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HERZIG

Snow Falls as Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

Hundreds Brave Snow As

Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

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)

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Katz, Herzig Endorse

Katz, Herzig Endorse Teachout

In 6/28 Congressional Primary

ballot boxONEONTA – 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.

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Half Of $200,000 Impact Aid Will Ease Taxes, Herzig Says
STATE BUDGET BRIEFING/2

Half Of $200,000 Impact Aid

Will Ease Taxes, Herzig Says

Mayor Herzig says half of Senator Seward's $200,000 in SUNY impact aid will go to property-tax relief. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Herzig says half of Senator Seward’s $200,000 in SUNY impact aid will go to property-tax relief. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

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Mayor Herzig Gives First ‘State Of City’

Mayor Herzig Gives

First ‘State Of City’

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig calls for better housing, more jobs and infrastructure repair in his first State of the City speech, delivered this evening in Common Council chambers.  (Click on image for full size.)  Listening, at left, from foreground, are Council members Joseph Ficano, John Rafter, Russ Southard and Dana Levinson; City Clerk Nancy Powell, Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford, who reviewed the year just past, and Council members Michelle Osterhoudt, David Rissberger, Melissa Nicosia and Paul van der Sommen.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.)
FULL TEXT IN HOMETOWN ONEONTA, ON NEWSSTANDS TOMORROW
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Mayor Declines To Accept Cut-Rate Fire District Offer

Mayor Declines To Accept

Cut-Rate Fire District Offer

Herzig Offers Face-To-Face Negotiations

Mayor Herzig
Mayor Herzig

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.

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Mathes To Brief Common Council On Development Projects In City

Mathes To Brief Common Council

On Development Projects In City

Sandy Mathes
Sandy Mathes

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.

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HERZIG PRIORITY: GOOD JOBS, BENEFITS

HERZIG PRIORITY:

GOOD JOBS, BENEFITS

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.

TOMORROW, HERZIG ON BUDGET

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Who’s Who In Oneonta Politics Showed Up At Herzig Reception
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Who’s Who In Oneonta Politics

Showed Up At Herzig Reception

Oneonta City Judge Lucy Bernier, who is running for a second term in the Nov. 3 elections, acknowledges applause after being introducted Wednesday by mayoral candidate Gary Herzig at a "celebration and fundraiser" for his candidacy at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.  More than 100 Herzig wellwishers showed up, a veritable who's who in Oneonta politics.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Oneonta City Judge Lucy Bernier, who is running for a second term in the Nov. 3 elections, acknowledges applause after being introduced Wednesday by mayoral candidate Gary Herzig at a “celebration and fundraiser” for his candidacy at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. More than 100 Herzig wellwishers showed up, a veritable who’s who in Oneonta politics.  After his own remarks, he acknowledged all candidates, Republicans and Democrats, who are running for election in local, county and judicial offices this fall.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

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