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Guilderland elected officials sworn in

Democrats thank supporters, say they’re glad to continue serving town

From left, Town Justices Richard Sherwood and Denise Randall, Councilman Paul Pastore, Supervisor Ken Runion, Councilwoman Patricia Slavick and Town Clerk Jean Cataldo, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Receiver of Taxes Lynne Buchanan were sworn in at Guilderland Town Hall on New Year’s Eve. Tkaczyk joined local lawmakers for the ceremony.

From left, Town Justices Richard Sherwood and Denise Randall, Councilman Paul Pastore, Supervisor Ken Runion, Councilwoman Patricia Slavick and Town Clerk Jean Cataldo, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Receiver of Taxes Lynne Buchanan were sworn in at Guilderland Town Hall on New Year’s Eve. Tkaczyk joined local lawmakers for the ceremony. Photo by John Purcell.

— Fellow board member Pastore is beginning his third term, and he said its an “honor and privilege” to continue serving the town.

“Thank you for the vote of support and confidence from the residents of the town,” Pastore said, “and for all those who have helped in my campaign and the campaign of these newly elected and reelected officials.”

Cataldo, who is leaving her post as receiver of taxes to become town clerk, secured the position she originally ran for in 1999.

“I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to serve our town in this new capacity,” Cataldo said.

Buchanan, who served as deputy receiver of taxes, said she “truly appreciated the challenge” ahead of her as receiver of taxes.

Randall retained her seat as town justice, and Sherwood — formerly the town attorney — secured the newly created town justice position, with the town now having three judges. Randall said the new town justice seat was needed because its court is the third busiest local criminal court in Albany County.

“The third judge position, of course, will help us deal with the crushing caseload,” Randall said. “In 2014 and beyond, we will dedicate ourselves to providing a fair and impartial tribunal to everybody who appears in our court room. We‘ll dedicate ourselves to the rule law and justice.”

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk joined the ceremony and told local officials they have a partner in the state Legislature.

“I want to work with the local towns in my district closely, so that we can help you in whatever way you need us to,” Tkaczyk said. “When we work together, our towns function better, are more efficient and our taxpayers benefit.”

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