North Haven, Hamden to host inaugurations

Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng with wife Stephanie and son Cooper.

Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda will be sworn in to another two-year term after Thanksgiving.

Leng’s inauguration is set for Sunday at noon in the Hamden High School auditorium. Along with the mayor, Town Clerk Vera Morrison, members of the Legislative Council and the Board of Education also will be sworn in.

North Haven town officials will be sworn in Monday at 7 p.m. in the North Haven High School auditorium. In addition to Freda, Second Selectman William Pieper and Third Selectman Sally Buemi will be sworn in, along with Town Clerk/Tax Collector J. Stacey Yarbrough, Treasurer Laurie-Jean Hannon and board and commission members elected earlier this month will take the oath of office.

Each town will host a reception immediately following the ceremonies.

North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda.

In North Haven, Freda was overwhelmingly reelected to a fifth term, with 85 percent of the vote.

“I am very humbled to be chosen to continue as North Haven”s First Selectman, and to be voted in by our residents by an almost 85 percent margin,” Freda said.

“I love the residents of North Haven and I take their trust in me very seriously. I will continue to exert the same level of energy and focus to deliver positive outcomes for North Haven and our wonderful citizens,” Freda said. “Thank you North Haven for placing your trust and support with me and I will always be there for you.”

Leng will begin his second full term as Hamden’s mayor. He replaced former Mayor Scott Jackson in a special election in May 2015 when Jackson left to take a job in the state Department of Labor. Leng was then elected to his first full term in November 2015.

“I am both very proud of the support that was shown to me and my team on election day, and very humbled that the people of this great town have put their trust in me to lead our community again for the next two years,” Leng said.

“You can count on me to work hard strengthening our town’s finances, reducing unnecessary expenses, investing in our neighborhoods and infrastructure, increasing communication and transparency with our residents and further expanding our community policing efforts,” he said.
“I believe that together we can build on the success that we have achieved so far and do more in the coming two years to make Hamden one of the premier suburbs in the state of Connecticut.”

In Hamden, there will be several new council members sworn in. For the Democrats, incumbent Councilmen-at-Large John DeRosa and Berita Rowe-Lewis won reelection, while First District Councilman Michael McGarry will be sworn in as an at-large representative, as will newcomer Lauren Garrett. Republicans will be represented by incumbent Councilwoman-at-Large Betty Wetmore and current Ninth District Councilwoman Marjorie Bonadies.

The Democrats swept every district race. In the First District, Jody E. Clouse will represent the first district; incumbent Harry Gagliardi returns to represent the second district; newcomer Athena Gray will represent the third district; incumbent Eric Annes returns in the fourth district; newcomers Justin Farmer and Cory O’Brien in the fifth and sixth districts respectively; incumbent Michael Colaiacovo Jr. in the seventh; board president James Pascarella in the eighth, and Brad McDowall in the ninth district.

Both events are free and open to the public.




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