NEW HARTFORD — With his wife holding the Bible and his right hand held high, Richard M. Lenart was sworn in Wednesday as the new councilor from the Second Ward.

Lenart is a New York Mills resident who replaced Philip Cittadino, who chose not to run for re-election. Cittadino had taken over the seat previously held by Paul Miscione after Miscione was elected town supervisor in 2017.

Lenart, a Republican, beat out Democrat Jordan S. Karp in November’s election, 1,247 votes to 908.

“I’ve known that the previous boards had done a good job of moving New Hartford forward,” the 70-year-old retiree said, adding that he wanted to help continue that trend.

Lenart retired from Niagara Mohawk after working for 35 years as a senior financial analyst. He also serves on the New York Mills Zoning Board of Appeals and is the treasurer for the New York Mills Senior Organization.

“My philosophy is if it’s good for the taxpayers as a whole, it’s good for the town,” he said.

Lenart was named chairman of the Town Board’s Senior Citizens Committee at Wednesday night’s organizational meeting of the Town Board, according to the agenda from the meeting. He was also named co-chairman of the Assessor, School/Village/Town Liaison and Town Clerk Committees.

“I look forward to working with him,” Miscione said.

Contact reporter Ed Harris at 315-792-5063 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_EHarris).