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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 10:34 am

GENEVA — The town’s new slate of leaders will mark the start of their terms with a formal swearing-in ceremony Jan. 1.

“I don’t think we’ll do it every year,” said Supervisor-elect Mark Venuti. “[But] it is kind of a little momentous occasion. There was a shift.”

Venuti, a local attorney, is taking over for fellow Democrat Mary Luckern, who will retire after 15 years in office. Joining the Town Board with Venuti are Democrats Melissa Nault and Mark Palmieri, who defeated incumbent Republicans George Smith and Pat Riley in November.

The swearing-in is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the town hall on County Road 6. Retired judge Walter Gage will preside.

Venuti said bagels from Bagels & Cakes and cider from Red Jacket Orchards will be served after the ceremony. He hopes constituents will attend.

“It’ll be a little gathering, and we can hang around and chat,” he said.

Venuti and the board hope to keep that conversation going.

Beginning with the Dec. 14 meeting, board members and town department heads plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour before the regular monthly meetings start, to talk with constituents.

“I want to keep communications open, and I want people to feel comfortable to come and see what’s going on,” Venuti said.

The Town Board will hold its organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2.

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