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Rye Swears in New Council Member at 70th Inauguration

RYE, N.Y. - If you told council member Laura Brett a few years ago that on January 1, 2012 she would be standing at City Hall being sworn in as a member of the Rye City Council, she'd probably say you were crazy.

"I remember telling my husband I would never run for city council," Brett said over the phone. "He did what every good husband should do, try to talk me out of it."

Brett says that it wasn't until after she sat down for coffee with recently reelected council member Catherine Parker that she knew for sure she wanted to run.

"Catherine told me that public office was like the highest form of community service," Brett said. "And it was that community service mentality that really convinced me to run."

The theme of service to community was echoed throughout the City's 70th Inauguration ceremony by both Brett and Mayor Douglas French.

"Few people raise their hand to serve," French said in his remarks to the audience. "It is that commitment to public service, to simply volunteer, that makes our community a better community."

"I hope to serve like those who have served before me," Brett said in her remarks. "As a true public servant."

Brett is a mother of three and has previously served as president of the Rye Historical Society. In addition to acting like a "true public servant", Brett also expressed a desire to remain open during her time on the city council.

"Public service is a lot of responsibility," Brett said. "I want to keep an open mind and never lose my willingness to serve the community."

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