HARRISON, N.Y. New Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont and his new administration worked through the first board meeting of 2012 in just under 45 minutes, showing no sign of first-meeting jitters.
Belmont kicked off his first meeting by encouraging the town to participate in the political process.
"I would love everyone to participate in our town government," Belmont said. "As always, it is a privilege and pleasure to have everyone here tonight and I hope our attendance will increase as the year goes on."
Through the meeting, Belmont was quick to pound his gavel when residents in the audience spoke out of turn. When he was running for his current position last November, he was a strong proponent of striving to maintain civility and order at town meetings after some said they had grown into entertainment spectacles.
Also noted in his first meeting was Belmont's count of how many times residents took to the podium to speak. During a heated discussion over the town's parking policy , Belmont motioned to resident Lucille Held that she must conclude her remarks by her third visit to the podium.
Belmont was one of three new faces at the meeting, joined by new Council member Steve Malfitano and Town Clerk Jacqueline Greer. Both expressed satisfaction with how their first meeting as a board concluded.
Before the meeting, town officials noted that Belmont intentionally switched the larger mayor's chair for the same chairs as his fellow board members, making all chairs the same.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their warm welcomes," Belmont said to conclude the meeting. "Only you can make it great to live in Harrison."
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