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Oneonta News

Doris L. Miller, 88, Oneonta; Criss-Crossed United States With Husband

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris L. Miller, 88, Oneonta;

Criss-Crossed United States With Husband

ONEONTA – Doris L. Miller, 88, passed away May 23, 2017 at the Bridgewater Rehabilitation in Binghamton.

She was born July 15, 1928, in Oneonta, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Sargeant) Leonard.  Doris grew up in Laurens where she graduated from Laurens Central School.

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Wall That Heals Arrives At Park

Wall That Heals

Arrives In County

County Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, commander of the Oneonta Vets’ Club, left, Gene Schmidt of Unadilla, the Vietnam-era veteran who arranged for “The Wall That Heals” to come to Oneonta,  center, and Barry Townsend, whose brother’s name is on the wall, were present at Neahwa Park this morning at the replica of the Vietnam War Monument in The Mall arrived in Oneonta this morning.  After being set up, the Wall will be opening for public viewing, 24 hours a day, until 4 p.m. Memorial Day.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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MATHES, WHO REVITALIZED IDA, LEAVING

READ RESIGNATION LETTER

MATHES, WHO

REVITALIZED

IDA, LEAVING

Mayor Gary Herzig seeks assurances that Otsego Now will maintain its commitment to Oneonta’s DRI and the redevelopment of the D&H yards. Otsego Now board chair, Devin Morgan, sought to reassure the mayor. From left are Sandy Mathes, Morgan, Herzig and departing COO Elizabeth Horvath. Board member Sarah Harvey has her back to the camera. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

3rd Resignation Creates

Crisis For Otsego Now

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

Bob Hanft was diplomatic about his resignation from the Otsego Now board. Jim Salisbury, right, was more blunt.

ONEONTA – The coup is complete.

Sandy Mathes, who revolutionized economic development in Otsego County in the past three years, has given the 90-day notice required by his contract, and will be departing as CEO of the Otsego Now organization he created by summer’s end.

As if to punctuate the end of an era, Bob Hanft of Pierstown, who chaired what was then the county IDA when Mathes was brought aboard in January 2014, and veteran board member Jim Salisbury of Otego, announced they are leaving the Otsego Now board.

Hanft, the retired J.P. Morgan managing director, was typically diplomatic, thanking his colleagues for “a great seven years,” and adding, “We always said this thing is a marathon, and it is.”

But Salisbury, a retired banker, was blunt.  “I’m done with this organization. ’Bye.”

New board member Cheryl Robinson, who chaired the board’s recently formed Reorganization Committee that proposed replacing Mathes with a full-time executive, moved to abolish the committee.  “Our mission is done,” she said.

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Mathes Resigns At Otsego Now

BULLETIN

Mathes Resigns

At Otsego Now

ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, who as CEO of Otsego Now revolutionized economic development in Otsego County over the past three years, has resigned.  He gave the 90-day notice required by his contract, the Otsego Now board learned this morning.

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Patricia A. Allen, 82; SUNY Oneonta Department Secretary

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia A. Allen, 82;

SUNY Oneonta Department Secretary

ONEONTA – Patricia A. Allen, 82, retired secretary at SUNY Oneonta’s Speech & Theatre Department, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Dec. 16, 1934, in Mount Kisco, the daughter of the late George C. and Marie (Hanley) Supple.  Pat graduated from Somers High School, attended SUNY Oneonta and was a Katharine Gibbs graduate. She then worked at General Foods in White Plains.

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Westcott Lot Tops Wish List

BULLETIN

Westcott Lot Tops Wish List

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the Downtown Revitalization Projects that would be funded, including the Transportation Hub, the redevelopment of the Westcott Lot and enhanced signage for downtown during  a presentation at Foothills this afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Mayor Herzig Appoints Comprehensive Plan Committee

Mayor Appoints Committee

To Revise City’s Comp Plan

Mayor Gary Herzig announces the nine members of the steering committee for the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council Member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, will serve on the committee.

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, developer Seth Clark and Destination Oneonta’s Rachel Jessup were all named this evening to the Steering Committee to update the city’s comprehensive master plan.

“This is the group that will facilitate the update to the 2007 comprehensive plan, incorporating the City’s vision, addressing the railyards and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

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Polls Open For School Elections

Polls Open For School Elections

Barb Potter, left, and Jo-Anne Weir staff the check-in table at Cooperstown Middle/High School this morning as the polls opened for voting on the 2017-18 budget and selecting two school board members from five candidates. The polls are open until 8 p.m. today. In Oneonta, voting on the school budget continues until 9 p.m. at Foothills Performing Arts Center; two incumbent school board members are running unopposed. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Five Star Donates To Family Services

5 Star’s $10K Helps Family Services

Five Star Subaru owners Blaine Jennings and Ben Guenther, left, present a check to Patricia Leonard, Family Services Association executive director, along with Vicki Salamon, Alex Scorzafava and Alisha Rule. The donation is part of Subaru’s “Share The Love” program, where portions of Subaru sales from November to December are donated to local not-for-profit organization. To date, Five Star has donated over $37,000 to the FSA to help families in our area. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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