Week Ahead: Lots of swearing-in ceremonies; trial of antiwar activists begins


In governments all over Monroe County, new and returning elected officials will take the oath of office this week in preparation for the new year.
Lovely Warren. - FILE PHOTO
  • Lovely Warren.

The most anticipated swearing-in is, of course, that of Rochester Mayor-elect Lovely Warren. There will be a  private swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, January 1, followed by a community event at noon on Saturday, January 4.

The Saturday event includes Warren’s inaugural address, as well as guest speakers and special performances. It will be held at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and seating is on a first-come basis.

Warren will also take part in a 2 p.m. interfaith worship service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. The public is invited.

City Council’s swearing-in ceremony and organization meeting is at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, in council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street. The organization meeting is where the city makes appointments and sets salaries. Christine Carrie Fien

In Irondequoit, incoming Supervisor Adam Bello will be sworn in at noon on Wednesday at Town Hall, 1280 Titus Avenue. Incoming Town Board members Dave Seeley and Lorie Barnum will also be sworn in, as well as County Legislature Joseph Morelle Jr. and town Justices Joseph Genier and Joseph Valentino.

After the officials are sworn in, the Town Board will hold an organizational meeting. A reception will follow.

Incoming Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich will be sworn in at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Greece Community and Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. Retired WHEC news anchor Rich Funke will emcee the event while Justice Craig Doran, administrative judge for the state’s 7th Judicial District, will administer the oath of office.

Town Board members, town justices, and the receiver of taxes will be sworn in at 11:30 a.m. in the Town Board meeting room.

William Smith, Pittsford’s new supervisor, and incoming Town Board member Mary Gehl Doyle will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Thursday. Town Board member Jared Lusk, who was re-elected to his position and town Justice John Bernacki and William Taylor will also be sworn in at that time.

The ceremony will take place in the lower-level meeting room of Town Hall, 11 South Main Street. Jeremy Moule

The Rochester school board will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, to elect a new president and vice president. The meeting is open to the public, but the public does not vote on board offices. The event will be held the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street.

The trial of 16 antiwar activists from the Upstate New York area will begin in the DeWitt Town Court on Friday, January 3. The protesters will defend themselves against charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

They were arrested after serving a war crimes indictment to Hancock Air Base, home of the New York Air National Guard, where base personnel fly MQ9 Reaper drones in Afghanistan. The protesters have attempted to bring more public attention to the growing use of drones, both domestically and in foreign countries.

While advocates of drones report their accuracy, antiwar activists and many international leaders suggest they often kill innocent civilians and do more harm than good.

The trial begins at 5 p.m., 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse. Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark will join the protesters at a press meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, at the same location. Information: www.upstatedroneaction.org or Judy Bello, (585) 733-4058. Tim Louis Macaluso