Inauguration ceremonies for newly elected Riverhead Town officials will take place on Friday, Jan. 1 at Riverhead Town Hall, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said. Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m.
Walter will be sworn in to his fourth two-year term of office as town supervisor — and as the only supervisor in memory elected after running only on a minority party line. A registered Republican, Walter did not win his party’s nomination in a close, bitterly fought primary election, and opted to run on the Conservative line in a three-way race that pitted him against Republican Jodi Giglio, a sitting councilwoman in the middle of her second four-year term, and Democrat Anthony Coates, Walter’s former political advisor.
Also being sworn in on Friday will be council members James Wooten, who was elected to his third four-year term in November after fighting to gain his nomination in a primary election, and Tim Hubbard, a newcomer. With Hubbard’s inauguration, a majority of the five-person town board will be retired Riverhead police officers; Wooten and Councilman John Dunleavy are also retired Riverhead cops.
Other town officials being sworn in on Friday morning: town clerk Diane Wilhelm; assessors Mason Haas and Paul Leszczynski; town justice Lori Hulse; and receiver of taxes Laurie Zaneski.
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