ALBANY – Governor Cuomo plans to target five Republican Congressman, including John Faso, R-19, who represents Otsego County, in a “New York Fights Back” campaign to be announced today, according to reporter Ken Lovett, New York Daily News’ Albany correspondent.
Three Philosophers Shines In State Contest
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.”
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.
STATE OF STATE IN ONEONTA
Cuomo Envoy Details
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)
Springbrook Hikes Pay
To Cuomo’s 2019 Level
Goal: Attract Employees, Lower Turnover
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.
The wage increase for its DSPs is a $1.2 million investment, Springbrook said in announcing the wage hikes today.
AGAIN, GOVERNOR BLESSES CITY
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.
County Reps. Draft Letter To Cuomo
For Their Colleagues’ Consideration
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.”
Herzig: Winning Cuomo Contest
Will Put City Over ‘Tipping Point’
By JIM KEVLIN • for www.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.”
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.