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Mayor Francis G. Slay Bids Adieu
Mayor Francis G Slay
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 17, 2017 - Mayor Francis G. Slay, accompanied by his son, Francis, Jr., and his wife, Kim, spoke to members of his cabinet and City Hall staff following the unveiling of his official portrait outside Room 200.

"It's been a true honor to represent this city and represent the people of St. Louis," he began quietly. "I was blessed with a team who were on the job and dedicated. They got things done. They were reliable, supportive and very collaborative with other parts of city government, other government agencies and non-profits and people in the community."

Looking around, Mayor Slay continued a bit emotional, "I'm going to miss this job. But most of all, I'm going to miss the people I had an opportunity to work with all these years. I believe, that on behalf of all the people who are here today and many who aren't, that St. Louis is a better place than it was sixteen years ago." After a round of applause, Slay noted that he will continue to work downtown as an attorney for a KC-based law firm.

Lyda Krewson Becomes First Woman Mayor of St. Louis in Historic Election
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 5, 2017 - The City of St. Louis elected its first mayor, William Carr Lane, on April 7, 1823. One hundred and ninety-four years later, the city elected its first woman mayor, Lyda Krewson.

"It is nice to make history and break that glass ceiling," Mayor Krewson told enthusiastic supporters who gathered at the Norman K. Probstein for the celebration. Mayor Krewson (age 64) noted the historic moment in her remarks that on the same day, April 4, 1887, the first woman mayor of a mayor US city was elected, Susanna Madora Salter (age 27), mayor of Argonia, Kansas. Krewson easily won 67.54% of the vote.

A noted on her campaign web site:
Krewson ran on a platform of a common-sense approach to fighting crime. She served as the City's 28th Ward Alderman, since 1997. As Alderman, Krewson has worked closely with neighbors to resolve neighborhood problems, reduce crime, consider development proposals, and always to balance the interests of residents and businesses

In 1995 Lyda's husband, Jeff Krewson, was tragically murdered in a random attempted carjacking in front of their CWE row house. With the support of family, friends, and many great neighbors, Lyda continued to raise her 2 kids there. In 1998, Lyda married Mike Owens.

Krewson worked on a comprehensive smoking ban and the state's concealed carry statutes. She led the way on modernizing city government as the first alderman to support across-the-board charter reform. Lyda also played a key role in the successful effort to reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen from 28 to 14.

Krewson sponsored legislation that placed restrictions on scrap metal trafficking, implemented the REAL Change Program in the CWE to help reduce panhandling and instead encourage social services, and limits on the use of "dark money" in municipal elections.

Since Missouri is the only state without a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), Krewson recently worked with St Louis County to establish a joint PDMP to address our region's growing opioid problem.

Krewson was instrumental in bringing the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever together in an unusual $130 million public/private partnership to secure 30 years of funding and maintenance for Forest Park. She has also invested in street improvements to make neighborhoods more accessible for walkers and bike riders, planted over 1500 trees, sponsored the 'doggie dining' bill, and spearheaded the Sunflower+ Program.

Krewson is the Chairman of the Transportation & Commerce Committee, and serves on the Airport Commission and Port Authority. She previously served as the chairman of Ways & Means, Convention & Tourism, and Parks & Environment committees. She is a CPA and the Chief Financial Officer of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. (PGAV) - an international design and planning firm.

"There are many very important priorities for the next mayor, but job number one is making our neighborhoods safer and reducing violent crime," Krewson said.

"On my very first day in office, I will convene a task force from the Police, Health, Social Services, Corrections and Recreation Departments; along with prosecutors, judges, and neighborhood activists. And I will keep them in session until we stem the tide of violent crime and return a sense of safety to every neighborhood in our city."


Prop 1 Will Propel our City Forward; Capitalize on Our Momentum
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 5, 2017 - Following the election results of Proposition 1, City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay issued the following statement:

"Proposition 1 will help propel St. Louis forward and capitalize on our momentum by investing in the people and places of our City.

"Tuesday's vote shows that our residents support a holistic approach to urban revitalization and solutions to racial inequity, joblessness, crime and blight. Proposition 1 will allow St. Louis to expand its MetroLink to better connect residents with jobs, amenities, opportunities, healthcare, and educational facilities. Light rail's full economic development potential will be harnessed by a strategy that includes innovative approaches to neighborhood and workforce development, as well as investments in public safety and infrastructure.

"I am very proud to be your Mayor. I am even prouder to leave Lyda Krewson tremendous tools to continue the momentum of the City of St. Louis."

Mayor Slay also offered the following statement on Proposition 2:

"I first want to thank the SC STL ownership group that formed a formidable front to entice a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis. They have been from the beginning very bullish on the strengths of our City and committed to investing $255 million of their own money not only in a new stadium and new team, but also in the people of St. Louis through a Community Benefits Agreement. I share their disappointment; however, I hope that this is not the end of conversations about how St. Louis becomes a MLS city."


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