Oneida City

Democratic Committee

"My vision is to have a community where people can succeed –

Economic prosperity, educational achievement, and social health are all dependent on each other. We need to focus on all of these if we are going to succeed at any of them."

We can do this by:

· Connecting County government elected officials to Oneida nonprofits, businesses, and schools to help them accomplish their missions

· Bringing County strength to efforts to build a vibrant downtown in Oneida

· Strengthening our child care infrastructure and making it more affordable

· Responsible stewardship of tax money – this includes environmental sustainability projects because they can also save money

· Including school districts in the distribution of “host county” and settlement funds received by Madison County

"John Nichols and I both adamantly believe that you deserve Madison County government representatives who are always transparent and communicative. You should know where we stand on the issues and what’s going on in Wampsville, before important votes are taken."


Working Families Party

CSEA Central Region 5

Mayor Leo Matzke

Meet Margaret

I am a Senior Geologist and Project Manager employed with FPM Remediations, an environmental consulting firm in Oneida. I serve on the Board of Directors for Celebration Children’s Center in Canastota, the City of Oneida Board of Water Commissioners, the Madison County Democratic Committee, and the Oneida City Democratic Committee. In 2014 I served on the City of Oneida Climate Action Plan committee.

I am married with three children. I grew up in southern Michigan. My husband, Brian, and I met when we were both graduate students at the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu. I studied geology, and he studied astronomy. When we finished our degrees, we relocated our growing family to Pasadena, California. In January 2012, we relocated again to Oneida because we wanted a friendly, affordable place to raise our family and put down our final roots. We love being close to outdoor recreation in natural areas. Our three children attend Oneida City Schools.

I became active in local politics because I see the need for hard-working, clear-thinking, fair-minded people to take a leadership role in government. I began to realize that government needs caretakers, and I wanted to be one of them. I am committed to the idea that all people should be represented by government. Public officials have a duty to consider the needs of all different sectors of the population, especially those that are disenfranchised and less able to advocate for themselves.

Campaigning with one of my awesome helpers in 2017

Attending a NYS Board of Elections campaign finance seminar in 2019

Giving a speech at the O.N.E.I.D.A. rally in September 2017

News & Headlines

October 21, 2019

Q&A with Madison County Supervisor Oneida Wards 1,2,3 candidates

Nobody in Oneida has a comprehensive understanding of the entire web of issues the city faces, and the city lacks a coordinated response. The issues are all related to each other: slow progress on revitalizing downtown, neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and low rates of higher education, scarcity of available childcare, housing instability, and homeless families, food insecurity, lack of “things to do” for teens, substance abuse. We have great agencies that address individual issues, but we need to start looking at our system as a whole. I would like to bring multiple agencies to the table together to start working this out....

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October 18, 2019

Oneida Democratic candidates town hall

One of the first questions asked of the audience was asked of Milman-Barris: What have you done in the past to address the issue of getting affordable childcare to low-income families, and what would/could you do if elected? Milman-Barris said the issue of affordable childcare is important to both the city of Oneida, Madison County and across the country....

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October 15, 2019

CSEA endorses Milman-Barris and Nichols for Madison Co. seats

ONEIDA – Margaret Milman-Barris and John Nichols - candidates for the two Madison County Supervisor seats that represent Oneida wards 1, 2 and 3 - were endorsed by the Civil Service Employees Association ...

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July 10, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Lights for Liberty Vigil Planned

Nearly every night when I put my children to bed, it breaks my heart thinking of the families who are separated at our southern border. It has been a whole year and more, and still our federal government runs an inhumane situation....

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February 11, 2019

Milman-Barris Running for Oneida Supervisor

Oneida resident and former supervisor Margaret Milman-Barris is once again running for the Madison County Board of Supervisors for Oneida Wards 1-3. Milman-Barris represented the city from May through December of 2017 after being appointed by Mayor Leo Matzke to replace retiring supervisor Scott Henderson. Wards 1, 2, and 3 cover roughly the south half of the city of Oneida....

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May 5, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Concerns about the Sheriff's deputization agreement with the Oneida Indian Nation

I would like to respectfully submit this letter containing my concerns, questions, and recommendations pertaining to Resolution No. 8, “Authorizing The Chairman To Enter Into An Agreement”, for your upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting on May 8, 2018. I am in general opposed to the proposed agreement between Madison County and the Oneida Indian Nation (OIN), in part because of the way it was introduced, and in part because of elements of the proposed agreement itself. Many of these are the same concerns I brought to the Criminal Justice Committee when a deputization agreement was discussed there a year ago.

Unless all these questions have been considered, answered, discussed with all the Supervisors, and made open for public comment, I urge you not to approve the resolution at this time....

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March 3, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Oneida Public Library a "Vibrant Center of Learning"

Some people say, why should the library be a community center? We don’t need it. But it’s not a community center – it’s a community center of learning. And we do need it. There’s something uniquely stimulating about standing in a room, surrounded on all sides floor to ceiling by books, their titles and pictures jumping out at you. ...

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December 27, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Serving as Oneida supervisor was an honor

I‘d like to thank Oneida for giving me the opportunity to serve on the Madison County Board of Supervisors for these past seven months. The new supervisors’ swearing-in ceremony will be on Friday, Dec. 29, and their new term starts Jan. 1. I’d especially like to thank Mayor Matzke and Deputy Mayor Chamberlain for trusting me with this duty, and all the Oneida Common Councilors and other County Supervisors and staff for their patience and graciousness welcoming me into the government fold. I feel like we got some good things accomplished...

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November 3, 2017

Q&A with Oneida Wards 1-3 supervisor candidates

If we want young people to stay here, they must have jobs. Jobs can come from expanding existing businesses, bringing new businesses from outside, or local entrepreneurs creating new businesses. ...

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November 3, 2017

Margaret Milman-Barris has long history of public service

I would like to encourage everyone in the City of Oneida Wards 1-2-3 to vote for my wife, Margaret Milman-Barris, for Madison County Supervisor. In the time she has served in this position so far, she has worked tirelessly on the wide variety of work the county performs for residents. I have seen her working late into the night reading through several-inch thick binders of documents for various committees in order to effectively contribute to the discussions where the real work of the supervisors is often done. She has reached out to the leaders of various departments on her own initiative to personally tour county facilities including the landfill and the county jail, and also met with community agencies such as the PROS Clinic to learn about the services that they offer to residents of the city and county....

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August 5, 2017

Landfill open house gives Madison County residents up-close look at ARE Park

“It’s good to give people an opportunity to ask questions,” said Oneida Supervisor and member of the Solid Waste Committee Margaret Milman-Barris said. “People have a lot of questions about the proposed biosolids facility. It’s important to have conversations so they know they can talk to us about it.” ...

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May 17, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Milman-Barris honored to serve

I am honored to be running for Madison County Board of Supervisors to represent City of Oneida Wards 1-2-3. Even more so, I am humbled to be appointed by the mayor to serve the rest of the term that was vacated when Scott Henderson resigned in April. Serving as a public official, even for a short time, comes with serious responsibility. One of my firm beliefs is that public officials have a duty to consider the needs of all different sectors of the population, not just those that happen to be “at the table.”...

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August 20, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Madison County Supervisors wrong about pregnant inmates

I was dismayed to read that the Madison County Board of Supervisors voted last week to express non-support of Assembly Bill 6430, which amends the 2009 New York law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant inmates by adding measures to ensure compliance. These measures include informing women inmates about the law, providing annual training on the law for corrections officers, and providing an annual report to the state on instances where restraints were used on pregnant inmates (allowed only under extraordinary circumstances). ...

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Professional Experience to handle County business

Geologist and Project Manager

Margaret is a senior scientist and project manager for environmental remediation projects at sites across the U.S. She leads projects that investigate and clean up groundwater and soil contamination.

I have experience…

· Managing projects, budgets, and people

· Listening to clients to understand their needs

· Asking questions to root out the issue

· Mobilizing a team to get the job done

· Communicating with clients and the public

· Collaborative decision-making


City of Oneida Water Board

Celebration Children’s Center Board of Directors

City of Oneida Climate Action Plan Committee (2014)


Cornell University School of Engineering (BS, Geology)

University of Hawai'i at Manoa (MS, Geology)

California Institute of Technology (PhD studies, incomplete)