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EDITORIAL: In 40 Visits, Brian Flynn Earns Democrats’ Support

Editorial, June 22, 2018

In 40 Visits, Brian Flynn

Earns Democrats’ Support

If for nothing more than the knowledge he’s gained about Otsego County and its issues in 40-some visits over the past year, Brian Flynn is the logical
candidate for local Democrats to support in the party’s 19th Congressional District primary Tuesday, June 26. The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Absent someone actually from Otsego County – Cooperstown’s Erin Collier was an attractive entry, but it appears she got involved too late to gain sufficient traction – we need a candidate in a Hudson-Valley-heavy field who cares about Oneonta and Greater Cooperstown.
We also need a congressman who’s strategic, and Flynn has proved he is: By focusing on Otsego, plus Schoharie and Delaware, while others ignored us, he may have carved out the relatively few votes, perhaps as few as 4,500, to win in the seven-person race.

Parker Fish/The Freeman’s Journal – Brian Flynn, seen here with fellow Democratic hopeful Erin Collier at the debate earlier this month at Cooperstown Central School’s Sterling Auditorium, deserves county Democrats’ support in the June 26 primary.

Flynn has also sought out key local folks for his campaign staff, including the brainy Leslie Berliant, who ran for county rep from the Town of Middlefield last fall, and MacGuire Benton of Cooperstown, former Otsego County Young Democrats’ president. Clark Oliver of Oneonta, Benton’s successor at the YDs, was also on the staff for a while.
And Flynn’s also courted and largely won over most of the county’s top Democrats, from county Rep. Gary Koutnik, Oneonta, the ranking Democrat on the county board, to activists Deb Marcus of Oneonta and Melinda Hardin of Cooperstown, to the potent Sustainable Otsego leadership.
(Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, referred to Jeff Beals by a cousin’s wife – no, Beals is not the mayor’s cousin – has been the odd man out in supporting the Woodstock teacher-by-way-of-the-CIA.)
Flynn, while he’s only lived fulltime in the 19th for less than two years – with wife Amy and children Bo, 14, and Heddah, 10 – he has roots, and family roots. He has owned that home in Hunter in Greene County’s ski country for the past 13 years (and bought the property 15 years ago, after a fire, and rebuilt it.) And his grandfather was a bartender and grandmother a chambermaid in Catskill hotels. The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Center in East Durham, on the road from Cobleskill to Catskill, is named after a great uncle.
Moreover, he’s got the energy, the brains, an engaging personality, the high-level contacts – his partner in Schlossberg:Flynn, an investment firm, is Caroline Kennedy’s husband, Ed – and the money – both he and big-firm lawyer Antonio Delgado have raised almost $1 million – to win, and this should matter to Democrats.

Whether it should matter to the rest of us remains to be seen, as Flynn and our current congressman, Albany veteran John Faso, R-Kinderhook, sharpen their focus on the issues from the end of June to November.
As we’ve noted here before, Faso would be unobjectionable in normal times; he’s done what a congressman who wants to make a difference would normally do: Get key committee posts, cleave to the party line, but break with the party when sensible, on the merits and on the politics, to do so.
Both of these candidates could
capture the middle, and thus win.
But as Nov. 6 approaches, if it appears – as historical precedence suggests it might – that the House of Representatives will be recaptured overwhelmingly by the Democrats, then a switch to Flynn might make sense.
For now, Brian Flynn, who has gotten to know Otsego County, and vice versa, is the clear and best choice for local Democrats.
A strong turnout – even better, one that clearly is the clear factor in his nomination next Tuesday – would
lock in that relationship for the
benefit of both.

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Candidates For Town Council Debate At Town Hall

Oneonta Town Candidates Debate 

Oneonta Town Board candidates, from left, Republican Dan Baker, Democrats Patricia Jacob and  James McCue and Republican Randy Mowers answer questions about the town-city fire contract, economic development and environment, how the town will operate under the tax cap, and what they thing about XNG trucks going through the town. The four were proceeded by, at right, county Rep.  Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, and his Republican challenger, Breck Tarbell, right, who read position statements to a crowd at the town hall in West Oneonta. The event was hosted by the league of Women Voters. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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City Council And County Board Candidates Square Off at Debate

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City Council, County Board

Candidates Meet At Forum

Maureen Hennessey, Paul van Der Sommen, Jeff Back, Laura Dohner, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Levinson and Madolyn Palmer discuss their various positions as candidates for the upcoming Common Council positions for 1st, 4th and 5th Wards in Oneotna. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Common Council candidates express views at a League of Women Voters’ forum this evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Lounge.  From left at front table are, from left, Maureen Hennessy and Paul van Der Sommen running in First Ward; Jeff Back, Laura Dohner and  Michelle Osterhoudt, running in Fourth Ward, and Dana Levinson and Madolyn Palmer, running in Fifth Ward.  Election day is Tuesday,  Nov. 3.   Barbara Heim, at podium, moderates.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The league of Women Voters presented the debates at Morris Hall on the SUNY campus this afternoon where candidates for City Council and County Board discussed their stances on issues ranging from housing to City Managers. Here are the candidates for County Board; Janet Quackenbush, Andrew Stammel, Gary Koutnik, Craig Gelbsman and Amy HornburgHeilveil. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta candidates for the county Board of Representatives also appeared.  From left are county Rep. Janet Hurley-Quackenbush, R-Town of Oneonta, and Democratic challenger Andrew Stammel, the Oneonta Town Board member; County Rep. Gary Koutnick, D-District; – his challenger, James Phillips, failed to appear; and county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-12, and his challenger, Democrat Amy HornburgHeilveil. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
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