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Largest OPD Class Sworn In At Park

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Largest OPD Class

Sworn In At Park

Oneonta Police Chief Chris Witzenberg, left, and Mayor Gary Herzig flank the latest class of OPD officers – at seven, the largest on record – that were sworn in this morning at Neahwa Park, in recognition of social-distancing concerns.  From left are Michael Angellotti, Christian Cooper, Bryce Kohout, Michael Pedulla II, Carson Pochkar, Thomas Steinberg and Karolina Stypulkowsi.  The seven begin their studies this Thursday at the Broome County Police Academy, and will join the local police force in six months.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Delgado Sworn In For Second Term

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Delgado Sworn In

For Second Term

Antonio Delgado’s wife Lacey and their twin sons joined him Washington D.C. last evening as he was sworn in for a second term.

WASHINGTON –  Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, R-19, said he was “humbled and honored” on being sworn in for a second term last evening at the Capitol.

The swearing in took place on the House floor, by groups, to observe social distancing protocols.

6 Newcomers, 2 Incumbents Sworn In On New Year’s Day

6 Newcomers, 2 Incumbents

Sworn In On New Year’s Day

ONEONTA  – City Hall is planning a swearing-in ceremony for the six newly elected Common Council members, plus two incumbents, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Common Council Chambers at 258 Main St.  Mayor Gary Herzig will preside.

New council members are Luke Murphy (Ward 1), Mark Davies (2), Kati Lipari Shue (4), Len Carson (5), Scott Harrington (6) and Mark Drnek (8).

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JANUARY 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JANUARY 1

County Officials To Be Sworn In

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SWEARING IN – 1 p.m. State Sen. Jim Seward, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., County Judge John Lambert, Coroners David Delker & Christian Shaefer, County Judge Brian Burns to administer the oath. Public welcome. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta.

Assemblyman Swears Fealty To Constituents – And Bride

2 NEW YEAR’S DAY CEREMONIES

Assemblyman Swears Fealty

To Constituents – And Bride

Chris Tague

COBLESKILL – New Year’s Day, newly elected Assemblyman Chris Tague will be making two vows.

At 5 p.m., he will take the oath to uphold the laws of New York State in representing the 102nd Assembly District, which includes the towns of Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester in Otsego County.

He will then take the marriage vows, signaling the beginning of wedded bliss between Tague and Dana Buzon of Schoharie.

Cooperstown Trustee Sworn In

Cooperstown Trustee Sworn In

Cooperstown Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch was sworn in today for another term on the Village Board by Village Administrator Teri Barown. Mayor Jeff Katz holds the Bible. Tillapaugh and Lou Allstadt, who was unable to attend today, were reelected in the March 21 village elections. (Jim Dean photo)
CCS Superintendent Sworn In

CCS Superintendent Sworn In

CCS’ new superintendent of schools, Bill Crankshaw, recites his oath office, administered by Clerk of the District Wendy Lansing, right, at the beginning of this evening’s school board meeting in the middle/high school library. At left, school board President Theresa Russo. Crankshaw assumed his duties with the New Year.  A snowstorm cancelled last week’s board meeting, so this is his first. At the completion of the oach, the audience applauded.   Crankshaw, raised in the Mohawk Valley, was recruited from his first superintendency, at Remsen Central in the Adirondacks.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
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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City, Some County Candidates To Be Sworn In New Year’s Day

City, Some County Candidates

To Be Sworn In New Year’s Day

The exterior of Foothills' Atrium.
The exterior of Foothills’ Atrium.

ONEONTA – Successful Oneonta area candidates in the Nov. 3 local elections will take their oaths of office at noon New Year’s Day in Foothills’ Atrium.  A reception will follow.

First, state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma will swear in City Court Judge Lucy Bernier for another term.

Then Judge Bernier will swear in Mayor Gary Herzig and Common Council members, and any county board representatives who are present.

It appears that most successful town board and county board candidates will be sworn in during the first meeting of their boards in the new year.

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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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HERZIG TAKES OATH AS ONEONTA MAYOR

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., 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 innovations. "You know as well as I do that Oneonta is a special place. Together, we can make it an even better place. I promise to work with you on that." (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
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.
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