It was standing room only at the Holyoke City Hall Auditorium for Monday morning's swearing in ceremony. I arrived right at 10:00 thinking my timing was perfect only to find every seat taken, and then some.
As you would expect the place was brimming with Holyoke politicos, and the families of those taking the oath of office. Elaine Pluta became Holyoke's first female Mayor. You can read her entire inaugural address here.
It was nice to see some fresh faces added to the mix on the City Council, and School Committee. Jon Lumbra became Holyoke's first new Treasurer in 22 years.
City Clerk Susan Egan swore in three new Holyoke City Councilors. At-Large members Brenna Murphy, Aaron Vega, and Ward 5 Councilor Linda Vacon.
On the School Committee Devin Sheehan replaced Mary Plant who decided not to run again. She served on the School Committee for 22 years. Cesar Lopez replaced Barry Conway who failed get enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot. Barry died on Dec 6 after a long illness. He served for 26 years.
The School Committee will have an organizational meeting Tuesday at Dean Tech, 7:00 PM to elect a Vice Chair, and the City Council will meet Tuesday at 7:30 PM for the first session of the 2010 Council. Before taking up regular business they will elect a Council President.
Congratulations, and good luck to all our elected officials.
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