Hillary Clinton Administers Oaths for New Castle Officials

Supervisor, councilman, councilwoman and town justice sworn in front of large crowd at town hall.

Hillary Clinton administers the oath of office to Supervisor Rob Greenstein.
Hillary Clinton administers the oath of office to Supervisor Rob Greenstein.
(This story was originally published on January 23, 2014 and has been updated)

New Castle town officials took their oaths of office Wednesday evening, with Hillary Clinton administering for each of them.

The former secretary of state and United States senator administered the oaths to Rob Greenstein for supervisor, to Lisa Katz and Adam Brodsky for their town board seats, and to Noah Sorkin for town justice. Each of the officials gave speeches following the oaths.

Clinton, who is one of the town's most prominent residents, was joined by Congresswoman Nita Lowey, whose district includes New Castle. Several local officials were in attendance for what was a packed crowd at town hall in Chappaqua. They included fellow town board members Jason Chapin and Elise Kessler Mottel; former Supervisor Janet Wells; former Councilman John Buckley; Chappaqua school board members Jeffrey Mester and Warren Messner; Chappaqua school district Superintendent Lyn McKay and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Eric Byrne; members of the Millwood Task Force; and current and former New Castle planning board members. Several town officials were present, including Town Administrator Jill Shapiro, Town Clerk Mary Deems, Town Attorney Nick Ward-Willis, New Castle police officers, and Chappaqua and Millwood firefighters, the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CVAC) and the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps (OVAC).

A color guard with local firefighters stood and faced the audience before the ceremony started and remained for the service.

The inauguration is a ceremonial one. All of the town officials involved told Patch that they previously took oaths, which were their official ones, and signed documents.

In her remarks, Hillary Clinton talked about the transition of power. She recalled taking a trip to Asia as secretary of state and being asked about how she could work with Barack Obama after having run a "hard race" against him. Providing context for that sort of question, she realized how in most the world running against a person can mean being imprisoned, sent to exile or killed instead of being asked to join their cabinet. 

After taking their oaths, the town officials gave thanks and spoke favorably of the community.

“Every resident, every neighbor counts," said Greenstein after taking his oath.

“You put your faith in me,” Katz said, referring to the town's voters.

“This is your town hall,” Brodsky said, noting that there will be an open door. 

Sorkin plans to emulate, in some aspects, fellow Town Justice Douglas Kraus and former Town Justice David Zuckerman, whom Sorkin replaced in 2013 after he was elected to Westchester County's court.

Kimber Frank January 22, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Very nice. So sorry to have missed it. Well done everyone. Looking forward to New Castle Changes and to Team New Castle! Cheers!
Bob Coulombe January 23, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Cannot tell from Photo but hope Millwood Fire was invited. A lovely gesture by former Secretary of State and a great neighbor. Bob Coulombe
Tom Auchterlonie (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Bob, both the Chappaqua and Millwood fire departments had presences, as did the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Anthony January 23, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Wow New Castle ! - Having your oath of office administered by an ex-secretary of state who lied to our nation and also under oath about Benghazi must really be an honor.
Theresa Flora January 23, 2014 at 02:51 PM
A do-nothing Senator and a disgraceful Sec of State. Why is the Left fawning over this woman?
Bob Coulombe January 23, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Thanks Tom. I am sure it was a lovely evening. I hope this new group brings much good to New Castle. Secretary of State Clinton has never missed a Memorial Day Service and has been a true good citizen. I hope we see her this Memorial Day when the Town presents to the family of SSgt Kyu Chay the official State Dedication of the Bridge in his honor. She was a keynote at his Memorial Service when we brought him home from Afghanistan and her presence would be a wonderful gesture to this family and the Town of New Castle, his home. Lt. Col. NY Guard (Ret.) Bob Coulombe
Anthony January 23, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Today marks the one year anniversary of Secretary Clinton's "what difference -at this point does it make" , comment on the Murders of 4 dedicated Americans on her watch. The difference is that none of the dead were her son,daughter, husband, brother or family member. Not one single finger was lifted by her in order to save their lives. To have a retired military officer laud her is sickening .
Bob Coulombe January 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Anthony. Take the TIME to learn the complete context of her appearance at that alleged hearing and in what context she made that comment. Then instead of spouting off implying she had no care whatsoever about the loss of these Americans you would know what a true patriot she is and how much she cared about the loss of these people. That hearing was a witch hunt and not a word she could have said would have stopped the twisting and turning by the Republicans to put her in a bad light. They were murdered by Al Quaida or an affliate group premeditatedly. The State Department could not have stopped it, was deeply hurt by the loss of their colleagues and the politics of the Republican Party cannot change that. I laud citizens who I know support our Country and do not spend their energies denigrating and insulting the Officials of our Government for their own political agendas. I will fight for your right to your freedoms but that does not mean I respect and condone your misunderstanding the truth of what happened in Bengazi. Lt. Col. Bob Coulombe
Juliarose Coulombe January 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM
"I will fight for your right to your freedoms but that does not mean I respect and condone your misunderstanding the truth of what happened in Bengazi. Lt. Col. Bob Coulombe" Very well said. People will hear and see what they want and that was exactly the case with Bengazi. To say that Hillary didn't care is simply asinine. She is human after all. Weather you agree with her politics or not can you honestly think she didn't care? And to say not one single finger was lifted? Mistakes happen, in every job. Yes- mistakes that take lives. Do you think she would not have changed what happened if she could? Anthony- What gives you any indication that she is the cold blooded, evil human you seem to paint the picture of her being? Politics should not be about bashing one another with false claims. It's no wonder change is so slow in this country….
Theresa Flora January 24, 2014 at 06:12 AM
Please. This is disrespectful to the brave men who died in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton has their blood on her hands. Don't try to spin this with lame excuses. And yes Anthony, it's disheartening to see a retired service member praise her. Disheartening and disgraceful.
Anthony January 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Col & Juliarose, I am a veteran who has and will always defend our Country and our Constitution. I have also taken the "Time" to obtain the complete facts regarding former Secretary of State Clinton's and the President's actions or lack thereof regarding Benghazi. Strange that you state that the Benghazi attack was made by "Al-Quaida or an affiliate group," when Mrs. Clinton insisted that the attack was the work of a mob who were upset by a documentary film. She made those statements when the coffins of the 4 dead Americans were received at Dover AFB in front of their families. I never brought politics into my comments, but it appears that when liberals like yourselves have no other answer to justify their positions, they go on the attack. I never said that Hilary Clinton was a cold-blooded, evil, human being, you said that Juliarose. I would suggest that prior to you both launching attacks on those who have differing opinions, that you obtain the facts. Here is a timeline of the events leading up to, during, and post the Beghazi attack. These facts are indisputable. Just read the timelines without imparting your political beliefs and perhaps your eyes will be opened. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/benghazi-scandal-grows_722032.html?page=1#


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