Two new faces for county board

Published Jan 2, 2018 at 4:00pm

The 2018-19 Oneida County Board of Legislators gets down to business Wednesday.

Two members will be serving for the first time while a third will rejoin the board after a two-year absence. The other 20 legislators were all re-elected in November.

The organizational meeting starts at noon in the legislative chamber on the 10th floor of the County Office Building, Utica. However, members will gather for a group photograph at
11:45 a.m.

There are four resolutions on the agenda:

-- Reappointment of Legislator Gerald J. Fiorini, R-7, Rome, as board chairman. Chairman since 1996, his salary is $28,000.

-- Adoption of board rules for the next two years. They are the same as the current ones, according to the legislature office.

-- Reappointment of Mikale P. Billard as board clerk. His salary is $68,478.

-- Reappointment of Cynthia DelPiano as deputy board clerk. Her salary is $55,952, according to the budget book.

Two new members are joining the board:

-- Democrat Michael D. Brown takes over in District 12, the only district that is completely inside the Rome city limits. He will replace Barbara Calandra, who served one term. Brown defeated the incumbent in a Democratic primary in September. The two squared off again in the general election with Brown running on the Democratic, Working Families and Rome First lines while Calandra ran on the Independence line.

-- Republican Steven R. Boucher replaces Les Porter of Remsen in District 6. Porter has retired after a lengthy tenure on the board. Boucher defeated Democrat Sebastian J. Interlandi III in the November election.

Returning to the legislature is Democrat Joseph M. Furgol of Utica in District 18.

Furgol overcame a one-vote disadvantage on election night to take back the seat following the count of the absentee ballots. Furgol defeated first-term Republican Jeffrey E. Daniels Jr. On election night, Daniels led 678 to 677.

Furgol lost to Daniels in 2015. Furgol was on the board from 2007 to 2015.

Committee members and the chairs will be announced later by Fiorini. A new Ways & Means chair is needed because that post had been held by the newly retired Porter. His likely replacement is Legislator James M. D’Onofrio, R-15, New Hartford. Stepping up as head of the Airport Committee for D’Onofrio will likely be Legislator Robert Koenig, R-11, Whitestown.

The first regular board meeting is Jan. 17.