On Monday, December 13, State Representative and Revere Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino gave her farewell speech as her final term as Councilor-at-Large came to an end. Giannino spoke during Monday night’s meeting on this milestone:
“Tonight marks for me a bittersweet end to a decade of public service on the Revere City Council. Over the last 10 years, I have had the honor to serve alongside multiple mayors, state representatives, senators and so many wonderful colleagues, some including Bob Haas and Richie Penta, who sadly are no longer with us. I want to thank my colleagues who I am currently serving with and who I have served with in the past, including my dear friend Charlie Patch. I am so proud of what I have accomplished in this time. Since my first election in 2011, I watched Suffolk Downs grow and develop from a casino to the mixed-use community it has become. This project along with so many others I have had the pleasure to work on will transform what the city will look like for the next generation. On the council, I have had the distinct honor to serve as Council Vice President and President twice. I can honestly say that these years of service have made me a stronger legislator and, more importantly, a better person. This opportunity has given me the ability to work with and help so many people in Revere.
“I have so many people to thank, most importantly the people of this great city who have overwhelmingly supported me and elected me in six general elections and many primaries. Without your support and trust, I wouldn’t be here. I also want to thank the backbone to the City Council and my friend, Ashley Melnick. If it wasn’t for her knowledge and guidance as City Clerk over the last 10 years, I wouldn’t have been able to do it – none of us could. Finally, to my supporters, friends and family, thank you. Since I first made this decision, my father and my grandparents have been by my side every step of the way. Without their love and support at home I wouldn’t have made it through. To my grandmother Joann “Googie” Giannino – my campaign manager, my treasurer and my rock – thank you.
“Tonight is not an end, but a beginning of a new chapter for me as the State Representative for this city that I love so much. Although my service in this role is ending, my service as your State Representative is just beginning. I have spent the last year at the State House building relationships and working on legislation that will continue to move Revere forward. I look forward to many more years of service in my home, the city of Revere.”