December 30, 2017




Putnam sheriff, legislators take oaths of office

CARMEL – Putnam County’s new Sheriff, Robert Langley, took his oath of office Friday evening before a SRO audience at the historic Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel.

Langlely wife holds the bible

An overflow crowd approves

Langley was joined by Legislators William Gouldman of Putnam Valley and Toni Addonizio of Kent who were also sworn in following their successful reelections in November.

Legislator Amy Sayegh was not in attendance but was sworn in by Judge James Reitz during a private ceremony a week ago.

Langley received the largest ovation after State Supreme Court Justice Kristi Acker administered the oath to Putnam’s new chief lawman.

Langley, a Democrat who unseated four-term Republican Sheriff Donald Smith by a narrow margin, promised to “represent the people of our county to the best of my ability by working hard and diligently with members of the Putnam Legislature and County Executive. My new team that has been brought to the fore will not only revitalize but re-energize this department.”

Gouldman and Addonizio were both administered their oaths by Judge Reitz. The Putnam Valley lawmaker reminded the gathering that “we are a government of the people, for the people and by the people. We are a small county but by working together we can do great things.”

Addonizio thanked her supporters for reelecting her to office and expressed special gratitude to her husband for his “help and support. Honesty, compassion, integrity have always been my credo and they will continue in the New Year.”

Putnam’s Personnel Director Paul Eldridge served as emcee for the 35-minute ceremony while opening remarks were presented by County Clerk Michael Bartolotti.

In her closing, County Executive Mary Ellen Odell asked the attendees to remember “all those ‘county family members’ who passed away during 2017.” She also promised that as a county “Putnam will leave the world a better place in 2018.”


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