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Man Stabbed For Intervening In Domestic Dispute, Police Say

Police: Man Stabbed For

Intervening In Domestic Dispute

Eddie Burns

ONEONTA – A Bronx man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute, according to police.

Eddie Burns, 53, Bronx, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a reported stabbing at 12 Division Street. Upon arrival, police found a 24 year old man bleeding from lacerations to his head and hand. He was transported by ambulance to Fox Hospital, and further interviews revealed that he had allegedly heard a male and female engaged in the domestic dispute.  During the dispute, he claimed he heard the female yelling “Get off me” and went to the apartment to confront Burns.

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Angry Townfolks Object To Annexation Idea

Angry Townfolks Object

To Annexation Talk

Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Council, gave a workshop on annexation in Council chambers this evening and was met by contentious remarks from residents of the Town of Oneonta, who object to the idea of the city annexing the airport and city water supply. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A workshop to look at the process of annexing brought out a full house of Laurens and Town of Oneonta citizens who accused Common Council of planning to annex the Oneonta Municipal Airport and the city’s water supply.

“You must have some reason for holding this workshop,” said Bill Starna, the retired SUNY Oneonta anthropology professor. “Otherwise, are you just poking around in the dark?”

“There is no proposal here,” said Council Member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward. “This is just something to learn. No one is talking about annexing any specific property.”

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McDonalds Manager Named Outstanding Manager

Southside McDonald’s Manager

Wins Top Honors For Restaurant

John Crotts, manager at the Southside McDonald’s, holds his latest (of seven!) Outstanding General Manager award for his work at the restaurant. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – John Crotts, General Manager of the McDonald’s on Southside, knows that it’s all about service with a smile.

“I enjoy my job,” he said. “We have a good time here.”

And last week, Crotts was once again given the McDonald’s Outstanding Restaurant Managers award for the Philadelphia Region, which spans from Pennsylvania to Watertown, as well as parts of New Jersey and Delaware. “It goes to the top 10 percent of General Managers across 14,000 restaurants nationwide,” he said. “It’s really nice to get.”

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Oneonta Schools Propose $22 Million Upgrade

Oneonta Schools Propose

$22 Million Upgrade

Energy, Track and Classroom Space A Priority, Says Yelich
The Oneonta Board of Education called a special meeting tonight to hear a presentation by Superintendent. Joseph Yelich about the proposed $22 million upgrades to the schools, including energy effiency, classroom and athletic field rennovations. From left, Amy Burnsworth, Darren Gaisford, Eileen Lishansky, district clerk, Jamie Reynolds, board president, Bill Grau, board VP and Susan Kurkowski. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – New boilers, turf for the athletic fields and a completely new design of the arts, music, technology and family sciences classrooms are just part of a $22 million dollar upgrade to be put before the voters on May 16.

“So many projects we do are inside the walls, where no one can see them,” said Superintendent Joseph Yelich during a special Board of Education meeting called tonight at the former Center Street School. “But so many of these projects will really change the feel of the whole school.”

Among the most significant of the 48 proposed projects is the $1.8 million upgrade to art, music, technology and family sciences classroom spaces in the middle and high school. “Right now, so much of what we have is tucked in little closets and notches done in an aftermath effort,” said Yelich. “But this will give up state-of-the-art classrooms with the ability to offer 3D printing, animation and media spaces, blueprint drawing. These are tangible classroom benefits.”

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Key Economic Developer Visits D&H Yards As Closing Nears

Key Economic Developer Visits

D&H Yards As Closing Nears

Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes, left, shows Pete Fontana, Norfolk Southern’s industrial development manager for the region, around Oneonta’s D&H yards this morning.  The railroad, which bought Canadian Pacific’s railroad holdings in 2016, is considered to have a more proactive approach to developing business along its tracks than its predecessor.  At this morning’s Otsego Now meeting, counsel reported the IDA’s purchase of the yards should be complete in the next few days.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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BASSETT CEO SEES $5M CUTS IN AHCA

BASSETT CEO SEES

$5M CUTS IN AHCA

Patients, Economy Will Suffer, He Says

Dr. Vance Brown

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare could lose $5 million a year in funding under the American Health Care Act that Congress is scheduled to act on this evening, according to Dr. Vance Brown, the system’s president/CEO.

Referring to a state Health Department analysis released yesterday, Dr. Brown said “that loss may be understated, as the analysis … was limited to hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services. It does not take into account Bassett’s non-hospital based regional clinics.”

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Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home! 

Oneonta Heights Now Accepting Applications
Courtney Moteyunas, Housing Visions regional property manager, shows Christina Drayton, Jesse Hunter and their children, Jayda, Romello and Wesley, around their future home at Oneonta Heights, where an open house is ongoing until 3 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Christina Drayton and her family got their first tour of their new apartment today as Housing Visions hosted an open house of its latest housing project, Oneonta Heights at 4 Monroe Ave.

“I am in love with it,” said Drayton. “The kids have already picked out their rooms.”

The Heights, part of Housing Visions’ 60 new units of affordable housing, will feature eight townhouse-style apartments with three bedrooms each, scheduled to open in April. “How many people get to say they’ve moved into a brand-new apartment?” said Courtney Moteyunas, assets manager for the Syracuse-based company. “These apartments have a really upscale feel for affordable housing.”

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Harrison, Mattice Honored For Storm Stella Service

Harrison, Mattice

Given Key To The City

Mayor Gary Herzig, center, stands with City Engineer Greg Mattice, left, and Public Service Supervisor Larry Harrison, right, who were each awarded a Key to the City for their tireless efforts in keeping the city safe during Winter Storm Stella. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – For their tireless efforts in clearing Oneonta streets and sidewalks during Winter Storm Stella, Mayor Gary Herzig awarded Public Service Superintendent Larry Harrison and City Engineer Greg Mattice each with a Key to the City during Common Council this evening.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work that DPW and the city engineer did,” said Herzig. “They provided exceptional public service to the people of Oneonta. I’ve had emails, phone calls and letters thanking us for a job well done, but the real congratulations go to the people who’ve worked so hard.”

As Stella raged over Otsego County on Tuesday, March 15, dumping as much as two inches of a snow an hour, Harrison’s crew of 11 worked a 14 hour shift to clear the streets for emergency crews.

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Welfare Check Leads To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Welfare Check Leads

To Oneonta Heroin Bust

Oneonta Police arrested Kyle Alger after finding a plastic bag and 12 paper packets that allegedly tested positive for heroin.
Kyle Alger

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested and charged with heroin possession Friday night after a neighbor called for a welfare check.

Kyle L. Alger, 20, was interviewed by police at his 16 Rose Avenue home after a neighbor called to complain that someone was vomiting outside of Alger’s vehicle. When police arrived, Alger allegedly got out of his vehicle and threw an item underneath, and inspection of the area uncovered two grams of bulk heroin in a knotted plastic bag, as well as 11 individually packaged paper folds.

According to police, the substance in the packets tested positive for heroin. A subsequent search revealed another paper packet of suspected heroin, as well as $532.

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Maggie Baldo Johnson, Passes Away At Age 71 After Long Illness

IN MEMORIAM: Maggie Baldo Johnson,

Passes Away At Age 71 After Long Illness

Maggie Baldo Johnson

ONEONTA – Marguerite “Maggie” Baldo Johnson, 71, who in retirement from a career with Verozon was active in organizing OHS class reunion, passed away March 13, 2017, after an extended illness, surrounded by her family.

Maggie was a dedicated mother, wife, and grandmother who cherished her time with friends and family.

After spending many years as a directory assistance operator for Verizon in Oneonta, Maggie retired to enjoy her time with family, gardening, cooking and serving as President of the Ladies of the Elks Club. She was also very involved in organizing many OHS class reunions, and social functions.

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