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County IGA Committee To Begin County-Manager Deliberations

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County IGA Committee To Begin

County-Manager Deliberations

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, reports to the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its February meeting Thursday that her committee will begin explorations of a county-manager system of government when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the government complex in Cooperstown.  At right is county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego.  (From Parker Fish video for AllOTSEGO.com)
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County Reps, 100 Attendees Consider County’s Future

County Reps, 100 Attendees

Consider County’s Future

Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president for regional engagement, presents “County Manager v. County Executive” to a full house at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center this morning. The 45-minute presentation, moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, outlined the pros and cons of both governmental structures, as well as ideas for how the Otsego County Board of Representatives might begin the process of considering new management models for the county. At right, incoming county Rep. Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, asks what resources might be available to the county board for further study. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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County Manager v. Committees? Marietta,Walker Views Opposite
DISTRICT 8 DEBATE (COOPERSTOWN/TOWN OF OTSEGO) 

County Manager v. Committees?

Marietta,Walker Views Opposite

County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, center, and his Republican challenger Tim Walker, left, make way for Otsego Town Board candidates after a lively hour-long debate this evening in the town hall in Fly Creek. The two took starkly contrasting positions how county government works or might work. Marietta supported the idea of a county manager, and of streamlining the committee system. Walker characterized a county manager as “another layer of bureaucracy” and said the committee systems works fine in the U.S. Congress. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Performance-Review Missteps Show Need For County Reform
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Performance-Review Missteps

Show Need For County Reform

Editor’s Note:  The letter was inadvertently not published in this week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.  Letters to the Editor for publication in the newspapers may be send to info@allotsego.com

To the Editor:

I am writing to continue the discussion about future of Otsego County government operations and achieving success for taxpayers.

I have outlined the many challenges we face with our current county government operation.  The status quo is not working, and there is consensus that change must occur, but there is disagreement about the path forward.

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