For most elected officials, being sworn into office can become a rather elementary event. But for the recently re-elected Greenburgh officials, it was literally an elementary event.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, Councilman Francis Sheehan, Councilwoman Diana Juettner and Town Clerk Judith Beville were officially sworn into office at Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry Wednesday morning by Town Justice Walter Rivera.
In addition to being sworn in under oath in front of dozens of fourth and fifth grade students, the local officials took some time to explain what municipal government is all about – and even answered some tricky questions.
Feiner, like any good politician, knew his audience.
“Does anyone here like playing on the playground? Would you ever vote for someone who wouldn’t want playgrounds?” he asked
Students quickly responded with an overwhelming “no.”
“That’s the type of decisions your government makes,” Feiner said.
Rivera used his time to ask students things in their community that they would like to see improve.
“Although all of you are too young to vote, you’re not too young to participate,” he said.
Fourth grade student Timmy de Ganon, who is part of his class’s student government, said he enjoyed the Greenburgh officials’ visit.
“My favorite part was that we got to ask questions and that they actually got answered,” he said.
de Ganon said that although he is only in fourth grade, he finds politics very interesting.
“I’m very mature for my age,” he said. “I love to watch the Daily Show.”
It might not be long before he’s getting sworn into office.