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.