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EDITORIAL: ISN’T IT TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Editorial, June 15, 2018

ISN’T IT TIME

FOR A CHANGE?

Elect Len Carson County Sheriff.

Able, Proven Public Servant

Would Change Conversation

ELECT LEN CARSON SHERIFF Distinguished Firefighter, Businessman, Veteran

When you think about it, with the amount of baggage both Republican and Democratic designees for county sheriff are carrying, 2018 would be a great opportunity for a third person to run as an independent.
You may have a favorite candidate of your own, but how about someone like Len Carson, the Oneonta Republican who narrowly lost reelection to his seat on the Otsego County Board of Representatives last November despite distinguishing himself as bright, level-headed and forward-thinking during his tenure.
Just that term – “an Oneonta Republican” – speaks to his ability to reach across party lines in the Democrat-dominated city.
He’s a veteran – an able president of the Oneonta Vets’ Club – a distinguished firefighter and EMS leader, who in retirement from the Oneonta Fire Department founded DC Marketing,
the electronic billboard company.
And still a young man – in his 50s – he remains creatively involved in civic life as a future-looking member of the Oneonta Airport Commission.
As a former county rep, he knows his way around county government, and,
as former chairman of the county board’s Public
Safety Committee, the sheriff’s department.
Plus, in the turmoil in the sheriff’s department of his final year, he no doubt learned more about its inner workings than he wished.

There are positives for Carson in the negatives.
Incumbent Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., the Republican nominee, while often serving ably, has been embroiled in controversy for 18 months now, unable to resolve serious allegations surrounding his son, Ros.
Ros was accused of threatening an “incident” at Milford or Oneonta schools so he, unhindered, could commit suicide in front of a supervisor critical of him.

Devlin
Fernandez

It might happen, but it’s conceivable the case will still be hanging out there on Nov. 6, when voters go to the polls. If so, would you want to vote for Devlin?
The Democratic designee, retired state trooper Bob Fernandez, has an albatross hanging around his neck: As county board chair, his wife, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, did significant damage to the welfare of her constituents, evident dramatically in the past few days when two top executives of the county nursing home – privatizing it was one of her signature achievements – were hauled into court on felony charges of endangering patients.
Plus, some Republicans believe that Clark led the charge against Devlin to open the way for her husband’s candidacy? With that nagging question, would you want to vote for Fernandez when you go into the polling booths Nov. 6.

The positives for Carson are also in the positives.
While defeated for reelection by a mere five votes, Carson left office squeaky clean. He was generally admired by his colleagues, and very well may have been elected county board chairman if only three voters had cast ballots the other way.
There’s plenty of time to run as an independent. The independent candidate would have to collect a mere 795 signatures. He and his no-doubt many supporters could begin circulating petitions July 10, and submit them by Aug. 14-21.
Plus, a three-way race means someone could win with perhaps as little as 35 percent of balloting; a quarter of the county’s population lives in Carson’s home city.
Very doable.

We have a president who’s seeking to drain what he calls “the swamp” of Washington D.C. – Godspeed! But we have a little swamp here, and – arguably – both Devlin and Fernandez are part of it.
Let’s drain our little swamp. Elect Len Carson sheriff of Otsego County on Nov. 6, 2018.

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Fernandez Kicks Off Campaign

Fernandez Plans

Primary Vs. Devlin

Trooper Makes Bid For Sheriff Official

Bob Fernandez announces he’ll challenge incumbent Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., in a Sept. 19 Republican primary. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Retired state trooper Bob Fernandez plans to challenge incumbent Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. in a Sept. 19 primary for the Republican nomination, he announced at his official campaign kickoff Saturday at the Oneonta Vets Club.

“We really are going to try to turn this sheriff’s office around,” Fernandez told a crowd of well-wishers. “We going to make it a better office, a more cooperative office within our community, and use the resources that are available to us in order to safeguard our communities.”

In early March, the Otsego County Republican Committee, meeting in Milford, endorsed Devlin over Fernandez, who is husband of former county Board Chairman Kathy Clark, R-Otego.

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Bob Fernandez Makes It Official: He’s Running For County Sheriff

Bob Fernandez Makes It Official:

He’s Running For County Sheriff

Bob Fernandez

ONEONTA – Retired state trooper Bob Fernandez of Otego is announcing his candidacy for Otsego County sheriff at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Oneonta Veterans Club on Chestnut Street.

“The people of Otsego County deserve a professional law enforcement leader with experience and integrity,” he said in announcing the date.

Fernandez is challenging incumbent Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

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Another Local Candidate For Congress, Much More

Another Local Candidate

For Congress, Much More

A second Otsego County candidate, Erin Collier of Cooperstown, has announced she is challenging U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, this year. The first local candidate, Sue Sullivan, dropped out late last year after she found she was unable to raise sufficient money. Read about Collier, the GOP endorsement of Sheriff Devlin, a celebrated Maine brewer’s return to his hometown of Oneonta, and much more, in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on local newsstands this afternoon.
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County GOP Backs Devlin For 4th Term

County GOP Backs

Devlin For 4th Term

Fernandez Plans Primary Challenge

Bob Fernandez
Rich Devlin

MILFORD – The Otsego County Republican Committee endorsed county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. Saturday for a fourth term, according to county Chairman Vice Casale.

Casale said retired state trooper Bob Fernandez said he will circulate petitions to primary Devlin in a Sept. 10 primary.

The GOP chair said the secret ballot garnered 2-1 support for Devlin.  Fernandez said the actual count was 42-27.

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Inquiry Into Sheriff Resumes Tomorrow

Inquiry Into Sheriff

Resumes Tomorrow

Will County Board Chair Clark Sit In?

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Chairman Clark

COOPERSTOWN – Two unopened boxes of personnel records from the county Sheriff’s Department have been turned over to the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee and will be opened and catalogued tomorrow afternoon, according to the committee’s chairman, Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla.

Frazier said today he has invited his committee members, plus county Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta – who, as an attorney, has “a unique skill set” – to review the latest material, along with County Attorney Ellen Coccoma and perhaps the county’s labor lawyer, Matt Ryan.

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Devlin: Politics Prevents Fair County Investigation
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Devlin: Politics Prevents

Fair County Investigation

He Asks For NY Commission of Correction Review
Sheriff Richard J. Devlin

COOPERSTOWN – In light of an article in today’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. has issued a statement “questioning the integrity” of the county Board of Representatives’  investigation of his department “since a political motive has now emerged.”

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If the county board has any evidence of wrongdoing in his department, it should provide it to him so he can ask the state Commission of Correction to investigate it, the sheriff said.

Devlin cited the article headlined, “Clark’s Husband Sheriff Prospect?” which reported county Democratic chair Richard Abbate has been sounded out twice on whether his party would cross-endorse Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper and county board Chair Kathy Clark’s husband, if he were to run for county sheriff in 2018.

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Clark’s Husband Sheriff Prospect?
Republished From This Week’s Editions
Of Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta

Clark’s Husband

Sheriff Prospect?

Devlin: She Should Recuse Self

In The Investigation Of My Son

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County board chair Kathy Clark and her husband Bob Fernandez. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – It seems county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, may be playing two roles in the investigation of county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr.

►One, an inquisitor, participating in the March 9 meeting of the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee, which is investigating whether the sheriff’s son, Sgt. Ros Devlin, received special treatment following a “workplace violence incident” Jan. 9 at the county jail.

►Two, as spouse to the man who may be a challenger to Devlin in the 2018 sheriff’s election, Bob Fernandez, Clark’s husband and a recently retired state trooper.
Asked about the talk in political circles, Richard Abbate, chairman of the Democratic County Committee, said he was approached two times in recent months by Democrats sounding him out on whether the committee would cross-endorse Fernandez, a Republican, in next year’s race.

Abbate said he didn’t know of the Democrats who approached him were actually doing so at Clark or Fernandez’ request, but “if that’s the case, she should recuse herself” from the Devlin investigation.

A contact to Clark and Fernandez went unanswered.

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