PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The village of Port Chester held a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Mayor Neil Pagano and the new Board of Trustees.
Pagano's son Michael, an Indiana judge, administered the oath of office. "Several months ago when my dad was deciding whether to throw his hat in the ring, I made him a promise: if he won, I'd fly back home and swear him in," said Michael Pagano. "He won, and I bought a plane ticket."
"Whether as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, as a Green Beret, as president of the Chamber of Commerce, or most recently as the chair of the IDA, he's shown again and again something I've known and taken as a given for nearly 43 years: My father is a natural leader."
Trustees Daniel Brakewood, Gene Ceccarelli, Joseph Kenner, Luis Marino, Gregory Adams and Saverio Terenzi were sworn in individually before a packed room of friends, family and residents.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the board awarded certificates of appreciation to former Mayor Dennis Pilla and former Trustee Bart Didden. The board then made several appointments to various village positions.
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