New Watertown Officials Sworn In & Ready To ServePosted: Updated:
A new year brings new faces to Watertown city positions.
On New Year's Day, Lisa Ruggiero and Ryan Henry-Wilkinson were sworn in as city council members and Anthony Neddo was sworn in as city judge, where he'll join current judge Eugene Renzi.
"I'm excited to take over as second judge,” Neddo said. “It's an honor to be where I'm at."
Neddo will spend the next few days training at the New York State Judicial Institute and officially takes the bench next week.
He says he hopes his experience will lead to success.
"I've been in litigation for 20 years and it's equipped me with a first-hand knowledge of rules of evidence, the criminal procedural laws,” he said. “I think that's going to be a benefit to the people here."
As for the new city council members, Henry-Wilkinson said “it's very surreal to finally be at the end of the campaign trail and get to represent my neighbors."
Ruggiero says she’s eager to work with the rest of council.
"I think there will be a spirit of cooperation and I'm really looking forward to that,” she said.
Both new council members say they don't want to waste any time moving into their new positions.
"The first few months we're going to be continuing to work with moving forward with the DRI for downtown revitalization and we're going to vote on bonding for the city pool in Thompson Park,” Henry-Wilkinson said.
Ruggiero said she hopes to bring back a neighborhood watch program.
"I'm excited to get that running because of the issues we have in the city between having the drug problem and crime problems,” she said.
The new city officials have different positions and different ideas, but one common goal: to serve the city of Watertown.