News of Otsego County


Senator Oberacker Takes Oath Of Office

Senator Oberacker

Takes Oath Of Office

County Rep Succeeds Senator Seward

Peter Oberacker is sworn in at 1 p.m. today in the Schenevus Fire Hall as state senator for the 51st District, which includes Otsego and nine other Central New York Counties.  His wife Shannon holds the Bible.  About 20 friends and well-wishers attended, the number limited by COVID precautions.  A reception followed at FormTech Solutions, Oberacker’s business on Route 7 east of the hamlet.  Inset, Oberacker’s FormTech partner and campaign manager, Ron Wheeler, is sworn in as Maryland town supervisor.   His wife Christine  holds the Bible.  Town Justice Joseph Staruck, a fellow local judge for 28 years with Oberacker’s late mother, Carol, administered both oaths.  Oberacker, who was a three-term county representatives for the Schenevus area (Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur), succeeds state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who represented the county in Albany for 34 years. (Jim Kevlin/

Mayor, 2 Trustees Sworn In After Long-Delayed Election

Mayor, 2 Trustees Sworn In

After Long-Delayed Election

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Trustees Joe Membrino and, right, MacGuire Benton were sworn in for new terms this evening at the Cooperstown Village Board’s organization meeting. Village Administrator Teri Barown administered the oaths. Usually, village organizational meetings occur April 1, but the mid-March election was delayed until Sept. 15 due to the COVID-19 threat. The mayor was unopposed in that election, and Membrino led the three-way trustee race. But Democrat Benton and the Republican candidate, Mary-Margaret Robbins, tied at 272 each, requiring a runoff election Sept. 29. In that runoff, Benton garnered 343 votes to Robbins’ 308. Unless delayed, the next village election will be next March. Also at tonight’s organizational meeting, The Freeman’s Journal was designated an official newspaper of the Village of Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/
Seward, Devlin To Take Oath New Year’s Day At Foothills

Seward, Devlin To Take Oath

New Year’s Day At Foothills

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, will be sworn in for his 17th term at 1 p.m. New Year’s Day – Tuesday, Jan. 1 – at Foothills.

County Judge John Lambert, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., and the two new coroners, David Delker and Christian Shaefer, will also be sworn in by County Judge Brian Burns.

County board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Middlefield, will emcee the event.

Winners Sworn In On New Year’s Day



Winners Sworn In

On New Year’s Day

Mayor Gary Herzig, left, seated with wife Connie, daughter Sasha and her boyfriend Jacob Miner, is introduced  at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel prior to taking his oath this afternoon for a second term.   Former mayor Kim Muller emceed the event, and Greater Oneonta candidates for Common Council, Oneonta Town Board and the Otsego County Board of Representatives were sworn in by City Judge Lucy Bernier.  (Jim Kevlin/
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.

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