Odell sworn in as Putnam's first female county executive

Republican MaryEllen Odell was sworn in this morning as Putnam's first female county executive.

Odell beat out her Democratic opponent Alan Schneider on Election Day by taking 62 percent of the vote. She will serve just more than the three years left on former state Sen. Vincent Leibell's term.

Leibell was elected county executive last November, but he never took office after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges. He's now serving out a prison term. Putnman's longtime personnel director Paul Eldridge was then chosen to serve as acting county executive until the special election could be held. He will now go back to his former position.

Odell's swearing in took place on the steps of Carmel's historic courthouse. Former Gov. George Pataki administered the oath of office.For extended footage of Putnam County Executive Odell's inauguration speech, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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