph Solomon says there is a lot on his plate and he is looking forward to prioritizing those issues when he takes office tomorrow morning.

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