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Mayor Bateman Announces Appointment Of New Oswego City Historian

OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Randolph F. Bateman today (Dec. 18) announced that he has chosen Dr. Luciano J. Iorizzo as the new City Historian.

Dr. Iorizzo is a professor emeritus of history and public justice at the State University of New York at Oswego, having received his B.A. in history and education and his M.A. in history from Syracuse University and subsequently his Ph.D. in history from the Maxwell School at S.U. in 1966.

He has published numerous books and articles on various aspects of Italian immigration on the national, regional, and local level.

His teaching career included junior high school in the Syracuse area and at the college level at SU, Southeast Missouri State and 36 years at SUNY Oswego, mostly in American history, immigration history and the history of organized crime.

Dr. Iorizzo’s community service includes past president and treasurer of the Oswego County Historical Society, an elected member of the Oswego City School District Board of Education, and Oswego City Clerk under former Mayor John Fitzgibbons.

He has been a member of several local community organizations over the years, including the Elks and the Sons of Italy, and currently the Kiwanis Club.

He has presented numerous talks at the local, state, and national levels and served as a consultant to state and national projects involving immigration and research at the local level.

He is a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Air Force, and received a number of scholarships and awards for his research, teaching and efforts on behalf of improving campus/city relationships.

“I am thrilled that Mr. Iorizzo has accepted my offer to be Oswego City Historian,” Mayor Bateman said. “After talking with Mr. Iorizzo, I feel that he has the necessary experience and background to do an excellent job as city historian.”

Iorizzo and his wife, Marilee, have lived in Oswego since 1962, and are the proud parents of four sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren.