A freshman state legislator has begun his career replacing a longtime area politician who retired.
State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R–Schenevus, took the oath of office Jan. 1 in the town of Maryland courthouse where his mother, Carol Oberacker, served as a town justice for more than 25 years, according to a media release.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Oberacker limited the gathering to a small circle of family and close friends.
“It is my great honor to take on this esteemed position and I look forward to serving the people of the 51st Senate District,” he said in the release. ““We are living in challenging times, however, I am certain that we will overcome the obstacles in front of us and move forward together. After traveling throughout the region over the past several months, it is clear to me that the people who live and work here are our greatest assets.
He called for the state government “to take commonsense steps to truly improve our state,” and said, “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.
Oberacker mentioned his predecessor, fellow Republican James Seward, and said, “I look forward to continuing his strong record of public service.
“I ran for the state Senate to make a positive difference in the lives of those who I now have the privilege to represent. It is a great responsibility and one I am deeply committed to fulfilling,” he said.