County lawmakers OK new Democratic elections commissioner

Published Feb 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

Oneida County legislators welcomed Michael F. Galimo II as the county’s new commissioner of elections for the Democratic party while unanimously approving his appointment Wednesday afternoon.

Legislators’ Minority Leader Philip M. Sacco, D-9, Deerfield, welcomed Galimo and said he was sure Galimo and county Republican Election Commissioner Rose Grimaldi will “do a very good job....” Galimo, who was present, also was congratulated by Board of Legislators Chairman Gerald J. Fiorini, R-7, Rome, and was applauded by the board after the vote.

​Among other approvals by legislators Wednesday were several resolutions authorizing the issuance of more than $17 million in bonds for various capital projects; a new contract for county corrections officers and related positions; and a new majority legislative analyst for the board.

• Galimo, of Utica, brings to the Democratic election commissioner position “a strong mix of energy, people skills, expertise in technology, and understanding of the political process,” county Democratic Committee Chairman William Thickstun said by email after the meeting; the committee recommended Galimo’s appointment. The 2018 county budget lists the salary for election commissioner as $77,545.

Galimo succeeds Jordan S. Karp, who resigned. Sacco expressed thanks for “a fine job” by Karp. Galimo is filling a partial term that expires Dec. 31.

“All the candidates were made aware that this interim period would be probationary, as election commissioners are reappointed every two years in the fall,” said Thickstun. “I have every hope and confidence in Mr. Galimo’s ability to learn the job quickly, do well over the next nine months, and earn re-appointment for a full term.”

Thickstun said Galimo is a 2009 graduate of SUNY Oneonta in political science, and in fall 2008 served as an intern in then-Congressman Michael Arcuri’s Washington office. Since graduation he has worked for L.B. Security in Utica, where he currently is director of business development. In addition, Galimo was elected to the Utica school board in 2016, and managed Frank DiBrango’s successful campaign for Utica Common Council in 2017, Thickstun said.

• Among capital project bonding that was authorized, for projects in the 2018 capital budget that was approved in November —

$515,000 for redevelopment design for Griffiss airfield in Rome. This represents the local share in conjunction with federal funding.

$204,000 for renovation/rehabilitation of a nose dock at Griffiss airfield. This reflects the local share in conjunction with state funding.

$1.177 million for expansion of the county emergency services facility.

$4.5 million for county highway road reconstruction and improvements.

$2.126 million for county bridge improvements.

$1.919 million for the purchase of county Department of Public Works equipment.

• Legislators approved a collective bargaining agreement between the county, the county sheriff, and Local 1249, Council 82 (AFSCME) American Federation of State, County and Municipal

Among contract terms is an 8.5 percent raise over six years. The union includes corrections officers, civil deputies, court security officers and court attendants.

• Daniel R. Guzewich was appointed as majority legislative analyst to the board at a salary of $52,116, effective Feb. 26 with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2019. The board’s majority party is Republican.

Guzewich currently is a reporter for the Daily Sentinel.