. . . as new members ring in the new year Joseph and Tallarino to become Republican and Democrat caucus leaders

The Oneida County Board of Legislators’ begins its 2012-13 term Jan. 3 with an organizational meeting at noon in the legislative chamber on the 10th floor of the County Office Building.

The highlight will be the swearing in of eight new legislators along with the 21 incumbents who were re-elected in November.

The new legislators, their political party affiliation, and districts, will be:

-- Ronald D. Townsend, R-1, Rome.

-- Howard J. Regner, R-2, Verona.

-- Philip M. Sacco, D-9, Deerfield.

-- Robert A. Koenig, R-11, Oriskany.

-- David J. Gordon, D-14, New Hartford.

-- Daniel J. Trevisani, D-19, Utica.

-- Harmony L. Speciale, D-22, Utica.

-- Franklin D. Davis, D-25, Utica.

The legislature will have 16 Republicans and 12 Democrats next term.

Board leadership positions also will be considered Jan. 3.

The majority Republican caucus has picked George E. Joseph, R-10, Westmoreland, to be its leader for the next term while Democrats have tapped Frank. D. Tallarino, D-7, Rome, to be the next minority leader.

Chairman Gerald J. Fiorini, R-20, Rome, will likely be selected as chair for another term. He’s already been backed by the majority GOP caucus.

The two majority and minority leaders are paid $10,038 each a year. The chairman’s salary is $21,747. Rank-and-file legislators receive $8,368.

Board policies and procedures will be undergoing changes next year. Among them will be cutting the number of scheduled meetings from 24 to 14 and reducing the number of standing committees from 12 to seven.