United States Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday, June 28, made it back from the Capitol in Washington DC just in time to administer the oath of office to all elected and appointed officials in Woodbridge whose terms officially started July 1. “I love this town,” he said, turning his gaze to the beauty of the classical Town Hall building, with officials, their families and friends assembled on the front lawn, the “quintessentially American picture of democracy in action.”
He held up Woodbridge as an example of how the country should operate. “You come together after the election — and its done and you work together for the common good,” Blumenthal said.
That point was driven home by First Selectman Beth Heller, who in her remarks quoted from John F Kennedy, who in 1961 referred to his inauguration “not as a victory of party but a celebration of freedom.” She spoke of the big experiment of self-government, which to succeed needs to be based on respect for common values and respect for the institutions. She invited all the residents of the town to work together to build the future of the town, and pledged to “invest time and resources to enhance our quality of life consistent with our shared values.”
“Town government at its best is an inclusive process aimed at addressing the concerns and aspirations of all constituents,” she said. “I am committed to listening to each of you and ensuring that every voice is heard as we continue to work together.”
The Rev. Shepard Parsons offered an Invocation and Geneva O’Hara sang “America the Beautiful.” Bethany’s newly elected first selectman, Paula Cofrancesco, also was in the audience.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent
- U. S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal administers the oath of office to First Selectman Beth Heller.
- Selectmen (from left) Dwight Rowland, Mica Cardozo and Sandy Stein take the oath of office. Not pictured are Selectmen Joseph Crisco and Joe Dey.