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Rain sworn in as St. Lawrence County DA


OGDENSBURG — About 100 family members, friends and supporters packed the Ogdensburg City Courthouse on Saturday to watch Mary E. Rain be sworn into her new position as St. Lawrence County district attorney.

With one hand on a Bible, Ms. Rain swore to support the U.S. Constitution and state constitution “to the best of my ability, so help me God.”

In a speech following, Ms. Rain addressed her supporters and family, thanking them for their support. She said she has her work cut out for her for the next four years.

“Make no mistake, the job will not be easy,” she said. “Significant case backup, lack of training and in-house mentoring have handicapped the young, but dedicated, assistant district attorneys over the last several years. However, we simply don’t have time to complain. I was elected to roll up my sleeves and get to work, and that is exactly what I intend to do 24/7 for the next four years.”

City Judge A. Michael Gebo swore her in during a brief ceremony, for which her nephew Anthony J. Puckett, Hanover, N.H., held a Bible for her hand to rest on.

“It’s exciting and I know she’s going to do a tremendous job because she always does,” he said.

Mr. Puckett was responsible for helping Ms. Rain with designing her campaign signs as well as ordering them and getting them shipped.

“I was with her the last couple months and I really got in depth as to the whole race and what was going on with her opponent, so I think she’s going to bring a lot of change into this county,” said Ms. Rain’s nephew Matthew P. Donovan, of Hudson.

Ms. Rain said she was overwhelmed with all of the support she received throughout the campaign as well as at Saturday’s ceremony.

“People traveled five and a half hours to get here,” she said. “From high school friends and my family to supporters, it was nice that they were all able to share this with me.”

Now that she’s been sworn in, Ms. Rain said, she’s ready to be a servant to the people of the county.

“We’re going to put the past behind us and look forward to the future,” she said. “No complaints. No excuses. Let’s just move forward, work hard and do justice for the citizens of this county, which they richly deserve.”

Ms. Rain said the team she assembled will follow three principles.

“First, seek justice for all, at all times,” she said. “Second, stand for excellence in our commitment to the citizens of St. Lawrence County. And finally, never forget with great responsibility comes great opportunity.”

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