EDUCATION: I hold a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.Sc. from the University of Washington in Zoology with a minor in Anthropology.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have worked primarily as a software development project manager and data analyst for both nonprofit organizations and tech startups. I am currently an analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board member of Otsego 2000
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: I am a strong progressive on issues relating to civil liberties, personal freedom and the environment. I am generally moderate or center-left on fiscal issues and believe in the efficacy of an intelligently regulated free market. I favor data-driven economic policies that strive to increase both equality and innovation.
MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY:
Economic development and rural poverty
Rural broadband access
MY QUALITIES: My wife and I chose to live in Otsego County because of its community, natural beauty and history. I believe in the idea that one must participate locally to help build the qualities they wish to see represented in the world on a larger scale. In addition to my work, activism and civic engagement I am an amature naturalist, fossil collector, chef and rock drummer.
STATEMENT: District 6 has not had an actual option in the general election for almost two decades. Democracy requires at a minimum that there be a choice of who to vote for. Years of stagnant one-party government at the country level have not yielded much for our community. If I am elected I will represent the interests of the communities of District 6 and will work to hold the board accountable for sustainably maximizing the inherent potential of Otsego County.
Sustainable Otsego has endorsed the following candidates for county board: Leslie Berliant, Nicole Dillingham, Gary Koutnik, Danny Lapin, Andrew Marietta, Adrienne Martini, Chad McEvoy, Cathy Nardi, Pat Ryan, Liz Shannon, Tom Spychalski, and Andrew Stammel.
They all support the principles of sustainable living, economic self-reliance and home rule. As we face the future, it’s clear that we can no longer rely, as we used to, on distant governments and corporations to provide for our social and economic security. Increasingly, we’re going to have to do it ourselves. Our communities and our resources are repeatedly challenged; social and economic security is harder to come by. Incomes are low, jobs are scarce, and young people migrate elsewhere. For far too long, majorities on the county board have failed to respond to these challenges.
We need new leadership in Otsego County, especially on the county Board of Representatives. We need people, like the candidates above, who are ready to aggressively defend the interests of our communities. Otsego County desperately needs a voice of its own – and these candidates are the ones who can give it that voice. If you are happy with the way things are, vote for their opponents. But if you think we need a change, here’s a chance to do something about it.
Questionnaires that have been submitted so far by candidates for the Otsego County Board of Representatives in the Nov. 7 elections are highlighted below. As the rest of the candidates respond, the links will be updated. Please click on highlighted link to read, in candidates’ own words, why they are qualified to serve. And don’t forget to vote! Polls are open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.
UNADILLA – Maj. William McEvoy, the Troop C commander, today issued an invitation for the public to help celebrate the New York State Police’s 100 years of service by attending the Centennial Open House 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Unadilla Barracks.
This is a family-oriented event, featuring demonstrations by K-9, Helicopter Rescue, Underwater Recovery Team (SCUBA), Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Centennial Mounted Unit, and more.
ONEONTA – A recommendation to move the city manager’s qualifications out of the city charter received the most negative comment this afternoon when proposed revisions were unveiled before a Common Council committee.
City Council Member David Rissberger, Third Ward, a member of the original Charter Revision Commission, said putting the qualifications in the charter was a response to public input.
“That was the biggest concern (in 2009-10) when we were rewriting the charter,” he said. “The number of times I heard people say, ‘You’re doing this so you can put so-and-so into the position.’”
ONEONTA – As the waters rose around Oneonta during the 2006 floods, Mayor John Nader was constantly on the phone, talking to government officials, worried citizens and businesses affected by the rising river.
“It was crucial to have an elected official to speak to and for the community,” said Nader, who is chairing Mayor Gary Herzig’s ad hoc Charter Review Committee.
The power to call out police and fire in an emergency situation was given to the city manager under the new charter, but at tonight’s meeting the review committee concluded – with some dissension from members of the original Charter Revision Commission – that the power should revert back to the mayor.
For now, the suggestion is just that. When the ad hoc committee’s review is done, Common Council would be able to make minor changes to the charter. However, significant changes would require a public vote, like the one that approved the original charter by 71 percent of voters in 2010.
Editor’s Note: This is the full text of Oneonta Common Council member Larry Malone’s address to his colleagues this past Tuesday, details his efforts to ensure City Manager Martin Murphy was equitably reviewed before Murphy’s dismissal last month.
I submit this summary of the 2015 City Manager Performance Review Process as part of the permanent record of the Oneonta City Council. There are three motivations for this statement: 1) to outline the design of the process; 2) to provide timelines and assess the implementation of the review, and; 3) to answer challenges regarding the integrity of the process.
The 2015 City Manager Performance Review Process was developed to comply with the City of Oneonta Charter, Section C 16 A, which states “The City Manager’s performance shall be annually evaluated by the Common Council and the Mayor.”
In assuming leadership for designing the Review, I sought to collaborate with Council Members to create a process that would be handed down to future Councils. There were two performance reviews of former City Manager Michael Long. The first of those reviews, at Mr. Long’s request after three months of service, was in November/December, 2013. It included 360 degree (multi-rater) interviews of Department Heads conducted by Dr. Robert McEvoy, Rockefeller College, SUNY Albany, who was paid $5,000 as a consultant. Council Members also summited memos of appraisal and Mr. Long provided a written self-assessment. Dr. McEvoy presented a summary of his interviews to the Council. Mayor Miller and the Council completed a second review of Mr. Long in spring, 2014. It consisted of interviews of Department Heads conducted by the Mayor, Council Member appraisals, an assessment of goals progress, and a self-assessment submitted by Mr. Long.
ONEONTA – When City Manager Martin Murphy read The Daily Star on Wednesday, April 22, he was surprised to see that Council Member Mike Lynch, Fourth Ward, was quoted as saying that he had conversations with city workers who felt “either that they’re not getting the respect they deserve or they feel that they have no voice.”
It was news to him. “Until recently, I was not aware of concerns by city employees,” he said. “None were brought to my attention.”
But the message of the special Common Council meeting held early this morning was clear: The council supported Murphy, and that City Hall and the people of Oneonta need to work together.
“The last couple days have been humbling,” said Council member Chip Holmes, Eighth Ward. “This is one of those glass half full moments – we can go forward or we can stumble.”
“Mr. Murphy is extremely capable, talented and fit for the job,” said Maureen Hennessy, First Ward. “Communication is key, and I’m sure we can all work on that.”
And many in the city stood with them. “No one likes change,” said Laurie Zimniewicz, a member of the original Charter Revision Commission that crafted a city manager form of governor for Oneonta. “But no one should be disrespected. Our city needs to figure this out; we need to get together and make this work.”
Council member Mike Lynch, Fourth Ward, whose comments to The Daily Star regarding the proposed 360 review of City Manager Martin Murphy ignited the firestorm, was not present. “He spoke for all of us about things that had never been discussed,” said Holmes.
On Tuesday, April 21, in a mid-session executive session, Council voted unanimously to move forward with the 360 Review that Larry Malone, Second Ward, compiled based on the review similar to the one Robert McEvoy, a public service professor at SUNY Albany who specializes in local government management, gave former City Manager Mike Long.