Stephanie Singer showed up in blue jeans Tuesday for her first day of work as a city commissioner, expecting a difficult day of cleaning up files and moving furniture as she moved into the City Hall offices vacated by Margaret Tartaglione after 36 years running the city election machinery.
Singer found the offices relatively clean, the bookshelves and filing drawers nearly empty. There was virtually no evidence of Tartaglione’s reign beyond the glass nameplate outside her office and several dirty ashtrays.
A closer look produced a couple artifacts tucked behind an open door: an old wooden sign reading “County Board of Elections,” and an aging baseball bat, a 34-inch Adirondack made of northern white ash, its handle wound with black tape. Singer declined to pose for photos with the bat.