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Otsego Democrats Gather At Foothills Dinner

Otsego County Democrats

Gather For Foothills Dinner

Above, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, along side Rich Abbate, Otsego County Democratic Chairman, addresses the democrats gathered at the annual Henry Nichols Democratic Dinner held at Foothills on Saturday evening. Local representatives were able to network and meet upcoming candidates while enjoying a prime rib dinner from Mel’s at 22 in Cooperstown. At left, guest of honor Jeff Katz, Mayor of Cooperstown, was the recognized for his work and leadership as an Otsego County Democrat. He is seated next to guest speaker Sabrina Ty, the president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Corporation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Featured In New York Times

Oneonta Featured

In New York Times

Shoppers on Main Street were photographed for the New York Times article on Oneonta’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (Nathaniel Brooks for the New York Times)

ONEONTA – An article highlighting Oneonta’s $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative made the NY Region section of the New York Times yesterday.

Headlined, “For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift,” Lisa W. Foderaro’s article focuses on Mayor Gary Herzig’s efforts to bring young renters and shoppers back to Oneonta’s downtown by renovating historic buildings, upgrading signage and increasing housing offerings.

“We’re very lucky in that our downtown is beautiful and historic and it’s mostly still intact,” Herzig told the paper. “We are the largest city in a 50- to 60-mile radius. Really what we need are more people to live in our downtown, to be visiting our downtown and to work downtown.”

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City To Seek Demolition For Damaschke Grandstand
80-YEAR-STRUCTURE CLOSED

Damaschke Grandstand

Heading For Demolition

Common Council last evening approved an application for funding to demolish the 80-year-old Damaschke Field grandstand.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has been concerned for a few years about the safety of seating in the grandstand.

ONEONTA – With Damaschke Field’s box seats condemned and its supports rusting, Common Council voted tonight to apply for a grant to demolish the 80-year-old city landmark.

“It’s a touchy thing, but the building is old and it needs to come down,” said Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner. “We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s reached a critical stage.”

“It’s beyond repair,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It needs to be completely replaced.”

The grandstand was built in 1939 and seats 500. Earlier this season, the entire set of top boxes was condemned by the city. “That’s when it really came to the forefront,” said Laing. “It’s decrepit.”

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Latin Food Arrives With Opening Of Trendy Foods

Latin Food Arrives With

Opening Of Trendy Foods

Above, owners Deggie Monroy, husband Antonio, and mother Elvira Nieves cut the grand opening ribbon alongside their extended family and Mayor Gary Herzig as they celebrate the official opening of Trendy Foods on the corner of Muller Plaza in Oneonta this evening. At right, Elizabeth Karson, Oneonta, brings out colorful menu selections for the public to sample during following the opening.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Council Officially Appoints Doug Brenner As Police Chief

Council Officially Appoints

Doug Brenner As Police Chief

Mayor Gary Herzig, right, congratulates Doug Brenner after Common Council officially voted to appoint him as Chief of the Oneonta Police Department. “I feel the most important public office one can hold is that of Public Safety,” said Herzig, “and that is why I felt it was important to do a thorough search for this position. I am more than confident that he is the person for the job and I am proud to recommend him.” After the motion was passed, a grinning Brenner was applauded by council members and city officials on his appointment which officially begins tomorrow. “It feels good to put this to rest,” said Brenner, “It will be nice to be able to move forward and focus my time on other projects.” While a Lieutenant has not officially been named, the Chief says they are in the process of searching. Doug Brenner will officially be sworn in as Chief on Saturday at 9am in Council chambers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta Municipal Airport Christens Finn Terminal

Oneonta Municipal Airport

Christens Finn Terminal

Above, Mayor Gary Herzig officially announces the renaming of the Oneonta Municiple Airport terminal Finn Terminal, in honor of the late Dennis Finn during a celebrations of his life at the airport this afternoon. Family, friends gathered to recount fond memories of Dennis, whose civic involvement, kindly manner and passion for life touched so many. At right: Ruth Allen, Oneonta,  Dennis’ life partner, receives a folded flag in honor of his military service. She stands next to his daughter Kelly Lynch and son Kevin Finn. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Airport Commission: Name Terminal For Dennis Finn

Airport Commission To City:

Name Terminal For Dennis Finn

Jeff Back, a longtime friend and fellow Airport Commission member with Dennis Finn, announces the commission’s recommendation to name the airport terminal in Finn’s honor. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council member Dave Rissberger, Third Ward, will take the recommendation to the Operations, Planning and Evaluation committee that he chairs.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

ONEONTA – During public comment at this evening’s Common Council meeting, city Airport Commissioner Jeff Back laid out his case for naming the Oneonta Municipal Airport terminal  in memory of the late Dennis Finn.

“Dennis was a valued founding member of the airport commission,” he said. “His involvement with the airport goes back to it’s construction and pre-dates the original dedication ceremony in 1966. His commitment, daily efforts and never-ending promotion of airport activities have been a strong contributor to the renovation of airport facilities, airport awareness and increased community involvement.

“It is the unanimous recommendation of the airport commission that the airport’s main terminal be named in his honor.”

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Council To Vote Tonight On Miller Park Sculptures

Council To Vote Tonight

On Miller Park Sculptures

Oneonta Common Council will vote tonight on accepting a $5,000 gift from Al Cleinman to purchase two sculptures from Dale Rogers’ “Spring Awakening” series, to be installed in Miller Park this summer. In addition, the vote will approve spending $3,500 from the Community Landscaping Fund towards the purchase, for a total of $8,500. Cleinman personally picked the pieces, in memory of the late mayor Dick Miller, who died unexpectedly Oct. 25, 2014. “He saw these pieces as a perfect representation of Life Enjoyed” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

 

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‘Transformation’ Near, Hochul Says

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‘Transformation’

Near, Hochul Says

Cuomo Administration Approves

All Of Oneonta’s $10M Proposal

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul greets state Sen. Jim Seward, right, and other VIPs on entering Foothills’ upstairs theater early this afternoon. When she thinks of Oneonta, she said, she envisions how her hometown, Hamburg, was able to revitalize its downtown after the steel mills left Buffalo in the early 1980s, devastating Western NY. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Herzig welcomes Lieutenant Governor Hochul to the podium. At left is SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski; at right, county Democratic chair Richard Abbate.

ONEONTA – The whole thing.

Pretty much everything the Oneonta DRI Planning Committee asked for will be funded through $10 million pledged by the Cuomo Administration, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told an upbeat gathering at 12:30 today in Foothills’ upstair theater.

“At the end of the day, this community will be transformed,” Hochul said of the DRI, (which stands for downtown redevelopment initiative).

The $10 million did not include an additional $4 million already received for the Food & Beverage Innovation Center planned on the Twelve Tribes’ site at the foot of Chestnut Street.

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