Above, members of OHS’s Uncle John and the Turtle Ella Pawkett, Ben Airhart and Gabe House belt out classic rock tunes in the Foothills atrium to close out the evening. Right: fireworks light up the night sky as Jessie Morville, spins fire with Cosmic Karma Fire outside of Foothills Preforming Arts Center as Otsego County heads into 2018. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Above, Sensei Brooke Chilson, Oneonta, center, helps two of her students Oneonta’s Ethan Risley and Noah Harding, prepare for their demonstration this evening as they represent Harmony Martial Arts as part of the entertainment line-up at the 2018 First Night celebration at Foothills. At right, Raelyn Sinstack, Oneonta, dances with The Hill City Ice Queen to the sounds of the Realtime Dixieland Band in the mezzanine. Entertainment is ongoing throughout the building until the stroke of midnight, with a fireworks show at 10:18pm.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Above, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, along side Rich Abbate, Otsego County Democratic Chairman, addresses the democrats gathered at the annual Henry Nichols Democratic Dinner held at Foothills on Saturday evening. Local representatives were able to network and meet upcoming candidates while enjoying a prime rib dinner from Mel’s at 22 in Cooperstown. At left, guest of honor Jeff Katz, Mayor of Cooperstown, was the recognized for his work and leadership as an Otsego County Democrat. He is seated next to guest speaker Sabrina Ty, the president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Corporation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Thanks to an anonymous donation, the OHS Class of 2017 were able to enjoy their senior prom in the Atrium of Foothills, where they enjoyed dinner, dancing, daiquiris and a candy bar before heading to the after-prom party in the High School cafeteria for a chance to win prizes at casino games and raffles. Above, the dance floor was hopping throughout the night to tunes spun by DJ Hectic. At right, Nick Giacomelli and Maria Farrell enjoy a slow dance together as the evening winds to a close.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cuomo Administration Approves
All Of Oneonta’s $10M Proposal
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The whole thing.
Pretty much everything the Oneonta DRI Planning Committee asked for will be funded through $10 million pledged by the Cuomo Administration, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told an upbeat gathering at 12:30 today in Foothills’ upstair theater.
“At the end of the day, this community will be transformed,” Hochul said of the DRI, (which stands for downtown redevelopment initiative).
The $10 million did not include an additional $4 million already received for the Food & Beverage Innovation Center planned on the Twelve Tribes’ site at the foot of Chestnut Street.