Avedisian marks last day as mayor of Warwick

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian talked to NBC 10 News on his last day in office, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (WJAR)

After nearly two decades as mayor of Warwick, Scott Avedisian is stepping down Tuesday.

The mayor explained his feelings as bittersweet walking into City Hall, the same building he's been working in since his start on the City Council in 1991.

"It was weird to think that was the last time I'd be coming in here, but there have been a lot of wonderful things I've gotten done," Avedisian told NBC 10 News.

But he said it's time for a change and this was the best opportunity. The mayor will be leaving to take a top spot at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority starting June 1.

Reflecting on his tenure, Avedisian said he was pleased to be able to accomplish many of the projects and ideas that formed his very first mayoral campaign upon 18 years ago.

The Apponaug road project, the airport expansion and international flights, and the preservation of Rocky Point are all things that he said were truly a collective effort.

The mayor said he's confident the city will continue to thrive. He stands by the decision for the city to apply fees to city beaches.

The mayor went said his goal has always been to preserve the quality of life for its residents and to keep Warwick what makes it Warwick.

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