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Miami Commissioner 'Willy' Gort sworn in to fourth term


Reelected Nov. 3 by a wide margin, Miami Commissioner Wifredo "Willy" Gort was sworn in Wednesday to a fourth term in office overseeing Miami's first district.

Gort, a 74-year-old former investment banker, will serve four more years representing Allapattah, Flagami, the city's health district and Grapeland. Miami's charter limits elected officials to two consecutive full terms. Gort served two terms in the 1990s, took a nearly decade-long break after running an unsuccessful mayoral campaign in 2001, and was elected back into office in 2010 after former Commissioner Angel Gonzalez was removed from office due to public corruption charges.

Gort won the Nov. 3 election for District 1 by 11 points.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Army veteran gathered at city hall with family and supporters to launch his (likely) final term on the commission. He said his immediate priorities are to push money into fixing streets and sidewalks in some neglected neighborhoods, and to boost transportation options.

"You walk through the city of Miami and you see all the needs, especially the old neighborhoods," he said. "A lot of streets are in very bad shape."