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Politics

Rebounding, Nardi To Explore Run Against Seward In 2018

Rebounding, Nardi To Explore

Running Against Seward In ’18

‘I Had A Lot Of Fun, Did A Lot Of Good,’ Democrat Says

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cathy Nardi at the end of today’s count.

COOPERSTOWN – Rebounding from her narrow loss in Republican-dominated District 3, Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi said today she is forming an “exploratory committee” to consider challenging incumbent Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the state Senate’s 51st District next November.

“I really had a lot of fun and I think I did a lot of good,” said Nardi, who came within eight votes of defeating county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens.  With absent ballots counted today, the final tally was 561-543 for Clark, a lead a mere 10 votes could have shifted.

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Absentees Affirm ‘Reform Coalition’ Can Take Control

Absentees Affirm

‘Reform Coalition’

Can Take Control

But Republican Chairman Declares:

GOP Will Construct Working Majority

Democrat Danny Lapin, left, the new county board representative from District 13, City of Oneonta, and Republican Len Carson shook hands after today’s tallies were announced. In the middle is Maguire Benton, former Otsego County Young Democrats chair. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s count of absentee ballots confirmed the Nov. 7 election results:  A bipartisan “Reform Coalition” can control the Otsego County Board of Representatives after Jan. 1, if like-minded Republicans and Democrats continue to find common ground.

At the end of an afternoon-long recount, with Lynn Krogh, a partner in Casale Associates, representing the GOP, and Richard Sternberg the Democrats:

  • The current county board chair, Kathy Clark, maintained a narrow District 3 edge against Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi in Otego/Laurens, 561 to 543.
  • In District 13, the City of Oneonta’s Wards 5 & 6, newcomer Danny Lapin, age 29, a Democrat, kept his lead against Republican incumbent Len Carson. The final tally was 252-247.

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Congressional Forum Brings Out Almost 700

6 DEMOCRATS VIE TO CHALLENGE FASO

Congressional Forum

Brings Out Almost 700

With town and county elections just five days behind us, almost 700 Democrats filled the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School auditorium and balcony in Hudson this afternoon to hear six candidates turn their sights on U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, the freshman up for reelection next November.  Among the attendees were Maguire Benton and John Stewart of Cooperstown, who are working for the campaign of Brian Flynn.  Richard Sternberg of Cooperstown was representing the Otsego County Democratic Committee.  Candidates at the front table are, from left, Jeff Beals, Gareth Rhodes, Antonio Delgado, Pat Ryan, David Clegg and Flynn.  At left is moderator Pam Kline of Indivisible 19, which helped recruit candidates to challenge Faso and organized today’s event.  The 19th District includes Otsego County.   Two candidates – CCS graduate Sue Sullivan and Steven Brisee – were among the six Congressional candidates who appeared at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club, but have since dropped out.  Since, Clegg and Ryan stepped up. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
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CANDIDATES QUESTIONNAIRES: 12 Races Contested For County Board

POLLS OPEN 6 a.m.-9 p.m., NOV. 7

12 Races Contested

For County Board

The Otsego County office complex, upper Main Street, Cooperstown. (AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

DISTRICT 1, Unadilla

Ed Frazier, Republican

Tom Spychalski, Democrat

DISTRICT 2, Morris/Butternuts/Pittsfield

Michele Farwell, Democrat

James Hoffman, Republican

William Hunt, Independent

DISTRICT 3, Otego/Laurens

Kathy Clark, Republican

Cathy Nardi, Democrat

DISTRICT 4, Town of Oneonta

Andrew Stammel, Democrat

Breck Tarbell, Republican

DISTRICT 5, Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon

Meg Kennedy, Republican

Pat Ryan, Democrat

DISTRICT 6, Worcester/Maryland

/Westford/Decatur

Chad McEvoy, Democrat

Peter Oberacker, Republican

DISTRICT 7, Cooperstown/Middlefield

/Cherry Valley/Roseboom

Leslie Berliant, Democrat

David Bliss, Republican

DISTRICT 8, Cooperstown/Town of Otsego

Andrew Marietta, Democrat

Tim Walker, Republican

DISTRICT 9, Springfield/Richfield

Nicole Dillingham, Democrat

Keith McCarty, Republican

DISTRICT 10, Burlington/Edmeston/Pittsfield

Dan Wilber, Republican, unopposed

DISTRICT 11, City of Oneonta, Wards 1,2

Gary Koutnik, Democrat, unopposed

DISTRICT 12, City of Oneonta, Wards 3, 4

Craig Gelbsman, Republican

Adrienne Martini, Democrat

DISTRICT 13, City of Oneonta, Wards 5,6

Len Carson, Republican

Danny Lapin, Democrat

DISTRICT 14, City of Oneonta, Wards 7,8

Liz Shannon, Democrat

Wilson Wells, Independent

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Campaign Events Wednesday In Towns Of Milford, Oneonta

Campaign Events Wednesday

In Towns Of Milford, Oneonta

The campaign season is in full swing leading up to local elections Tuesday, Nov. 7, with events planned in the towns of Milford and Oneonta tomorrow evening.

As 7 p.m. at the new community center (former American Legion) in Milford, a meet and greet will feature incumbent Meg Kennedy and challenger Pat Ryan, who are running for county representative in the Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon district.

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Council Bids Patterson Farewell

Council Bids

Patterson Farewell

Retiring Public Transit Director Paul Patterson gives his final report to Common Council this evening to thunderous applause from the council members. Details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Inside, Outside The Otesaga, Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Inside, Outside The Otesaga,

Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Veteran Republican consultant Roger Stone, top photo, left, shares insights with, from right, Otsego County Republican chairman Vince Casale, Lynne Krogh and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. last evening at the annual county Republican Dinner at The Otesaga.  Stone, who has recently published “The Making of The American President 2016,” said the Netflix movie based on the book has caused a spike in sales.  Controversial dating back to his days as an operative for President Richard M. Nixon, as well as his friendship with President Trump, Stone’s appearance also stirred a protest across Lake Street from the resort hotel, led by Maguire Benton, president of the Otsego County Young Democrats, in photo at left.  With him are Toni McGrath, right, and Anita Pratt, both of Delmar, where they belong to a “huddle,” a group seeking to apply lessons learned at the Women’s March in Washington in January.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Republican To Challenge Marietta For County Board

Republican To Challenge

Marietta For County Board

Dems Berliant, Martini Target Bliss, Gelbsman

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Walker today officially announced his candidacy for Otsego County Board Representatives in District 8, Town of Otsego (which includes most of Cooperstown).

He is challenging Democrat Andrew Marietta, who is completing his first term and plans to run again.

While the deadline for filing petitions is still a month away, the fall campaign is already heating up.

In the last 24 hours, Leslie Berliant, a writer and entrepreneur, announced she is challenging David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, and Hartwick College professor Adrienne Martini is challenging Craig Gelbsman, R-City of Oneonta.  In all, Democrats have identified 12 candidates so far to run in the 14 districts.

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Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises

Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.
19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.

TROY — Thursday night’s debate between Zephyr Teachout and John Faso largely mirrored the first encounter between the two congressional candidates, reprising themes of the outsider versus the insider, the carpetbagger versus the faithful local, Politico is reporting.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TEACHOUT-FASO DEBATE
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