Riverhead Town Hall. File photo: Alek Lewis

Supervisor-elect Tim Hubbard and other newly elected town officials will be sworn in on New Year’s Day during ceremonies at Riverhead Town Hall.

The event is open to the public, according to a press release issued by Supervisor Yvette Aguiar Thursday. In addition to in-person attendance, the public may view the inauguration ceremony online at the town’s website or on Optimum Cable channel 22, as well as through Zoom.

Hubbard, of Aquebogue, will take office as the Town of Riverhead’s 64th supervisor. A two-term Republican council member and retired Riverhead Police detective, Hubbard was elected in November with 59% of the votes case, leading a Republican sweep.

Denise Merrifield and Joann Waski will be sworn in as council members. James Wooten, a former three-term council member, will be sworn in as town clerk. 

Three elected officials who were re-elected in uncontested races will also take the oath of office: Assessor Meredith Lipinsky, Assessor Dána Brown, Receiver of Taxes Laurie Zaneski, and Town Justice Lori Hulse.

View final election results here

The swearing-in ceremonies are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the Town Hall meeting room. Riverhead Town Hall is located at 4 West Second Street.

Although the town will have a new supervisor in 2024, the staff in the supervisor’s office is expected to stay the same. Hubbard said at a recent Town Board meeting that all of the current supervisor’s staff have agreed to continue in their jobs, including Deputy Supervisor Devon Higgins, who has held the job for almost the entirety of Aguiar’s two terms.

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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: alek@riverheadlocal.com