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Rodman swears in town’s first woman supervisor, justice

Updated: Jan. 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM EST
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TOWN OF RODMAN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The town of Rodman swore in its newly elected officials Wednesday, including its first female town supervisor and justice.

It's an oath no other woman in the town of Rodman has taken before. On Wednesday, Lisa Cole Worden officially became the first female town supervisor.

"It feels wonderful. I am very honored that the town of Rodman voters had faith in me that we are going to make this happen. It's exciting," she said.

Cole Worden is no stranger to the responsibilities of the role. She's the 4th generation in the Cole family to become town supervisor. She took her oath 102 years to the date her great-grandfather did.

“When you talk about Rodman, it’s about family and community. I’m looking forward to a year of challenges but also a year of spectacular things happening for the community,” she said.

The new town supervisor isn't the only one to follow in her family's footsteps.

Amy Sayyeau-Simpson was sworn in for her second term as town justice. She too is the first woman to hold that position.

"It feels great. My dad was the town justice for 23 years, my grandfather was the town justice for 20 years, so carrying that on is pretty amazing," she said.

As for the year ahead, Cole Worden says the board plans to tackle finding a new town attorney and filling Cole Worden’s now vacant seat on council.

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