Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine administered the oath of office to Supervisor Yvette Aguiar at the Suffolk Theater on Jan. 1, 2020.

(Updated: Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. )The Town of Riverhead’s inauguration ceremony will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall meeting room, Supervisor Yvette Aguiar announced Wednesday afternoon. In-person attendance at the ceremony will be limited because of the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Seating for in-person guests at the ceremony will be limited and priority will be given to the first 30 people who RSVP to Joann Cannon, Aguiar’s legislative aide, at (631) 727-3200 ext. 655. Cannon said in an interview that masks will be required and social distancing observed.

The ceremony will also be available to be viewed virtually on Channel 22, which is also viewable on the town’s website, or by joining the meeting through this zoom link.  

The inauguration was originally planned for the Suffolk Theater, the press release said. There was no prior announcement made on the scheduling of an inauguration. The town held the ceremony at the Suffolk Theater in January 2020.

Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio (R-Baiting Hollow), a former town board member, will be the master of ceremonies, according to the release.

“I thank assemblywoman Giglio for her willingness to participate in this inauguration ceremony, despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Aguiar said in the release. “There is no one more fitting to serve as our inaugural Master of Ceremony and I know this will be a special day for all of Riverhead.”

Councilman Ken Rothwell and Assessor Laverne Tennenberg will noktake part in the ceremony Sunday, and instead plan a separate ceremony today in the Town Hall meeting room at 1 p.m..

“With rising COVID numbers, we’re keeping things simple,” Rothwell wrote in a text message.

Editor’s note: This article was updated after its original publication with information about a separate swearing-in ceremony for Councilman Ken Rothwell and Assessor Laverne Tennenberg planned for Thursday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: