City water plant, economic growth top Andre Pierre's agenda after victorious grassroots mayoral campaign in North Miami
Engineer turned immigration attorney Andre Pierre is stepping into yet another new role as mayor of North Miami.
After eight months of running a grass-roots campaign that helped him win the seat in a runoff June 30, the Haitian-born mayor is tackling a budget with fewer dollars and setting a new direction of less politics and more action, he said.
"We have a good team... we've just got to put all the pieces together to make sure we can get it done."
The 40-year-old is addressing issues of serious concern to the city's diverse community, including obtaining funding for a new water plant, assisting homeowners facing foreclosure and reducing crime in North Miami's neighborhoods.
He also plans to steer North Miami's Community Redevelopment Agency — which some North Miamians say has done little redevelopment — into a new, more productive path.
Another priority is to attract more businesses, he said, such as auto dealerships, law firms and factories to drive the city's economic development.
Mr. Pierre discussed his priorities and plans with Miami Today staff writer Yudislaidy Fernandez at his offices in North Miami City Hall.
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