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Greenwich Selectmen To Be Sworn in Sunday

Posted by Barbara Heins @ Greenwich Patch

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.

Tradition and long-standing friendships will be the major features in the swearing-in ceremony Sunday afternoon when the Greenwich Board of Selectmen take the oath of office.

Republican First Selectman Peter Tesei will be sworn in for his fourth two-year term by his "mentor," former First Selectman Rebecca Breed. "This is her fourth time swearing me in," Tesei said. "She was one of the principal people who spurred my interest in town affairs. She is a mentor, a dear friend. I wouldn't think of having anyone else."

The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Town Hall Meeting Room and will include attendance by several former First Selectmen including Roger Pearson, John Margenot and Jim Lash.

Republican David Theis will be sworn in for his third term by childhood friend William Giacomo who is a Supreme Court Justice in Westchester County. "I've known him ever since we were kids growing up in Cos Cob," Theis said.

"I've worked with him on his campaigns for judgeship ... and he's a Democrat," Theis said with a laugh. "This is illustrative of my personal belief that we work together ... find ways to work across the aisle `a la Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill," Theis explained.

Swearing in Democrat Drew Marzullo for his third term will be Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, also will include the honor guards from the Greenwich Police Department, the Greenwich Fire Department and the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service; the performance of patriotic songs by the Rev. Christopher Tate of the Second Congregational Church and the benediction by Rabbi Yosef Deren of Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich.

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