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Peter Oberacker sworn in as New York State Senator

Republican Peter Oberacker took the oath of office on Friday beginning his term as Senator of the 51st District. The district serves nine counties including Otsego and Herkimer County.

Posted: Jan 1, 2021 3:49 PM

SCHENEVUS, N.Y. --- Republican Peter Oberacker took the oath of office on Friday beginning his term as Senator of the 51st District. The district serves nine counties including Otsego and Herkimer County.

Senator Oberacker was sworn in at the Town of Maryland courthouse, where his mother, Carol Oberacker served as a town just for over 25 years.

Due to COVID, the swearing-in ceremony was kept small. Only close family and friends were allowed to attend. Oberakcer said after touring the area, he is keen on getting to work.

“Families and individuals along with our small businesses, schools, local governments, and countless community groups have persevered during the COVID pandemic – that is our nature here in upstate New York. Now, as we prepare to open a new legislative session, it is time for Albany to take commonsense steps to truly improve our state," said Oberacker.

One of Oberacker's first actions in office will be co-sponsoring a bill with Assemblyman John Salka that will attempt to fix issues with bail reform. Oberacker also plans on addressing rural broadband as well as other issues.

“Delivering high-speed broadband for all, strengthening our Main Street businesses, investing in our farms, and backing our first responders and frontline health care providers are just a few initiatives I will fight for in my first term," said Oberacker.

Oberacker succeeds Republican Jim Seward, who held the position for 34 years.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1694651

Reported Deaths: 48335
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2184108926
Kings2182459258
Suffolk1664973125
Nassau1526462956
Bronx1490725955
Westchester1103302125
New York1075853980
Erie668181618
Richmond589101605
Monroe53391998
Rockland39673896
Orange38194730
Onondaga32798636
Dutchess23006413
Albany21239335
Oneida19928481
Niagara15554316
Broome15461339
Saratoga12245149
Schenectady11039178
Ulster10331232
Rensselaer9233132
Putnam856586
Chautauqua7443126
Chemung6481130
Oswego611989
Ontario591490
St. Lawrence570191
Steuben5584139
Cayuga543889
Jefferson491063
Sullivan489160
Herkimer4609107
Wayne454065
Cattaraugus449977
Genesee4483119
Madison389685
Clinton378827
Livingston361156
Tompkins352343
Columbia345696
Fulton344085
Montgomery3259107
Cortland324160
Allegany293081
Warren291355
Wyoming288549
Tioga286456
Greene270971
Chenango250270
Otsego248643
Orleans247782
Washington240654
Franklin217612
Lewis210330
Seneca165554
Delaware159033
Essex136426
Schoharie125113
Yates102426
Schuyler87312
Hamilton2862
Unassigned16199
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