For the first time in history, two women serve on the Watertown City Council, after today's inauguration of Teresa Macaluso to serve on the body. She joins Roxanne Burns on the five person panel.
Macaluso and Councilman Jeff Smith took the oath of office in ceremonies today at the Flower Memorial Library. The pair were elected last November.
For Smith, its a continuation of a 17 year career in politics that at age 40 had him musing about the changes in his own demeanor since he was first elected to the County Board of Supervisors in 1993. Smith says he is more polished but is still committed to change. He affirmed support for his two signature issues....alternative energy and a second sheet of ice.
In a brief but heartfelt address, Macaluso thanked family, friends and supporters and pledged to do her best for the people. The coffee shop owner and former nurse was new to politics but easily won the seat vacated last year by Councilman Peter Clough.
Their first meeting of 2010 is Monday night.