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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 SMITHFIELD 15 Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea administered the oath of office to new- comer Cerra and veteran Alba, who held her young son Sawyer on her hip while she pledged her commitment to the town. "Moms are very versatile," Gorbea said. Alba, who will be serving her fourth term, thanked her mentor and friend, Gorbea, for coming to the ceremony. She thanked the town and the council for putting their faith and trust in her. She said each member of the council equally represents the members of the town, and each member's input will not be disregarded. "I would like to assure everyone in this room that this will be a council that will work collaboratively and col- lectively in order to achieve what is best for residents of our community," Alba said. The passage of the fire station and elementary reconfiguration bond in the November election will provide the much-needed improvements to educa- tion and public safety infrastructure, she said. "It will also require that we col- lectively and carefully examine the expenditures of our municipal and school budget in order to minimize any further potential tax impact to our resi- dential homeowners and businesses," she said, in short, to be "good stewards of taxpayer dollars." She said it's imperative to work with the town manager to find economic opportunities to expand the commer- cial tax base and generate additional revenue to offset increases from debt service payments. "We need to collectively think out of the box and create economic opportu- nities wherever possible," she said. Alba said it is also important to main- tain Smithfield's status of having a high quality of life by continuing to expand recreational activities, community- based projects and activities, as well as senior services. Allison Lawton swore in her father, while Cavanagh's granddaughter, Madeline MacKay, swore her in for SWEARING IN From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Members of the Smithfield Town Council pose before their swearing in on Tuesday night. From left, T. MICHAEL LAWTON, SUZY ALBA, MAXINE A. CAVANAGH, DINA CERRA and SEAN KILDUFF. School Committee members, from left, RICHARD IANNITELLI, VIRGINIA G. HARNOIS and ROSE MARIE CIPRIANO are sworn in to the Smithfield School Committee by Town Clerk CAROL A. AQUILANTE on Tuesday night. another term. Lawton said he was honored to be named vice president, and feels more comfortable his second time around on the council. Kilduff, the fifth and youngest mem- ber of the Council at 23, was sworn in by his mother, Jennifer Kilduff. Serving his first term in public service, Kilduff said he is ready to help the town and is anticipating getting to work after the first Town Council meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. "It's all about doing the right thing, and making the right choices. We've got good people on this council already," Kilduff said. School Committee incumbents Rose Marie Cipriano and Virginia Harnois were sworn in alongside Richard Iannitelli during the ceremony. Iannitelli took a four-year hiatus from serving on the committee, but says he's ready and happy to return. Before closing out the evening, the Town Council voted to bring back Anthony Gallone as town solicitor. It was two years ago when a new Republican majority on the council made the controversial move to bring back former longtime Solicitor Ed Alves, ousting Gallone after a two-year stint under a Democrat-controlled council. Alba vehemently objected to the vote at the time, saying Alves charged an exorbitant amount of money for a small community, at more than $400,000 annually, and showed a con- flict of interest on cases. Alves resigned in September of last year over a number of issues. He was replaced by Patricia Buckley. Ending the evening on a high note Tuesday, Alba said she was humbled and honored to serve the town. "Smithfield, a town that has a proud history and a promising future," she said. SUZY ALBA may have just been installed as president of the Smithfield Town Council, but to 3-year-old SAWYER STANLEY, she's still Mom.

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