What can one say about Mayor Karen Majewski’s 16 years in office?
It’s been an amazing run, and Majewski has a lot to be proud of her time in office. She restored integrity to the job when it was sorely needed, and represented Hamtramck so well in the public.
She also had to chair a number of city council meetings where past members completely went off the rails, sometimes for no apparent reason. She managed to weather those storms well.
Folks, it’s not easy chairing those meetings.
It’s a shame that she’s not leaving office on her own terms.
It’s also a shame that she was smeared with lies and distortions. Majewski did not deserve that treatment.
Instead of hearing solid and specific plans on how things can be done better, voters were presented with vague promises of “change” by her challenger.
We have no idea what such “change” means, other than, we suspect, there are no plans or ideas. Instead, it’s likely change for the sake of change, which sometimes is what voters want.
Nonetheless, we are rooting for Hamtramck and its future. We wish the new mayor all the success in the world because if he is successful, Hamtramck will be better for it.
To Mayor Majewski, we say thank you for making Hamtramck a better place in which to live, and thank you for the countless other things that you did behind the scenes.
Under her tenure, Hamtramck has made significant progress in: replacing the city’s aging water and sewer lines; rebuilding key roads; repaving alleys; replacing hundreds of lead water service lines; improving our parks; keeping the community informed each week about the Covid pandemic’s effect on the city, and the many programs created to help residents financially through this trying time; and streamlining city government.
We could go on. It’s a shame, though, that her record of steady leadership was not fully appreciated by voters.
Hamtramck is now likely poised to get a piece of the federal infrastructure funding that was recently passed by Congress — which the city desperately needs.
Being mayor is oftentimes a thankless job. And, sometimes, the longer one stays in elected office, the more enemies than friends one ends up making. It takes a special kind of strength to handle the job. Majewski surpassed those expectations.
We wish her the best of luck in her new chapter in life – and know that she will be missed.
Posted Nov. 12, 2021