EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – It was a familiar site in Tuckahoe Village Hall on Monday, as longtime village officials were once again sworn into office after claiming victories in last month’s election.
Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond – who ran unopposed – and Trustees Greg Luisi and Tom Giordano – who staved off a challenge from Democratic candidate Anthony Fiore Jr. – took the oath of office from the Rev. Eric Raaser on Monday night at the annual village reorganization meeting.
Flanked by a roomful of friends, family and fellow elected officials, the three village officials celebrated their victories with fellow Republican Trustee Steven Alfasi, and the spirit of Democrat Trustee Stephen Quigley, who had to miss the event due to scheduling conflicts.
Alfasi, who was voted into office just last year, said he has learned an immeasurable amount in a short time from his colleagues in office.
“They’ve served this board with not only distinction and pride, but with competence. That’s what I’ve noticed in the short time I’ve been on the board,” he said. “I’ve noticed the complete competence each member has. The dedication is unrivaled.”
Ecklond, Giordano and Luisi will each serve their third two-year term in office since being elected in 2011. Since then, the board has remained Republican-heavy, with only Quigley acting with a Democratic agenda.
“I feel privileged to serve another two years on this board under the administration of Mayor Ecklond, who in my mind is unrivaled in his dedication to this village,” Giordano said.
“The people that constitute our village administration, in all of our departments, the people that carry out the day-to-day services do an inspiration job to make our village a beautiful, safe and great place to live."
State Sen. George Latimer, who joined Scarsdale Assemblywoman Amy Paulin at the ceremony, noted that the state and county are behind the little village tucked away in Eastchester.
“This is a wonderful civil ceremony in which you can show the real world effect of Jefferson democracy in Tuckahoe,” he said. “You run, you compete, the voters decide, then you do what is best for your community.”
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