Mayor Miro Weinberger was elected on March 6, 2012 and, during his almost three years thus far as Mayor, has focused on getting the City’s finances in order, getting stuck and stalled projects moving again, making Burlington more affordable, and rebuilding trust in City Hall.
Under Mayor Weinberger’s leadership, the City has made considerable progress. Highlights of his first term include securing 72% passage of the $9 million Fiscal Stability Bond in November 2012, making significant improvements to the Burlington Bike Path, prioritizing renovations and upgrades of parks around the City through the voter-approved Penny For Parks funding program, creating the Public Investment Action Plan which led to successful passage of the slate of waterfront investments on the Town Meeting Day March 2014 ballot, passing multiple measures to increase downtown housing opportunities, and building the City’s senior management team with dynamic and effective leaders. The Mayor also announced a settlement agreement in the Burlington Telecom litigation in February 2014, putting the City on a path to resolving the financial troubles related to the municipally owned telecommunications company which have plagued the City since 2009. After years of hard work, Citibank’s lawsuit over Burlington Telecom was dismissed during the first days of January 2015, definitively ending a long and unfortunate chapter in the City’s history, protecting taxpayers from any further harm, and saving a public utility from destruction. Now in the last months of his three-year term, the Mayor continues his focus on housing, economic growth, quality-of-life improvements, and anti-poverty efforts.
Mayor Weinberger, the son of a schoolteacher and an architect, was born and raised in Hartland, Vermont. He left the state for college, worked in Washington, DC for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and on the reelection campaign for Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA), worked for Habitat for Humanity in Georgia and Florida and the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York. He earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Kennedy School of Government.
In 2002, Miro returned home to Vermont and co-founded the Hartland Group, a Burlington-based real estate development and consulting company focused on neighborhood development. In less than nine years, the Hartland Group built over 200 affordable and market rate homes in Vermont and New Hampshire, consisting of over $40 million of development. The Hartland Group’s development work has won both smart growth and green building awards, LEED certifications, and has involved the clean up of environmentally contaminated sites.
Miro’s previous professional work included three and a half years with the Greyston Foundation, an award-winning community development organization in southwest Yonkers, and a short stint as a sports writing intern for the Boston Globe.
Prior to being elected Mayor, Miro had been active in the Burlington community. He served on the Burlington Airport Commission for nine years, as board president of the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, a drug addiction recovery organization, and on the board of the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.
Miro met Stacy Sherwat while dropping off a friend’s child in a pre-school classroom where Stacy was teaching. They married in 2000 and now are the parents of third grader Li Lin Bess Weinberger and one-year-old Ada Champlain Weinberger.