Amityville Mayor James Wandell sworn in to office
Before an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 100 people, Amityville Village Mayor James Wandell and Trustees Jessica Bernius and Kevin Smith were sworn into office tonight. Also sworn in was the newest Village Trustee was Nick Lalota, Wandell’s campaign manager.
“I am very happy to have been elected and thank the people of Amityville for having faith that I will make them proud and work hard to make the Village a better place,” said Wandell after he took the oath of office administered by Village Justice Debra Urbano DiSalvo, who was also sworn in for another four-year term.
Bernius, the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees, said she was “very humbled by the support you have given me and I take this trust seriously.”
Smith also thanked the public for its support, saying “We are in a period in our Village where there are a lot of changes going on and we have opportunities to have a very productive term.”
Wandell made some other appointments, naming Bruce Kennedy Village attorney for a year and Pete Himmelmann, his running mate who lost his bid for a trustee seat in the March 19th’s election to the Planning Board. He tapped Bernius for his Deputy and placed Roger Smith as chair of the July 4th celebration and James Juliano as director of emergency preparedness.
Saying he’d like to take some time to meet everyone and get to know them better, Wandell passed on many of the other appointments, telling the public that he and his board will be discussing them over the next week and make them public at the next meeting.
Lalota is a graduate of Annapolis and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is a graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in business and is on the staff of New York Sen. Phil Boyle. He and his wife Kaylie have two daughters.
There were some points of levity during the meeting as well. When the newly elected officials seemed to step over each other as they each tried to put forward, second and approve some resolutions Wandell told the public, “Don’t worry, we will get better at this.”
At another point, the new Mayor saw his granddaughter in the audience, waved to her and say “Hi, Charlotte, its grandpa.”
Following his swearing in, LaLota said he takes the job seriously and thanked Wandell for the confidence he placed in him.
The next Village Board meeting is Mon., April 8, 8 p.m. Village Hall.