Mayor Joe Riley may be modest in stature, but he is a giant of a man.
It does not take long to recognize his love for his city, his forward-thinking nature and his compassion for people.
Over the years, Mayor Riley has not demanded respect, but has overwhelmingly earned it through his actions. He revitalized a city, turning a quiet sea-port town into an international destination with a bustling economy, abounding with cultural amenities. While many played a part, it has always been Mayor Riley at the helm, setting examples for all of us to follow.
Mayor Riley is unequivocally one of the greatest mayors in the United States, and I truly believe that my life has been enriched by knowing the mayor, my friend, Joe.