GENESEO – The Village of Geneseo officially swore in its two youngest trustees in its history Monday night in front of many proud family members and friends.
Mary Rutigliano, 19, and Matthew Cook, 20, took an oral oath of office as Trustees of the Village of Geneseo.
“Our first meeting was informative,” said Rutigliano. “Everybody at the office is really good at preparing us.”
“It was really nice,” said Cook. “We had a lot of e-mails, the police report, their activities…we just looked over the organizational things beforehand to jump right into the meeting. Those items were really helpful.”
Cook’s parents expressed their overwhelming support and excitement for their son’s successful taking office.
“I’m very excited and proud of my son and Mary for the decision they made to represent not only the students but the Village,” said Cook’s mom, Tina. “I’m looking forward to see how they can impact the trustee board and the changes that are to come.”
“Matthew 3:17 says ‘Lo, behold this is my beloved son in who I am well pleased,'” said Cook’s father, George. “That says it all for me.”
“I’m very proud of him,” said Cook’s sister, Faith. “He may not know that I look up to him sometimes but I do look up to him.”
The meeting began with a rundown of common regulations and practices of the Board.
Mayor Richard Hatheway answered some of the new trustees’ basic questions. Cook asked about alternatives to raising the Village’s tax cap. Mayor Hatheway said simply, “We’d be in trouble.”
Rutigliano and Cook enthusiastically delivered their first individual Trustee reports.
Rutigliano and Cook won the Village’s on March 15 election in a landslide due to an outpouring of student votes via absentee ballots.
They have both repeatedly committed to staying in Geneseo and serving the entirety of their four-year terms.