Didi Barrett Hold Swearing In Ceremony at FDR LibraryJan 7th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Political
Assemblymember Didi Barrett holds Swearing-In Ceremony with over 200 friends, supporters and community leaders at FDR Presidential Library
This past Saturday, January 5th, 2013, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Mid Hudson) held her Swearing-In Ceremony at the FDR Library and Museum in the Wallace Center located in Hyde Park with over 200 friends, supporters and community leaders. Notable guests and elected officials included the grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, David Roosevelt and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro as well as newly elected State Senator Terry Gipson, County Legislators, Town Supervisors and Town Board members.
The event kicked off with Kuumba Dance and Drum, the resident company of Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center based in Hudson, NY. After their attention grabbing performance, Assemblymember Barrett’s son Alec Barrett took to the podium and recognized elected officials and special guests. Barrett’s daughter Annabel Barrett then introduced Hyde Park resident and actor Angela Henry, who read works by Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Hudson Valley musicians Eric Rosi-Marshall and Guy Fichetti who played songs by Pete Seeger, Jeff Anzevino and Jay Ungar. As one of her first official duties, newly elected Supreme Court Justice Maria Rosa presided over the swearing-in of Assemblymember Didi Barrett while husband David Barrett held the Bible.
“Thank you for joining me and my family on this very special occasion,” Assemblymember Barrett said. “My election was truly a team effort and I am grateful to all of you for being part of that team. Our victory could not have happened any other way. I am so honored and privileged to represent this awesome district in the New York State Assembly. This very large — 70 miles from one end to the other — swath of Dutchess and Columbia Counties is very much a snapshot of America.”
“I am truly bullish on the Hudson Valley,” Barrett continued to say. “I believe this is the Hudson Valleyʼs moment. We have it all right here. We simply need to proceed by working collaboratively with wisdom, smart growth principles and a recognition for what makes this region so special. We can create a sustainable economy with good jobs that stay in the region by engaging the very things we love about living here.”