Councilmen Brad Bender and Stanley Glinka were sworn into office during a ceremony at Southampton Town Hall, which included bagpipe players and an appearance by the Shinnecock tribal leaders. Bender, who ran with Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst on the Democratic ticket, and Glinka, a Republican, won election in November.
Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, presided over Throne-Holst's oath of office for the fourth time. She has already served the town for six years, and won re-election over former town supervisor Linda Kabot.
Bender said he felt the town board would be "turning a new page" in 2014. "We're going to be able to do do some good things for the Town of Southampton," he said.
Glinka thanked his family, friends, and co-workers from Bridgehampton National Bank for their encouragement to seek office. "I look forward to serving you as your next Southampton Town Councilman.
Throne-Holst said the leaders are in "a timely position to move Southampton forward in ways we have been a bit stymied in the past few years." She said there would be a focus on infrastructure, which has grown increasingly inefficient. "The list is dizzyingly long," she said.
Newcomers to the Southampton Town Trustees, Scott M. Horowitz and Raymond B. Overton were also sworn in during the Town Hall ceremony.
Incumbent trustees William (Bill) Pell IV and Eric Shultz also took their oaths of office in front of the large crowd. Edward Warner Jr. was absent, as he was attending to a family emergency, according to Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone. He had already been sworn in, according to Southampton Town Clerk Sundy A. Schermeyer.
Schermeyer, who ran unopposed for another term, was also sworn in with her 95-year-old grandfather by her side.
Southampton Town Justices Deborah Kooperstein and Barbara Wilson, who were cross endorsed in November, also took their oaths for another term.