Adrienne Martini, new District 12 county representative, is sworn in by City Judge Lucy Bernier. Martini’s husband Scott Segar holds the Constitution.
Change is coming, county Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-11, said after being sworn in at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel at 1 p.m. today. Behind him is retiring county Rep. Kay Stuligross, who held the Bible, and former Oneonta mayor Kim Muller, who emceed.
As wife Emily and son Rafe look on, Danny Lapin is sworn in as Distirct 13 rep.
Liz Shannon and Stuligross share a laugh after Shannon is sworn in as the successor county rep in District 14, City of Oneonta.
Randy Mower, appointed a year ago to a vacancy on the Oneonta Town Board, is sworn in after winning election to a full term in November.
Oneonta Town Board member Patty Jacob is sworn in for another term, surrounded by grandchildren, from right, Jordan and Ryan Forbes, Marisol Wappat, and Jack Forbes.
Michele Frazier, appointed to Oneonta Common Council last year, was elected to a full term in November.
Long-time public servant, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, observes that if one stays in public life long enough, he-she can alienate everyone.
ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, county board reps and local elected officials will be sworn in for new terms at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan 1., at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel. The new county Democratic chair, Kim Muller, will emcee.
Meanwhile, that morning, the new county treasurer, Allen Ruffles, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. at the county courthouse in Cooperstown by county Judge John Lambert.
SWEARING-IN SLIDE SHOW
Mayor Gary Herzig welcomes newly elected officials and their family and friends to the swearing-in event.
Before anything official could happen, City Judge Lucy Bernier had to be sworn in for a second term; the oath was administered by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma. At center is Bernier’s husband, Joe, now retired, but formerly longtime Community Development director at City Hall. Thus empowered, Judge Bernier then swore in the mayor, Common Council and Oneonta’s county representatives.
City Judge Richard McVinney is sworn in for another term by his colleague on the city bench, as his wife Kathleen holds the Bible.
County Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, takes the oath. His husband, David Brower, holds the Bible.
Mayor Herzig is sworn in; wife Connie hold the Bible. The mayor was appointed to the vacant position in October, so to participate in the development of the city budget for 2016.
Veteran county Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, passes the watchful eye of young Dannah Levinson, 4, en route to taking her oath of office for a fifth term.
First Ward Common Council member Paul van der Sommen accepts good wishes at today’s swearing-in ceremony at Foothills’ Atrium. He is accompanied by wife Sue and their daughter.
Mayor Herzig snaps a photo of Melissa Nicosia; she and her husband, Charles, are friends of the Herzig family. He represents Ward 2.
Young Gabriel Rissberger watches with admiration as his dad, Common Council member David Rissberger, is sworn in for a second term, representing Ward 3. Gabriel’s mom Rachel and sister Julia help hold the Bible.
Ella Osterhoudt – “my campaign manager,” her mother said – holds the Bible as mom Michelle Osterhoudt, newly elected to the Fourth Ward seat, is sworn in.
It was a heavy lift, but the Levinson children all helped hold the Bible as mom Dana was sworn in to represent the city’s Fifth Ward.
Council member Russ Southard, Ward 6, acting mayor for much of the past year, bounces his grandson Bryler, 1, on his knee after taking the oath of office. Next to them is Bryler’s grandmom, Tammy Southard.
Newcomer John Rafter accepts the responsibility of representing the Seventh Ward. His wife Elizabeth hold the Bible.
Len Carson, newly elected to the Otsego County Board of Legislators, representing the city’s Wards 5 and 6, accepts applause on being recognized by Mayor Herzig.
INAUGURATION SLIDE SHOW
Scenes From The Swearing-In
Awaiting for the swearing-in to begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Oneonta’s Common Council chambers, soon-to-be-mayor Gary Herzig chats with members of an audience that filled the room.
Connie Herzig, the city’s new first lady, chats with Judge Lucy Bernier before the ceremonies began.
Republican State Sen. Jim Seward and Democratic Oneonta Town Supersivor Bob Wood share political news.
Former mayor John Nader emceed the evening, introducing the Herzigs and Judge Bernier.
Herzig recites the oath; wife Connie hold the Bible. In the background, from left, are Council member David Rissberger, Don Mathisen, Police Chief Dennis Nayor and Sara Patterson.
The swearing-ins complete, the audience leaped to its feet in applause.
In the background, City Finance Director Meg Hungerford, the acting city manager, and Council member Larry Malone listen to Herzig’s inaugural address.
The key players pose for a line up show. From left, Senator Seward, Mayor Herzig, Judge Bernier, and former mayors Muller, Nader and Nader.
Kelly Finn gives the mayor a congratulatory hug. At right are Lori Zimniewicz, a key member of the Charter Revision Commission, and Dennis Finn, chairman of the city Planning Commission.
Among the guests at the reception in City Hall lobby are, center, County Democratic chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown and his wife Rosemarie, chatting with City Council member David Rissberger.
During the reception, Bill Davis, proprietor of County Club Chevrolet, chats with Zimniewicz.
Malena Buttermann, attending with her dad Dan, the school board member, chats with Dana Levinson, left, who is running for Common Council in the Nov. 3 election.
Cindy Seward holds her latest granddaughter, Vivian Thomas, 6 months old, who was name after her mother-in-law, the senator’s mother.
Cooperstown’s Bill Waller shares a text with his granddaughter, Kira, who is visiting from Washington D.C., where he dad Scott, a CCS and Colgate grad, coaches Gonzaga Prep’s nationally ranked soccer team. Next to Kira is her grandmother, former Mayor Carol B. Waller, and Sharon and Don Oberriter, Fly Creek.
Freshman County Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Fly Creek, emceed today’s event. From left are Drue Quakenbush, who sang “God Bless America,” County Judge Brian Burns, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Senator Seward, state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma, and the Rev. Steve Fournier, pastor of the Milford Community Bible Church.
Among those reciting the pledge are former county Rep. Alex Shields, R-Richfield Springs, and his wife Barbara.
Drue Quackenbush, daughter of county Rep. Janet Hurley Quackenbush, R-Town of Oneonta, sang the National Anthem, and later led the audience in “God Bless America.”
A contingent of firefighters from Cortland County was in the audience.
It was a full house this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown, as Senator Seward and Sheriff Devlin were sworn in. A reception followed in Templeton Hall.
Grace Slesinsky, Oneonta, plays with state Sen. Jim Seward’s granddaughter, 6-month -old Vivian, after the senator and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. were sworn in this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown. At left is the Sewards’ son-in-law, Felix Thomas, and his daughter Desiree is at right. The senator told an audience that filled room that he took the oath on a Bible given to him by his mother, Vivian, on Christmas 1962, and was delighted to have her namesake, baby Vivian, present for his 15th swearing-in. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.org)
Well-Wishers Fill Courtroom #1
For Seward, Devlin Swearings-In
Nora Thomas squeezes between her grandparents, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his wife Cindy, as Michael V. Coccoma, the chief administrative judge for state Supreme Court, swears in the senator for a 15th term this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com) Sheriff Recalls Judge’s Prediction Of Heroin Scourge, Vows To Fight On
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is sworn in for his third term by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma. Bearing witness are his wife Laurie and their daughter Kimberly. The Devlins also have two sons.
COOPERSTOWN – Four years ago today in Courtroom #1, Otsego County Judge Brian Burns issued the first alarm to an astonished crowd: He expected heroin would be the biggest scourge the judicial system would face during his term.
Today, Judge Burns swore in county
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin for a third term, and the lawman ruefully recalled the jurist’s prediction, which proved too true, to the anguish of many local families and the concern of the citizenry at large.
But he made clear law enforcement isn’t passively accepting heroin in our midst. “The sheriff’s office has had some of the largest drutg wseizures and major drug cases that this county has ever seen,” he said. “…I am fighting and using every means available to rid our communities of this toxin.
“I am communicating a clear message to the dealers and suppliers, conveying that, ‘if you bring your poison into our communities, we will find you. We will arrest you And the DA will vigorously prosecutre you. Our judsges will sentence you to lengthy preson terms. And, more important, you are not welcome here.'”
In the 15th swearing in of state
Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, which followed, the senator said “New York State has a lot going for it.”
COUNTY BOARD REORGANIZES Dem Koutnik Paired With Republican
In Succeeding Kathy Clark, Ed Frazier
County Rep. David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, takes the oath of office this morning next to county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego. A few minutes later, Bliss’s colleagues voted him in as Clark’s replacement as county board chair. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Board of Representatives this morning elected
David Bliss, the former Middlefield town supervisor just elected to his second term, to be its chairman this year.
County Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, at center taking the oath of office, was soon elected vice chairman.
The vote was 10 “ayes,” two absentions, one absence, and a single “nay” from Kathy Clark, R-Otego, the chair Bliss replaced.
Unanimously, the reps then appointed Democrat
Gary Koutnik, the veteran representative from the City of Oneonta, as the vice chair.
The absent county rep was Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, who departs as board vice chair. It was said he had to take his wife to the hospital.
The pairing of a Republican chair with Democratic vice chair is unusual but not unprecedented: Republican Sam Dubben and the late Rich Murphy, a Democrat, shared the leadership in 2010; and Republican Don Linberg was chair and Ron Feldstein vice chair in 2007.