Monday, January 7, 2019




Local state lawmakers take oaths of office

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt

State Senator Peter Harckham

MID-HUDSON – More state legislators were administered their oaths of office in the Hudson Valley over the weekend.

Newly elected Republican Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R, New Windsor) was sworn in by Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt on Saturday before about 200 people. His message was that bipartisan support will be needed to resolve many of the issues facing the state.

“Whether it’s delivering our fair share from state government to invest in our schools and ease property taxes, or working to solve the heroin epidemic; whether it’s leading the fight against systemic welfare abuse and defending our natural resources or fighting for accountable government, we cannot sit idly by and allow the status quo,” Schmitt said.

New State Senator Peter Harckham, a Mount Kisco Democrat, took the oath of office from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday. Harckham told the audience, people in office need to govern humbly.

“I can’t remember when trash talking started passing for governing and legislation and we need to change the tone and that will start today,” he said.

Re-elected Republican Assemblyman Karl Brabenec of Deerpark also took the ceremonial oath of office, on Saturday. He is now serving in his third two-year term. He pledged to continue fighting for school property tax reform, infrastructure improvements, protecting law enforcement and first responders and supporting the agricultural community in the state.

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