Common Council members sworn in, Jan.1, 2020 By: Jim Kevlin 01/01/2020 5:47 pm Newly sworn-in Council member Luke Murphy hugs his grandmother, Violet Fallone, at today’s Oneonta Common Council ceremony at 1 p.m. in City Hall. Mayor Gary Herzig welcomes an SRO crowd at today’s Common Council swearing-in, praising the political system. “Elections produce winners. But they don’t produce any losers.” Newly elected Council member Luke Murphy poses with dad Jim, mom Laurie and brother Shamus. Newly elected Councilman Mark Davies, the Hartwick College professor and city Environmental Board chair, take the oath of office from Judge Bernier. With him is wife Diana Portalatin and their daughter, Marly. Veteran Council member Dave Rissberger takes the oath, with wife Rachel, son Gabriel and daughter Julia by his side. Wife Betsy Holland accompanies husband Mark Drnek as he is swonn in as First Ward Council member. Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, was on hand to congratulate the new Council members. To his right are Councilmembers Murphy and Davies. County Democratic Committee vice chairman MacGuire Benton, Cooperstown, right, congratulates John Rafter’s wife Elizabeth and Mark Drnek during a reception in City Hall’s lobby. Newly elected county Rep. Rick Brockway, R-Laurens, left, discusses governance with Joe Bernier, the City of Oneonta’s retired Community Development director.