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Freshman legislators inaugurated

by jmaloni
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 09:50 am
Copelin oath: Niagara County Legislator Cheree Copelin recites her oath of office Monday at Niagara Falls City Hall, as her husband, Luke, a Niagara Falls firefighter, holds the family Bible. Administering the oath is City Judge Diane Vitello. Copelin, who was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Legislator Vincent M. Sandonato, was elected in her own right in November.
Copelin oath: Niagara County Legislator Cheree Copelin recites her oath of office Monday at Niagara Falls City Hall, as her husband, Luke, a Niagara Falls firefighter, holds the family Bible. Administering the oath is City Judge Diane Vitello. Copelin, who was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Legislator Vincent M. Sandonato, was elected in her own right in November.
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Four in 15-member body are new to government

As representatives in the 15-member Niagara County Legislature were sworn in around Niagara County this past weekend, several were taking oaths for the first time as elected officials.

These newly elected lawmakers include Legislator Kathryn Lance, R-Wheatfield; Legislator Cheree Copelin, R-LaSalle; Legislator Owen Steed, D-Niagara Falls; and Legislator Jason Zona, D-Niagara Falls.

The freshman grouping comes from different walks of life. Lance and Copelin are teachers. Steed is a liaison for the Niagara Falls Police Department who has been active in his community. Zona is a Niagara Falls city employee.

Scroll through photos of these new lawmakers taking their oaths, as well as Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, who is expected to begin a record ninth term as presiding officer of the County Legislature on Tuesday.

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