The new City Council has been sworn it. I have my fingers crossed that this new bunch will tackle the really important issues facing our community – income inequality and services for citizens having the most trouble getting by, and not spend too much time on chicken ordinances, parking, car-free environments, bike lanes, and other Bloomberg-type issues that are just fine but primarily the concerns of gentrification and important only for the elite. Now, with a Democratic sweep, I’m hoping that the new council will join together to speak for those whose voices are the quietest in politics and public affairs and make those issues a priority. I hope they understand the needs of so many – like being dependent on cars to drive to stores with affordable merchandise or for some, wanting a local CVS to shop at because they are unable to drive to Fishkill or Newburgh. Let’s hope in this New Year that the Council makes it a priority to help Beacon residents in need. Everyone will benefit.