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Bedford Inauguration Portrays Bipartisanship

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — The beginning of January presents a litany of subjects, from resolutions and cold temperatures, to back to school groans.  But no groans could be heard from the Bedford Town House on Wednesday as the courtroom was filled with supportive members of the community for the Bedford Town Inauguration.

Supervisor Lee V.A Roberts (R), Council members David Gabrielson (D) and Chris Burdick (D-WF-In), Judge Kevin Quaranta, and County Legislator Peter Harckham (D – District 2) were all sworn into office. Each one of them was the incumbent in their respective race. In all of the speeches given by the honorees, the subject of bipartisanship reigned supreme.

“I am humbled and grateful to be supervisor to this town. It’s not just reflection on me, it’s a reflection of my town board,” Roberts said. She continued, “Democrats and Republicans work as one in Bedford, and that’s what makes this town so effective and such a great place to live.”

Harckham offered similar thoughts, saying he was especially proud of his leadership in the town he calls home.

“Westchester County is a fabric of small towns and communities and this is my hometown. It’s great to be here with friends and colleagues who have gone through a lot with me,” Harckham said. “Even if you're a Republican, a Democrat, the elections over. It’s time to come together."

For some, including Gabrielson, the morning ceremony offered a time for reflection. “It’s been a real pleasure and an honor to serve on the town board. I didn’t think of running for office” four years ago, he said. “I was asked, said ‘yes’ instead of ‘no,’ and it turned out to be a real life changing event for me and something that’s meant a lot to me.”

Quaranta said the presence of Former Bedford Judge Charles Banks, who hosted of the event, gave him the ability to look at the past in order to portray how his future will look.

“I’m very pleased and privileged and humbled to do the work of this town and all of the folks, the litigants who come through the courts,” he said. “In the example of all the judges before me, I will do not only a good job, but also a conscientious job. I promised you and all the voters that I will continue in that role.”

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