NEWARK - Former Newark council president Luis Quintana has been sworn in as the first Latino mayor of New Jersey's largest city.

Quintana will fill out the unexpired term of Cory Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month and was sworn in Thursday.

Quintana is now the first Latino mayor in the city's 300-year history. Newark's next mayoral election takes place in May.

“I am proud to be the gatekeeper to the next administration and to help the residents of the City that I love,” Mayor Quintana said in a news release. “For many years, I have served our residents, and I hear the hue and cry in the streets of our City to reduce crime and unify our people, and I will work to do that.”

On Monday morning, Newark's city council unanimously chose Quintana to serve as mayor and he took the oath of office in council chambers. Quintana will serve until July 1, 2014, when former Mayor Booker’s term expires.

He automatically became acting mayor when Booker's resignation took effect, but now that designation has been removed.

The 53-year-old Quintana is a native of Puerto Rico who moved to Newark with his family at age eight. He had served on the city council since 1994.