Virg Bernero

Schor family on stage
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Lansing elected a new mayor in 2017, and Andy Schor will take the oath of office today.

Photos of Virg Bernero, Debbie Mikula, Tony Baltimore, Tim Daman and David Hollister.
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On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.

Virg Bernero photo from CBS News
CBS News

Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.

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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero talked with Morning Edition host Brooke Allen about what's left for him to do before leaving on January 1, 2018. 

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Lansing mayor-elect and State Rep. Andy Schor talked with Brooke Allen on WKAR's "Morning Edition" on November 8, 2017.