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With 4 New Members Due, County Board In Transition

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OF TODAY’S DECEMBER MEETING

With 4 New Members Due,

County Board In Transition

County Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, delivers her valedictory today at her last regular meeting on the Otsego County Board of Representatives. She and county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, are retiring at the end of the year. Stuligross, Powers and two other departing reps, Len Carson and Craig Gelbsman, both Oneonta Republicans, were praised in resolutions passed by their colleagues. Incoming reps are Danny Lapin, Adrienne Martini and Liz Shannon of Oneonta, and Michele Farwell of Gilbertsville. (Video by Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta’s County Candidates Debate Jobs, Solar, Wifi, More

Oneonta’s County Candidates

Debate Jobs, Solar, Broadband

Oneonta candidates running for Otsego County Board of Representatives this evening discussed issues at a League of Women Voters debate at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.  From left are county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his challenger, Adrienne Martini, District 12; county Rep. Len Carson and his challenger, Danny Lapin, District 13;  and Liz Shannon and Wilson Wells, running to succeed county Rep. Kay Stuligross, who is retiring in District 14. The increasing opioid problem, initiating economic development, getting countywide Broadband, county budget management and the supporting of the arts and theater venues. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Gelbsman At IGA Committee; Carson Assumes Public Safety
CLARK’S COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Gelbsman Put On IGA Helm;

Carson To Lead Public Safety

County Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta, give the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee report at this morning's reorganizational committee. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
County Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta, gives the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee report at this morning’s reorganizational committee.   At right is one of his Oneonta colleagues, Democrat Gary Koutnik.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Freshmen Len Carson, R-Oneonta, right, and David Bliss, R-Middlefield, get to know their colleagues before this morning's meeting got underway.
Freshmen Len Carson, R-Oneonta, right, and David Bliss, R-Middlefield, get to know their colleagues before this morning’s meeting got underway.

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.

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Swearing-Ins Raise Hopes Of New Beginnings In City

Swearing-Ins Raise Hopes

Of New Beginning For City

2 DYNASTIES MEET – If swearing-in ceremonies are about the future, that was quadruple the case at noon today in the Foothills Atrium, symbolized by the meeting of the Levinson and Gelbsman clans. Both newly elected Common Council member and her husband, Rick, and reelected county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his wife Melinda each have four children: Donald and Delilah, 8, Dahlia, 7, and Dannah, 4, Levinson; and Aidan, 10, Reese, 8, Scarlett, 5, and Hudson, 2, Gelbsman. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
2 DYNASTIES MEET – If swearing-in ceremonies are about the future, that was quadruple the case – times 2 – at noon today in Oneonta’s Foothills Atrium, symbolized by the meeting of the Levinson and Gelbsman clans. Both newly elected Common Council member and her husband, Rick, left, and reelected county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his wife Melinda. right, have four children each.  At left are three of the four Levinson children, who are twins Donald and Delilah, 8, Dahlia, 7, and Dannah, 4.  At right are the Gelbsmans, Aidan, 10, Reese, 8, Scarlett, 5, and Hudson, 2. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

SEE SLIDE SHOW FROM TODAY’S SWEARING-INS 

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Gelbsman To Replace Embattled Colleague

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

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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.

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