OLD LYME — More than 70 people showed up Sunday (Nov. 19) to witness the swearing-in of Old Lyme’s newly-elected officials in the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall Meeting Room. It was a warm, sunny afternoon and the meeting room was appropriately decorated for the event.
Old Lyme Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz normally reads the Oath to all the candidates-elect, but on this occasion, Connecticut’s Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz was in attendance to swear in Old Lyme First Selectwoman-elect Martha Shoemaker (D). Standing alongside Shoemaker as she took the solemn oath to the Constitution were her husband Scott and sons David, Tim, and Peter.
Urbowicz read the oath of office for the remainder of the incoming officials, asking each one to raise their right hand and swear to uphold their position to the best of their ability.
In opening remarks before she read the oath, Bysiewicz spoke about the brave service of the US Military, who made the right to choose our elected officials possible and asked all veterans present to stand up and be recognized.
Additionally, she honored the families of the elected officials for their support of their civic-minded family member. Bysiewicz concluded that it is no longer about party for these officials, but rather it is about committing to work for the future of Old Lyme.
Asked to comment on how she felt after attending the event, Mary Jo Nosal, Chair of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, said, “ I was moved by the beautiful ceremony and by the Lt. Governor’s comments today. Knowing the newly-sworn in officials as I do, I know that each of them appreciates the sacrifices of our U.S. military and veterans made for the freedoms we Americans hold dear, and that each of our new officials will keep that in mind as they work hard for our town.“
Also sworn in on Sunday were Old Lyme Selectman-elect Jim Lampos (D), Treasurer-elect Matthew Ward (U but R-endorsed), Regional Board of Education members-elect Alexander Lowry (D), W. Scott Brown (D), and Susan Fogliano (D).
Urbowicz noted that Selectman-elect Judith Read (R), who was not present at the ceremony, had been sworn in earlier.
Republican-endorsed candidate-elect Brian Cole was also sworn in on Sunday joining Ward as the R-endorsed candidates present at the ceremony.
Editor’s Note: This article was prepared with information received from a variety of people, who attended the ceremony.