Michaels names transition team

Fulton Mayor-elect Deana Michaels.

FULTON — Fulton Mayor-elect Deana Michaels will lean on more than a dozen local civic, business and community leaders for support and counsel as she prepares to take office in January.

Michaels announced Tuesday her 14-person transition advisory team, which she said is “comprised of a diverse group of individuals from throughout the community.”

“Success starts with surrounding yourself with a strong team,” Michaels told The Palladium-Times. “I was looking for a team of individuals that are experts in their field that I can learn from and provide insight on our various initiatives.”

An Oswego County native and branch manager for Pathfinder Bank, Michaels won election in November to succeed retiring Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. Michaels prevailed from a field of three other candidates, taking more than 50 percent of the vote. After an aggressive, aspirational campaign, Michaels is set to enter city hall with a mandate for progress.

Michaels’ goals for the city of Fulton, as contained in her “Vision 2025” plan, include “creating safe neighborhoods for our families,” “making government more responsive to our citizens and businesses,” “attracting families to raise their children here” and “attracting more people to visit Fulton.”

“We’ve created a team we feel is strong and provides a level of expertise that will help me learn along the way and help reach those goals,” Michaels said.

One member of Michaels’ transition team is UA Plumbers and Steamfitters 73’s Eric Saunders, who said Michaels impressed him and his fellow union members from the beginning of her campaign.

“She stood out,” Saunders said Tuesday. “She really impressed us with her preparation. She’s got the right ideas and she’ll work well with the people of Fulton to get things done.”

Brittney Jerred, a senior staff member for Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, said she was “honored to be invited to be a part of a transition team by our new mayor-elect who has a vision to improve our city.”

“We have so many great people and families here who want more for our city,” said Jerred, a Fulton native. “Deana already understands this and is open to new ideas and forward-thinking planning. I’m excited for our city’s future with her at the helm.”

Other members of the transition advisory team include, according to the Michaels administration:

Linda Hughes: Resident services coordinator at Fulton Mills and member of the Oswego County Opportunities Board of Directors.

Sean Broderick: Early College Program Supervisor for the Fulton City School District and youth basketball program league director for the city of Fulton.

Beth Nicholson: Born and raised in Fulton and employee of the Fulton City School District. She is a mother of three girls and a fitness enthusiast.

Jill Abbott: Owner of Zamp Marketing and Uniforms Etc. in downtown Fulton.

Brad Broadwell: Economic development specialist who has worked in several parts of the country.

Pat Haggerty: Realtor with Century 21 Leah’s Signature.

Nancy Fox: Executive Director of the CNY Arts Center located in downtown Fulton.

Dionne Labeef: Community resident and mental health professional.

Tammy Bednarz: Born and raised in Fulton, where she raises her family. She works at the Fulton City School District.

Alissa Viscome: Associate Executive Director of Programs for the ARC of Oswego County.

Holly Carpenter: Executive Director of the Fulton Housing Authority.

Cheryl Baldwin: Business Manager of the Oswego YMCA.

“I’m proud and humbled that these individuals have agreed to serve on my transition advisory team,” Michaels said. “They will help me to set priorities and realize the goals that I set during my campaign after talking to people at their homes, at community events and at my pop-up town hall meetings.”

A fixture during her campaign, Michaels said she plans to hold several “pop-up town hall meetings” to solicit input from the public.

“We’ll continue to provide transparency and be involved and active out in the community,” Michaels said, noting that a schedule of events was not yet available but would be forthcoming.

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