CLARK’S COMMITTEE CHAIRS
COOPERSTOWN – Three of Oneonta’s five county reps are emerging as key players in the fifth year that county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, will chair the county Board of Representatives:
- Craig Gelbsman, R-12 (representing Wards 3 and 4), in his second term, will chair the influential Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which oversees economic development. Already, Gelbsman has been serving as the county board’s liaison on the Otsego Now (IDA) board. As IGA chair, he succeeds Rick Hulse, R-Fly Creek, who left the board at the end of the year, and also takes over as chair of the Government Efficiency Committee, which Hulse initiated.
- Freshman Len Carson, R-13 (representing Ward 5 and 6), will chair the Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee, overseeing the sheriff’s department, emergency services and 911. Carson is a recently retired captain in the Oneonta Fire Department. He succeeds Don Lindberg, R-Worcester, who retired.
- Veteran Kay Stuligross, D-14 (Wards 7 and 8), has replaced Republican Janet Hurley Quakenbush, who left the board at the end of the year, chairing the Health & Education Committee. Despite diverging with Clark on a number of issues, she has been the chair’s go-to person on tough issues, such as the sale of Otsego Manor. She had no chairmanships last year.
Gelbsman To Replace Embattled Colleague
As County Board’s Liaison To IDA Board
Editor’s Note: This article was edited for space in this week’s print editions. This is the complete version.
By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com
Given a colleague’s legal troubles, county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta, is in line for appointment as liaison to the county IDA, the Industrial Development Agency that is spearheading redevelopment of Pony Farm Industrial Park.
He would replace county Rep. Betty Anne Schwerd, R-Edmeston, who District Attorney John Muehl said is under investigation for misuse of campaign funds following a complaint by her former employer, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.