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New Year’s Day Swearings-In Set In Oneonta, Cooperstown

New Year’s Day Swearings-In

Set In Oneonta, Cooperstown

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.

County GOP Chair Vince Casale Witnesses Trump Swearing-In

County GOP Chair Vince Casale

Witnesses Trump Swearing-In

Vince Casale, who chairs the Otsego County Republican Committee, sent this image of President Trump’s inaugural from his vantage point this morning in front of the steps to the U.S. Capitol. (Readers, send images from the inaugural to jimk@allotsego.com so they may be posted at www.allotsego.com)
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SWEARING-IN SLIDE SHOW

Swearing-Ins Raise Hopes Of New Beginnings In City

Swearing-Ins Raise Hopes

Of New Beginning For City

2 DYNASTIES MEET – If swearing-in ceremonies are about the future, that was quadruple the case at noon today in the Foothills Atrium, symbolized by the meeting of the Levinson and Gelbsman clans. Both newly elected Common Council member and her husband, Rick, and reelected county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his wife Melinda each have four children: Donald and Delilah, 8, Dahlia, 7, and Dannah, 4, Levinson; and Aidan, 10, Reese, 8, Scarlett, 5, and Hudson, 2, Gelbsman. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
2 DYNASTIES MEET – If swearing-in ceremonies are about the future, that was quadruple the case – times 2 – at noon today in Oneonta’s Foothills Atrium, symbolized by the meeting of the Levinson and Gelbsman clans. Both newly elected Common Council member and her husband, Rick, left, and reelected county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his wife Melinda. right, have four children each.  At left are three of the four Levinson children, who are twins Donald and Delilah, 8, Dahlia, 7, and Dannah, 4.  At right are the Gelbsmans, Aidan, 10, Reese, 8, Scarlett, 5, and Hudson, 2. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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INAUGURATION SLIDE SHOW

Scenes From Swearing-In

Newly minted Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig gets a congratulatory hug from one of his predecessors, SUNY Oneonta administrator Kim Muller. Behind them are Council member Larry Malone, left, and the city's human resources director Kathy Wolverton. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Newly minted Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig gets a congratulatory hug from one of his predecessors, SUNY Oneonta administrator Kim Muller, after he was sworn in as mayor of Oneonta Tuesday, Sept. 15, before an SRO crowd in the Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall. Behind them are Council member Larry Malone, left, and the city’s human resources director Kathy Wolverton. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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INAUGURATION SLIDE SHOW

Scenes From The Swearing-In

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Well-Wishers Fill Courtroom #1 For Seward, Devlin Swearings-In

Well-Wishers Fill Courtroom #1

For Seward, Devlin Swearings-In

Nora Thomas squeezing between her grandparents, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his wife Cindy, Michael V. Coccoma, the chief administrative judge for state Supreme Court, swears him in to a 15th term this afternoon in Courtroom #1, Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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.
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.

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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 Reps Pick Bliss As Chairman

COUNTY BOARD REORGANIZES

County Reps Pick

Bliss As Chairman

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.

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