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Jim Powers

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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CLARK RULES! (AT LEAST IN ’17)

CLARK RULES!

(AT LEAST IN ’17)

Chair Turns Back Challenge,

But Colleagues Are Divided

A smiling Kathy Clark retakes the chair this morning after a split vote reelected her to lead the county board for another years. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Four-year Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, was elected to another year on the helm of the county Board of Representatives, but it was ugly.

She ended up with 3,341 weighted votes, comfortably above the 3,115 majority, but hardly a landslide.

Three of the eight Republicans on the board didn’t vote for her:  her challenger, Len Carson, Oneonta, voted nay, and Peter Oberacker, Maryland, and David Bliss, Cooperstown/Middlefield, abstained.

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FURIOUS LOBBYING FOR CHAIRMANSHIP

FURIOUS LOBBYING

FOR CHAIRMANSHIP

Some Say Rep. Powers Shifts To Clark;

Others, Outcome Still Too Close To Call

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Len Carson
Kathy Clark

COOPERSTOWN – Furious lobbying is underway this evening as support for the next chair of the Otsego County Board of Representatives sea-saws between incumbent Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and Len Carson, R-Oneonta.

Word was circulating that county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, who mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Clark last year, had just this evening agreed to support her this time around, and that might be sufficient to shift the balance.  However, others said the outcome is still too close to call.

Yesterday, Powers said Clark had not asked him for his support and he thus leaned toward Carson.   However, when he was asked a few minutes ago if he’d changed his mind, he replied, “No comment,” adding:  “We’ll go to caucus tomorrow and see what comes out of that.”

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Complete Constitution Pipeline, Cuomo Asked

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Complete Constitution

Pipeline, Cuomo Asked

County Board To Debate Sending Letter

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Reps. Powers, left, and Frazier
County Reps. Powers, left, and Frazier

COOPERSTOWN – “Poverty is the illness.  Good jobs are the cure,” county Reps. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, and Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, state in the draft of a letter to Governor Cuomo due for consideration at the county Board of Representatives’ October meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Cooperstown.

The letter urges the governor to “reconsider the many benefits the Constitution Pipeline could provide our area, and direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to work constructively with the natural-gas industry for the pipeline’s completion.”

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Frazier, Stammel Contacted By Powers In Bid For Chair

Frazier, Stammel Contacted

By Powers In Bid For Chair

Jim Powers
Jim Powers

COOPERSTOWN – Two more county representatives said they have been contacted by Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, seeking their support in his bid to bump Kathy Clark, R-Otego, from the chairmanship of the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

The board’s vice chair, Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, said he received an e-mail from Powers, but advised him he will be supporting Clark.

Incoming county Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, said he had heard from Clark two weeks ago and from Powers over the weekend, and is waiting to see how the meeting goes on Wednesday.

Powers, who challenged Clark for the chairmanship last January, is trying again this year.

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AGAIN, POWERS TILTS AT CLARK

AGAIN, POWERS

TILTS AT CLARK

Board Reorganizes Wednesday 

Powers
Powers
Clark
Clark

By JIM KEVLIN • for AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Veteran county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, is again seeking to bump county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, from the chairmanship, according to representatives whom he’s approached asking for support.

The Otsego County Board of Representatives, which Clark has chaired for four one-year terms now, will  hold its reorganizational meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Office Building on upper Main Street here.

Powers, a dairy farmer and beekeeper, again turned back a challenge from Democrat Theresa Winchester of Gilbertsville in the Nov. 3 election.  Clark, retired food services manager at SUNY Oneonta, again ran unopposed in the Otego-Laurens district.

Last year, Powers, who served as board chair in 2008 and 2009, also tried to take the chairmanship from Clark, even meeting with Democrats at county Rep. Kay Stuligross’ Oneonta home to try to form a bipartisan majority.   That effort failed.

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