Council Members

Ward 1 - Luke Murphy

Ward 2 - Mark Davies


David Rissberger
3rd Ward

Dave Rissberger grew up in the suburbs of Rochester, NY before attending the University at Buffalo for his undergraduate degree and Touro College for graduate school.  In 2002, he and his wife Rachel moved to Oneonta because of all the wonderful opportunities this region has to offer and to be closer to family.  They have two children who attend the Oneonta City School District and enjoy attending their kids' many events such as band concerts and soccer games. Dave works in Special Education as a Physical Therapist for the Oneonta City School District.

Ward 4 - Kaytee Lipari Shue

Ward 5 - Len Carson

Ward 6 - Scott Harrington


John Rafter
7th Ward

John Rafter is a retired Human Resources/Personnel Professional with over 35 years of corporate experience, including 5 years serving as the Human Resources Director of Opportunities for Otsego.  He was a member of the Zoning Board for 7 years before election to the City Council.  


Ward 8 - Mark Drnek

Common Council Support Staff


David Merzig
City Attorney

David Merzig, a partner in the law firm of Kehoe & Merzig, PC, is an Oneonta-based attorney who concentrates his practice in sophisticated trusts and estates, elder, and municipal law. David has served as the City of Oneonta’s City Attorney since 1987, during which time he has acted as an advisor to the Mayor, Common Council and Department Heads, and is responsible for the supervision of all legal matters for the City.

An Oneonta native, David graduated from Oneonta High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. He then attended Albany Law School of Union University and received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1977. In addition to his work for the City, David also serves as general counsel to the Oneonta Housing Authority, and is active in the operation of Opportunities for Otsego, Inc., a community not-for-profit agency which oversees and administers a variety of need-based programs, where he is the agency’s Finance Committee Chair, Corporate Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee, and has served as a Board Member since 1992. David currently resides in Oneonta with his wife, Margery Merzig.