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Jan 5, 2010 4:10 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

A full house for East Hampton GOP swearing-in

Jan 5, 2010 4:10 PM

East Hampton Town Hall was full of excited supporters of new Supervisor Bill Wilkinson on New Year’s Day, as Mr. Wilkinson and his running mates, Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, were sworn in as members of the Town Board.

Democratic Town Board member Pete Hammerle, who was out of town, did not attend the ceremony, while Councilwoman Julia Prince watched from the hallway.

The mood among the mostly Republican crowd was jovial, as each oath was met with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Town GOP chairman John Behan kicked off the festivities by inviting the standing-room-only crowd back to his house for a party after the ceremony.

“There’s new life in East Hampton,” he said. “When we win, we all win. This Town Board will prove that to all of us.”

Mr. Wilkinson was quick to acknowledge State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, who sat in the front row during the ceremony, for “his support and for what he’s gonna do for this town.”

Mr. Wilkinson said that Mr. Thiele’s help will be crucial as the town approaches the New York State Legislature for an extra $13 million in deficit financing to cover the financial missteps of the former administration and help the town to regain its financial footing.

Mr. Wilkinson, who entered the Town Hall meeting room through a door across the hall from the supervisor’s office, told the crowd that the door to his direct office was opened earlier that morning, and that people had begun to stream in with questions and suggestions on how to make the town a better place. That door had long been closed, and anyone who wished to speak to the supervisor had first needed to speak with his office staff.

“There’ll be no channeling of people through executive assistants. That’s the way it’s gonna be,” he said.

“Now that I am a Town Board person, there is no party. This is about working for the Town of East Hampton and the people of East Hampton,” said Ms. Quigley.

Mr. Stanzione was quick to thank his mother, who was in the audience, for her support.

“Bill’s a great leader. Theresa is a fantastic leader and colleague,” he said. “I look forward to serving you and the whole town.”

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