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Comprehensive Steering Committee Revises Vision Statement

Comp Plan Committee

Revises Vision Statement

Oneonta resident Al Rubin, a member of Oneonta’s Comprehensive Master Plan Revision Committee, discusses the wording of the current vision statement, which appears at the beginning of the comprehensive plan. Rubin is the chair of the steering committee tasked with creating the comprehensive plan.  At right is committee member Seth Clark. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

LEAF Director Julie Dostal reads the revised vision.

ONEONTA – The city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee agreed nothing should be left to interpretation in new plan:  It met for an hour tonight to simply re-word the vision statement.

The vision statement summarizes the characteristics of the city, and what the future should be. In essence, the vision statement summarizes the entire comprehensive plans in a few short sentences.

“In my line of work, this is what we would call a mission statement, rather than a vision statement,” said LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal, committee  member.

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Rubin, Catan Elected Town Fire Commissioners

Rubin, Catan Elected

Town Fire Commissioners

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With 82 votes for Al Rubin and 83 votes for Michelle Catan, the two join Johna Peachin, Ron Peters and Fred Volpe on the Town of Oneonta Fire Commission.

Voter turnout was higher than normal in an election that can attract results in the single digits,  with both candidates supporting paid fire protection from the City of Oneonta.

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‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar Begins In This Week’s Papers

‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar

Begins In This Week’s Papers

Lots of news, from former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller’s prospective elevation to county Democratic chair to folk artist Lavern Kelley’s entry into the Library of Congress. But this edition also marks the beginning of this year’s “Happy Christmas” calendar – with 53 (count ’em, 53) holiday-related events listed in the next 10 days. Get in the spirit of the season, and here’s home. Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal will be on newsstands this afternoon around the county.
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Foxcare Gala Enjoys ‘Night At The Oscars’

Foxcare Gala Enjoys

‘Night At The Oscars’

Al Rubin and wife Michelle dancing the night away at the 27th annual Foxcare Gala held at the Foxcare Gala this evening. The theme this year was ‘Night at The Oscars’ and local stars got to walk the red carpet, get their photo with an Oscar, as well as enjoy fine dining and dancing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mayor Herzig Appoints Comprehensive Plan Committee

Mayor Appoints Committee

To Revise City’s Comp Plan

Mayor Gary Herzig announces the nine members of the steering committee for the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council Member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, will serve on the committee.

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, developer Seth Clark and Destination Oneonta’s Rachel Jessup were all named this evening to the Steering Committee to update the city’s comprehensive master plan.

“This is the group that will facilitate the update to the 2007 comprehensive plan, incorporating the City’s vision, addressing the railyards and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

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A&D’s Al Rubin: Competition Welcome, But Safety Required

A&D’s Al Rubin: Competition

Welcome, But Safety Required

Alan Rubin, president of A&D Transportation Services, appeared before Common Council this evening to suggest drafting of a series of safety regulations for any company coming in offering rides. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Al Rubin, president of A&D Transportation Services and an adopter of Uber-like Red Route, wants to make sure that, if Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing companies do come into Oneonta, that local riders will be safe.

“You want to know who’s operating in your city,” he told Common Council during the public hearing on the city’s Taxi and Livery code earlier this evening.  “You want to regulate against surge pricing, make sure these companies are going to help police if they need it.”

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Of Uber-Like Ride-Sharing In Oneonta

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Of Uber-Like Ride-Sharing In Oneonta

All it takes is an iPhone to participate in Oneonta’s new ride-sharing system, as demonstrated by A&D Transportation President Al Rubin, right, and dispatcher Patrick Meredith. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reported on Red Route, an Uber-like ride-sharing system being pioneered in Otsego County by A&D Transportation Services.

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