Home › AllOTSEGO | Breaking News › HERZIG TAKES OATH AS ONEONTA MAYOR HERZIG TAKES OATH AS ONEONTA MAYOR 09/15/2015 AllOTSEGO, Breaking News HERZIG TAKES OATH AS ONEONTA MAYOR A serious Gary Herzig, with his smiling wife Connie holding the Bible, is sworn in as mayor of Oneonta by City Judge Lucy Bernier. The ceremony, at about 6:40 p.m. today in Council Chambers, may spell the end of 10 months of turmoil since the sudden passing of Mayor Dick Miller last Oct. 25. In remarks following the ceremony, the new mayor declared, “the challenges are many, but there is reason for optimism.” And he ticked off a number of initiatives he plans. “You know as well as I do that Oneonta is a special place,” he said. “Together, we can make it an even better place. I promise to work with you on that.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com) The SRO crowd leaped to its feet in applause when Judge Bernier pronounced Gary Herzig to be Oneonta’s new mayor. Front row, front right, are county Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta (first lady Connie Herzig and Judge Bernier had been sitting to Stuligross’ right); Kelly Finn, wife of Planning Commission chair Dennis Finn; Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood; state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and former Mayors John Nader, Al Nader and Kim Muller. In the second row, from right, are Steve Londner, member of the former Charter Revision Commission; county Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta; Rosalie Higgins, former school board member and Oneonta Rotary president, and Marie Lusins, retired Oneonta Town Board member. Visible under the clock is Dan Buttermann, school board member.