LAKE GEORGE - Raising his right hand Monday, newly elected Joe Mastrodomenico pledged to defend the U.S. and state constitutions and make decisions on behalf of local citizens to the best of his ability.
His family members in the village hall applauded.
Minutes later after a few routine decisions - the first of his political career - he gave them hugs.
"This is an overwhelming feeling," Mastrodomenico said. "It's a different experience sitting at the front rather than in the audience."
His mother's eyes filled with tears as she smiled broadly.
"You know, this is my son," she said.
Mastrodomenico said that in his new position as one of the village's five leaders, he would be seeking to learn a lot about issues before
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taking stands on them.
"I will hear before I speak, and speak on only what I know," he said.
Mastrodomenico was the top vote-getter in an election March 18 in which he and incumbent trustees John Root and and Marisa Muratori competed for two board seats.
Six-year trustee Muratori lost the three-way vote.
Her positions and responsibilities, including those of environmental advocacy, were handed over to Mastrodomenico. Monday, Mayor Robert Blais welcomed the new board member, and praised Muratori for her years of work.
In a recent interview, he talked openly of her service.
"I've worked with 26 trustees during my tenure, and without question, Marisa was one of the most dedicated public servants our community has ever had," he said. Blais has served as village mayor since the late 1960s.
"Marisa continually worked for ways the village could become greener, yet save money for the taxpayers - she will be sorely missed."