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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

New Town Supervisor Stephen Donnelly, right, takes the oath of office during the town council’s annual reorganizational meeting. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

COEYMANS — The town council saw a major political shift on New Year’s Day when three new officials took their oaths of office.

A standing-room-only crowd turned out to attend the swearing-in ceremony and annual reorganizational meeting at town hall.

New Town Supervisor Stephen Donnelly and new Town Councilmen Ronald Hotaling and Michael Stott were sworn into office with their families by their sides. All three are Democrats.

The composition of the board has changed from all Republicans under the previous administration to three Democrats and two Republicans. The Republicans remaining on the board are Town Councilmembers Linda Bruno and Stephen Schmitt.

Donnelly crossed the political aisle by appointing Schmitt the deputy town supervisor. The deputy takes over the responsibilities of the supervisor in the event he is absent from a meeting.

Town Councilman Stephen Schmitt was sworn in as deputy town supervisor with new Town Supervisor Stephen Donnelly issuing the oath. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

Several additional appointments were made during the reorganizational meeting.

Planning board/zoning board of appeals member Patricia Grogan was appointed chair of that board, replacing former chairman Robert Nolan. Nolan remains a member of the board. Grogan’s present term as chair will expire Dec. 31, 2024; the chairman’s position is appointed on an annual basis.

Michael Maguire was also appointed to a seven-year term on the planning board/zoning board of appeals, with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2031.

Sherle Slingerland was reappointed to the post of first deputy town clerk, with a term to expire on Dec. 31. Town Historian Joseph Boehlke was reappointed to another term; Boehlke is also president of the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society.

Dominic Bruno was named civil defense director for the town; his term expires Dec. 31 of this year.

New Town Councilman Ronald Hotaling is sworn into office with his family by his side. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

Town officials also scheduled town council meetings for 2024. This year’s meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at town hall, 18 Russell Ave. in Ravena, on Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 14 and 25, and Dec. 12 and 26.

Meetings for the planning board/zoning board of appeals were also set. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at town hall, located at 18 Russell Ave. in Ravena, on Jan 8 and 24, Feb. 12 and 28, March 11 and 27, April 8 and 24, May 13 and 22, June 10 and 26, July 8 and 24, Aug. 12 and 28, Sept. 9 and 25, Oct. 15 and 23, Nov. 12 and 26, and Dec. 9 and 18.

New Town Councilman Michael Stott takes the oath of office. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media
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