COLONIE – Elected town officials were formally sworn into office during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Supervisor Paula Mahan took the oath of office administered by Albany County Family Court Judge Margaret T. Walsh while her husband, Joe, held the bible. In November, Mahan won a sixth term by beating Republican Frank Mauriello.
Returning board members Republican David Green and Democrat Linda Murphy were administered the oath by Colonie Senior Judge Peter Crummey and Walsh, respectively. Newcomer, Melissa Jeffers Von Dollen was sworn in by state Appellate Division Judge Michael Lynch.
After the ceremony, which was delayed 30 minutes by the snow storm, Murphy was named deputy supervisor, a position held by David Rowley, a registered independent who opted to not run for another term on the Town Board.
Julie Gansle, a Republican who will replace the retiring Elizabeth DelTorto as town clerk, was sworn in by Crummey. The former clerk of the town’s justice court, beat Alison McLean Lane in November.
Crummey also issued the oath to Michele Zilgme, who ran unopposed for another term as receiver of taxes.
Two returning town judges ran unopposed, Norman Massry and Andrew Sommers, and were sworn in by Crummey.
See our print edition for a list of appointments made and other business conducted at the annual organizational meeting of the Town Board.
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