ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, county board reps and local elected officials will be sworn in for new terms at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan 1., at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel. The new county Democratic chair, Kim Muller, will emcee.
Meanwhile, that morning, the new county treasurer, Allen Ruffles, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. at the county courthouse in Cooperstown by county Judge John Lambert.
With Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood to his left, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his right, Santa Claus admires the City of Oneonta’s Christmas Tree just after it was lit this evening in Muller Plaza. As if scripted in a movie, snow began to fall just as the tree’s lights came on for the very first time. Christopher Brashear, pictured at right, and the Klipnocky Clangers handbell choir played holiday tunes to help get everyone in the holiday spirit. After the lighting, Santa occupied his cottage and began hearing youngsters’ Christmas wishes. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – In advance of last night’s debate at Foothills, the mayors of Otsego County’s largest communities – Oneonta’s Gary Herzig and Cooperstown’s Jeff Katz – endorsed Zephyr Teachout for the 19th Congressional District seat.
ONEONTA – Half of state Sen. Jim Seward’s $200,000 “pilot program” money to help the City of Oneonta cope with impacts of SUNY Oneonta will be used for tax relief, Mayor Gary Herzig told the audience at this morning’s presentation on the state budget at Foothills Performing Arts Center.
He also expressed thanks to Seward for getting the money in the 2016-17 state budget. (Another $200,000 was allocated for Cortland.)
“While we love the having the college here; while we love having the students here – there is a cost,” the mayor said in remarks this morning before introducing state Veterans’ Affairs Director Eric Hesse, sent here by Governor Cuomo to give a presentation on the state budget, approved on deadline a week ago today for the sixth year in a row.
ONEONTA – The public is invited to a presentation, by a member of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet, on the 2016-17 state budget, Mayor Gary Herzig announced today. The presentation will be 9 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center.
ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig this afternoon declined to accept an offer to provide fire protection to Town of Oneonta Fire District #1 for three months at monthly charge 10 percent below what Common Council rejected earlier in the week.
The Fire District is facing a Dec. 31 deadline to renew its contract for service from the Oneonta Fire Department or lose fire-protection in the new year.
“I am … perplexed by your proposal that ‘the city agree to a three-month contract in the amount of $80,000’,” Herzig responded today to a proposal sent yesterday by the Fire District’s lawyer, Terence Hannigan of Delmar. “In my e-mail of 12/16/16 to the commissioners, I notified them that the City Council failed to consider a multi-year contract valued at $85,893 per month for the first year.
ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now president, will discuss Oneonta economic development projects he has been working on with the city at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Gary Herzig announced this evening.
“While all are in very preliminary stages, there is much potential here,” said the mayor.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Common Council chambers at City Hall.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, appointed last month but up for election next Tuesday for a term to begin Jan. 1, was interviewed by AllOTSEGO.com’s Don Mathisen on his plans. This is the second of five excerpts that will appear on this website daily through Saturday.