Officials take oath of office during ceremony in Oneida

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ONEIDA — The city of Oneida rung in the new year by welcoming its newly elected officials Sunday. The Oneida Inauguration Ceremony saw around 100 people at the Kallet Civic Center to witness the swearing-in of its newly elected and re-elected officials.

Guest speakers included Madison County Chairman John Becker and Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood. Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, Brookfield, was invited to speak but could not attend due to hazardous road conditions brought on by an ice storm.

Salka sent his regards and congratulated officials on their election.

Becker congratulated Oneida city officials and offered a few words to some of the newly elected officials. “As long as you keep the public in your heart and what you do is the right thing in your heart, you’ll be all set,” Becker said. “It’s great to see such a bunch of young folks getting involved with their community. You have a chance to shape the city of Oneida for years to come. I hope you take this task to heart and bring back the city to the glory it once was.”

Hood commended the city of Oneida officials for all the work they put into their campaigning and what it turned into. “Every one of you sitting here has the support of the community behind you,” he said.

Hood extolled the city’s recent work with events like the Parade of Lights and said it was a sign of things to come. “Things are happening in Oneida that are really good,” Hood said. “People are excited.”

On a sadder note, Hood spoke on the passing of Oneida Supervisor Joseph Ostrander and the loss it meant to the community. The sheriff said Ostrander was a great man who was loved in his wards of 4, 5, and 6. Hood offered his condolences to Ostrander’s family.

Ostrander, 52, died on Dec. 9 and was sworn in posthumously, with his family taking the oath of office in his place.

Also sworn in were:

Joseph Magliocca, Madison County Supervisors for Wards 4, 5, and 6;

Helen Acker, mayor;

Gary Reisman, Ward 1 councilor;

Steve Laureti, Ward 2 councilor;

Rick Rossi, Ward 3 councilor;

Michelle Ironside Kinville, Ward 4 councilor;

Brandee DuBois, Ward 5 councilor;

Tom Simchik, Ward 6 councilor;

Anna Hood, chamberlain;

Nadine Bell, city attorney; and

Kevin Salerno, public safety commissioner.

Mary Cavanagh and Matthew Roberts were unable to attend the inauguration due to the weather and will be sworn in as Madison County Supervisors for Wards 1, 2, and 3.

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