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Supervisor Linda Puglisi's Swearing-In Ceremony

Release Date: January 18, 2018

Swearing-In Ceremony Speech

By Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi

January 7, 2018   



            Happy New Year! Thank you all for being here today for our Swearing-In Ceremony.  I congratulate my colleagues who also are being sworn in today: 


Jim Creighton, Councilmember

Debra Costello, Councilmember

Mary Breining, Receiver of Taxes

Laroue Rose Shatzkin, Town Clerk

Kimberly Ragazzo, Town Justice


It’s always so important for us to have our families, friends, colleagues and supporters present for this important event.


            This is Deb Costello’s second four-year term, Jim Creighton’s first four-year term, Laroue Shatzkins’ first four-year term, Mary Breining’s fifth four-year term,  Kimberly Ragazzo’s first four-year term and she is the first woman town justice in Cortlandt’s history.  This is my fourteenth two-year term as Supervisor, also I served for one term as a town Councilmember and I am the second woman Supervisor in our town’s history.  The first was Muriel Morabito in the 1970’s. 


            Each one of them is very important to our government and joins our other elected officials:  Frank Farrell and Richard Becker on the town board and Dan McCarthy, our other town justice.


            We thank all of the participants who made our ceremony so special: 

  • Oliver and Jeremy Tam (grandsons of Supervisor Puglisi) who led us in the pledge to the flag.
  • The Hendrick Hudson “Treble Makers” and Director Amelia Bisaccia who sang the National Anthem.
  • The Van Cortlandt Girl Scout Troop #2426 and leader Jen Hayes, who sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”
  • Emily Fareed who sang “America the Beautiful”.
  • Supervisor’s office staff for coordinating this lovely event.


(Please view our ceremony on the town’s website at


Linda Puglisi’s Speech:


            First of all I am truly humbled to once again have the trust and support from our Cortlandt community to continue serving as our Town Supervisor.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Supervisor.


            Cortlandt is such a wonderful community with 42,000 terrific and caring people.  I always say the best part of being Supervisor is to meet and talk to our residents of all ages – be it at our Senior Citizen functions, to our many civic organizations and volunteers, to our youth at their events, activities, at schools or when they come in for tours of our lovely town hall.  Also, I thoroughly enjoy working with our Veterans and with our very active Veteran’s Committee, chaired by Willy Nazario.  I like to say “our veterans fought for us and now we must fight for them.”  I am proud Cortlandt always fulfills that pledge.  My late Father was a WWII Marine and told my sisters and I to do our best to honor our Veterans.  I have always tried my best to live up to that request.  My Father has been my inspiration in working with and helping our Veterans.


            Cortlandt is a family oriented community and I am so very proud of my family who joined me at this ceremony:  my daughter Allison (Ali) Tam and her husband Thomas Tam.  They are both attorneys and Ali is a partner in her New York City firm; my grandsons Oliver and Jeremy – sons of Ali and Tom – I adore them very much, my son Jeffrey and his wife Oonagh.  Jeff is a doctor in Connecticut and Oonagh has an important position in a large corporation and works in the philanthropy field. My sister Cindy is here today and works in the area at Boces.  She is also my good friend. My children always tell me growing up in Cortlandt was a wonderful experience that offered them many opportunities which have helped them throughout their lives.


            I also want to thank all of our emergency service providers.  They take care of us and protect our families.  I thank all of our volunteers in our community at every level and in every group.  My gratitude to our town employees - each one of them has an important role in our government – I call it a large family and I told them recently at a holiday event that it wasn’t just me and the others that were elected in November, but all of them, as well! 


            We are one town, united with one goal, to always improve the quality of life for our wonderful community.  Together we will meet every challenge.


            Cortlandt is not just a place, it is Home!  Thank you all!


Linda Puglisi

Supervisor Town of Cortlandt