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Governor Cuomo

Again, Ommegang Tops, This Time In ‘Taste NY’

Again, Ommegang Tops,

This Time In ‘Taste NY’

Three Philosophers Shines In State Contest
Governor Cuomo and Taste NY Judge Mario Batali toast with a glass of Three Philosophers as Ommegang was announced last evening as one of two statewide winners. (courtesy Governor’s Office)

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang tied with Roscoe Beer Co. of Delaware County in a blind taste test featuring the five breweries that received the most online votes in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge.

Governor Cuomo announced the grand winners Wednesday evening at Pier A on Battery Place in Manhattan.

The rest of the top five were Genesee Brewing, Rochester, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn, and Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood.

All of the finalists in the call-in contest that preceded the blind taste test were from Upstate New York, a fact not lost on amny.com, which headlined its story, “New York City Snubbed in Beer Taste Challenge.”

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Governor Sends $417,000 To Raze Oneonta For Hulk

Governor Sends $417,000

To Raze Oneonta Ford Hulk

ONEONTA – The Cuomo Administration today announced a $477,915 allocation to be used toward the demolition of the former Oneonta Ford building at Chestnut and South Main to make way for the new Susquehanna Regional Food & Beverage Hub.

Concidentally, at an Otsego Now hearing this morning on taking the property by eminent domain, spokesmen for its owner, the Twelve Tribes, testified $150,000 offered for the property is insufficient; the governor’s announcement came this afternoon.

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Cuomo Envoy Details Investments Upstate

STATE OF STATE IN ONEONTA

Cuomo Envoy Details

Investments Upstate

With Governor Cuomo’s six-stop statewide tour to deliver his State of the State speech complete, his commissioners today fanned out to New York’s smaller cities to give slide shows and answer the questions of local audiences, as RoAnn Destito, state Office of General Services commissioner, did for 50 elected officials, businesspeople and SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski and her team members at Foothills in Oneonta this afternoon.  Listening, top photo, are, from left, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, and Common Council members David Rissberger and Melissa Nicosia.  In photo at left, Mayor Gary Herzig listens to the presentation, in which the $10 million in state Downtown Revitalization Initiative money to Oneonta was mentioned several times.  Behind Herzig are County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Otsego, left, and Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Springbrook Wages Rise To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

Springbrook Hikes Pay

To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

 Goal: Attract Employees, Lower Turnover

Tyrone Lohr, Maggie Reopell and Noble Champen were chosen by their fellow DSPs to represent their point of view in an upcoming article in the Springbrook newsletter.

ONEONTA – Springbrook is getting ahead of Governor Cuomo’s minimum-wage increases, raising its “direct support professionals”  to the 2019 level, effective New Year’s Day.

Otsego County’s third largest employer, Springbrook provides residential living for disabled children and adults on its Milford Center campus and group homes around the region.

The wage increase for its DSPs is a $1.2 million investment, Springbrook said in announcing the wage hikes today.

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Otsego County Wins Big, But Oneonta Wins Biggest

AGAIN, GOVERNOR BLESSES CITY

Otsego County Wins Big,

But Oneonta Wins Biggest

Governor Cuomo announced Regional Economic Development Corp. funding, including almost $7 million for Otsego County, at The Egg yesterday.
Governor Cuomo announces Regional Economic Development Corp. funding, including almost $7 million for Otsego County, at The Egg yesterday.

ONEONTA – A tally of the CFAs for Otsego County announced yesterday by Governor Cuomo totals $6,898,325, a record.

Big winners are in Oneonta:  $3 million for “food hub” (Susquehanna Regional Food & Beverage Hub), $1 million for continued development of the D&H Railyards, and a half-million for Market Street Food & Craft Beverage Innovation District.

Also,$641,000 to repair the lower dam on the city’s reservoir system, $420,000 for a regional composting facility in Oneonta, and $200,000 for microenterprise grants in the city.

CLICK FOR LIST OF $7M IN LOCAL PROJECTS

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Powers, Frazier Back Constitution Pipeline

Powers, Frazier Back

Constitution Pipeline

County Reps. Draft Letter To Cuomo

For Their Colleagues’ Consideration

County Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, offers an draft a letter to Governor Cuomo urging approval of the Constitution Pipeline. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
County Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, offers to draft a letter to Governor Cuomo urging approval of the Constitution Pipeline. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

"I'll help," said county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board's co-chair.
“I’ll help,” said county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board’s co-chair.

COOPERSTOWN – The county Board of Representatives may be reentering the natural-gas fray in favor of the Constitution Pipeline project.

County Reps. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, and Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, the board’ vice chair, this morning volunteered to draft a letter for the board’s consideration as reps began focusing information from their strategic planning process into a half-dozen first-round priorities.

One of the “key initiatives” in the plan is:  “Support the Constitution Pipeline and Leatherstocking Pipeline in appropriate locations in the county.”

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Oneonta To Compete For Whole $10 Million

Oneonta To Compete

For Whole $10 Million

Herzig:  Winning Cuomo Contest

Will Put City Over ‘Tipping Point’

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta is "a cool place" at "a tipping point," and and city will compete for $10 million in state downtown-redevelopment funds to put it over the top, Mayor Herzig told the League of Women Voters this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com_
Oneonta is “a cool place” at “a tipping point,” and the city will compete for $10 million in state downtown-redevelopment funds to put it over the top, Mayor Herzig told the League of Women Voters this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig this evening announced the City of Oneonta will be submitting an application by the 4 p.m. deadline next Tuesday seeking the whole $10 million Governor Cuomo has designated for downtown redevelopment in the Mohawk Valley.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters, Oneonta chapter, Herzig said the City of the Hills “has been pushing a boulder up a hill … When you get to the top, it only takes a little push to get it over the top.”

Oneonta is at “a tipping point,” he said.

The $10 million, he said, is that little push, all that Oneonta needs to move dramatically forward, to leverage private investment to address the city’s two key needs:  more good-paying jobs and sufficient housing, now lacking “at every income level.”

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Tanning Salons Face Violations In Oneonta, Richfield Springs

 Tanning Salons Face Violations

In Oneonta, Richfield Springs

Tanning booths at Tanning Bed, a tanning salon at 76 Chestnut St., in Oneonta, and Main St. Styles, 112 Main St., Richfield Springs, were found to have safety violations and unsafe conditions after an inspection by the state Department of Health, according to a media release from Governor Cuomo’s office.

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