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Saturday, December 14 Local

Cosgrove sworn in as New Milford Town Council member

NEW MILFORD — The Town Council has a new member.

Chris Cosgrove, 59, was approved and sworn in at Monday’s meeting. He replaces Paul Szymanski. Both are Republicans.

Cosgrove will finish the term, which ends on Nov. 30, and will appear on the ballot for Town Council in the regular election.

It is unclear why Szymanski stepped down, but he had missed a number of meetings. Szymanski could not be immediately reached for comment.

“I’ve lived here a decade and really have come to love the town and the people,” Cosgrove said.

He said now that his children are older, he has the time he can devote to the job and the passion to do it.

He’s most interested in the town’s finances and ensuring that the town spends people’s money responsibly.

“I’m cognizant that I’m a public servant,” Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove has served on the town’s finance board and spent two terms on a school board in New York prior to coming to New Milford.

He has a business background in sales and marketing.

Cosgrove said he started coming to Town Council meetings a few years ago to get a better handle on local government and then started serving on local committees. He then reached out to the mayor’s office and Republican officials and told them he would like to serve on Town Council if the opportunity arose.

He got the call a few weeks ago about a vacancy. He received the party endorsement for the regular Town Council election in November.

Cosgrove said the town has such a strong history, pointing to the portrait of founding father Roger Sherman that hangs in the meeting room.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be sitting around this table,” he said. “I look forward to working with the rest of the town council team and town government.”

kkoerting@newstimes.com; 203-731-3345

Katrina Koerting|Reporter

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