Newly-elected representatives and judges take oath of office

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January 6, 2012
by Christine Yeres

A full crowd at town hall chatted and noshed as they waited for U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey to arrive from Albany to swear in new Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter, re-elected Deputy Supervisor Elise Mottel, town councilman Jason Chapin, re-elected town justices Douglas Kraus and David Zuckerman and County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz.  Lowey as emcee was worth the wait—still beaming after a day that had begun with her attendance at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “State of the State” address at 1:30 that afternoon in Albany and eager to usher into office New Castle’s town board members and justices.

Lowey began by recommending that the audience listen to the governor’s speech on New York’s economy, jobs and future.  She administered the oath of office first to Mike Kaplowitz, who joked, when she praised him, that he felt as though he was at his bar mitzvah.  For each of the officials, Lowey paused after the “I…” and looked expectantly, to hint that they should supply their names; and each then did, as though surprised by the need.  By the time Lowey got to Supervisor Susan Carpenter, the last one to take her oath, Carpenter supplied her name promptly, without the prompt.

Republican opponents from November’s election—Bob Kirkwood, Rich Diefenbach and Kevin Moore—and independent Rob Greenstein attended the ceremony. School board members Randy Katchis and Karen Visser were also present, as were many members of the volunteer boards and advisory committees.

Past supervisors Polly Kuhn, Clinton Smith, Jan Wells and Barbara Gerrard posed with Susan Carpenter for a supervisors-past-and-present photo.  See more photos below.


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