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Newly sworn in Miami-Dade mayor plans to tackle 'big-picture changes'

Sworn into his first full term on Tuesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez promised big things from his administration by aiming to lift the county into “the ranks of the world’s leading global cities.”

“We’ve got work to do if we want to be mentioned alongside the New Yorks, the Londons and the Hong Kongs of the world,” Gimenez said. “But I know that we can get there, because we already have so much going for us.”

Gimenez spoke Tuesday morning at a swearing-in ceremony for himself and seven commissioners who were elected in August and November. At a regularly scheduled meeting later Tuesday, the board elected Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, seen as a Gimenez ally, to serve as chairwoman beginning in January. Commissioner Lynda Bell was chosen vice-chairwoman.

The leadership votes in the County Hall commission chambers came after a morning of pomp and circumstance at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay, where the mayor and commissioners took the oath of office surrounded by family, staff and friends. Then they each gave brief remarks.