York City Mayor Kim Bracey found inspiration for her second inaugural speech in an odd place.

On a wall of the Rex/Laurel fire station, built on South Duke Street in 1888, there's a Latin phrase that means "Let us be judged by our acts."

That philosophy emerged a common thread in Bracey's address, which she delivered after being sworn in Monday for a second four-year term in the mayor's office.

Bracey, a Democrat, is York's first black mayor and second woman to hold the office. She was first elected in 2010 and earned a second term in November's election.

In her address Monday, Bracey listed the administration's accomplishments of its first four years.


She highlighted financial belt-tightening, efforts to collect donations from tax-exempt properties and the city's campaign to collect overdue sewer and refuse fees.

For the past two years, she said, the city has spared its residents a property-tax increase.

She said crime is down, and community policing is working. Bracey talked about economic development projects, the city's downtown renaissance and efforts to improve pedestrian- and bicycle-friendliness.

But the work is unfinished -- not only because Bracey wants an Indian restaurant downtown.

"We are on the cusp of something special," she said.

She urged students in the audience to stay in school so they can become the city's next generation of leaders.

"Too often politicians think of the next election when we really should think of the next generation," she said.

The mayor highlighted York's diversity of religions and sexual orientations, "and I wouldn't have it any other way," a statement that earned applause.

Bracey repeatedly asked for help from her supporters in the audience to move York forward through the next four years.

"We can and we must do better," she said. "City government cannot and should not do this alone."

-- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.