Common Council Oneida Ward 1

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Moving forward is looking ahead, forming our coalition and creating a legacy to be proud of. Moving Forward is looking in the rearview mirror at ways we can learn from our past to create our future. As a City we can define together what our Moving Forward looks like and build a legacy.

--- Lynne

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Lynne is proud to have the endorsements of the following individuals:

Rick Kinsella Oneida Public Library Board Member

"I like Lynne because she's smart, and she's driven, and she gets things done."

Al Cohen Former Oneida Common Councillor Ward 1

"I know what it takes to do this job, and Lynne has what it takes to do it well."

Katie Salisbury-Smith Mother and community member

"Lynne is a good friend, and I know she just wants what's best for everyone in the community."

Brad Myatt OCSD School Board Member

"Lynne would be a great partner in education for our community."

Barb Allen Teacher (ret.) and community member

"We need some good energy in Oneida, and Lynne has that energy."

OHS Brain Trust "The OHS Brain Trust enthusiastically endorses Lynne Bialas McHugh for Oneida Common Council. She would be a great addition!"

Liz "Fiddle" Simchik Musician and Activist

Terri Phillips Teacher (ret.) and community member

"In all the years that I've known Lynne I've been impressed with her caring and her go-to-it attitude, and I think she'd be a wonderful addition to the city council."

Meet Lynne

Childhood for Lynne meant shopping at HL Greens, entering the costume contest at the Kallet Halloween parties, Brownies and Girl Scouts, popping popcorn at Craft Days and creating crafts at the Madison County Historical Society’s children’s programs. It was growing up in a single-parent family where working together was vital and work ethic, integrity, responsibility and honesty were strong.

Lynne's mother, Oneida High School teacher Mary Jeanne Bialas, taught her the importance of volunteerism at a young age. Lynne volunteered at the Madison County Historical Society, park programs, church and school programs, and the Oneida Public Library. As a teen, she was a counselor at Camp Lookout in Madison County and the Sherrill Park Program. She worked at Fay’s Drug Store as a cashier and waited tables at Sylvan Beach in the summer.

Lynne lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who runs a successful private practice in Oneida.

  • Active in Willard Prior Elementary School PTO

  • Has also worked for various non-profit agencies and with victims and survivors of abuse

  • Previously worked at Brightside Children’s Center to prevent psychiatric hospitalization in children and teens. This experience taught her to navigate and work within mental health care and social service systems.

  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester

  • Master’s degree from Springfield College


Improving communication between the city and the public

  • On July 20th, the newly launched Oneida City website posted information about an opportunity for Oneida residents to receive financial assistance to repair their sidewalks . Barely anyone was aware that this was happening, and 9 days is not much time to consider if this expense is feasible for most families. There was nothing announced at the last Council meeting about it. Was anyone able to take advantage of this? Is there any possibility the city will extend the deadline? Are all the spots taken? If elected, Lynne would make sure Ward 1 residents know about these opportunities as they arise so they know how the city is working to help THEM.

Supporting local law enforcement’s commitment to making Oneida safe

  • Lynne is grateful to Oneida Police Chief John Little because his approach and view of our city is very holistic. She thinks that the Oneida Police are meeting people where they're at, and they have a much better approach where they're really focusing on forming relationships with people and the community. Lynne thinks that is very valuable.

Advocating for Ward One by making responsible, informed decisions


McHugh Running for Oneida Common Council - July 28, 2022 Madison County Courier

Meet the family therapist, mother running for Ward 1 in Oneida - August 24, 2022, Rome Sentinel

McHugh is the Democratic Nominee for Oneida Ward 1 Council Seat - August 24, 2022, Oneida Daily Dispatch

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Lynne McHugh