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ONEONTA EYES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

ONEONTA EYES

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Council Considers Hiring Consultant

One REVPAR project, the Betsy Hotel on Miami’s South Beach, won a World Boutique Hotel Award in 2012.

ONEONTA – Common Council Tuesday will be asked to approve a contract with REVPAR International Inc., Alexandria, Va., to do a feasibility study on whether a boutique hotel would be successful in downtown Oneonta.

During Mayor Dick Miller’s administration, such a plan was discussed for the lot between Ristorante Stella Luna and Foothills, but the concept did not move forward at that time.  The land was owned by the late Gene Bettiol.

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Canvass Gives Delgado Otsego

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Canvass Gives

Delgado Otsego

Antonio Delgado chats with Anne Geddes Atwell, right, the former Otsego town supervisor, and Jeannine Webster, Cooperstown, during his introduction to the county in May 2017 at a forum at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

MIDDLEFIELD – The canvass of Nov. 6 ballots that ended yesterday confirmed Richard J. Devlin Jr. as sheriff and John Salka as 121st District Assemblyman.

But it did change one local tally: Democrat Antonio Delgado, who trailed incumbent Congressman John Faso, R-19th, on Election Night, ended up winning Otsego County by 110 votes.

The final tally in Otsego County was 10,675 (48.9 percent) for Delgado vs. 10,565 (48.47 percent) for Faso.

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Slot Machine Stirs Up Bidding War At Auction

Slot Machine Stirs Up

Bidding War At Auction

Volunteers Taylor Knox, a SUNY Oneonta senior, and Brenda Korthauer, above, cheer as a slot machine, donated by Marc and Elaine Bresee, delivers a jingling prize, setting off a bidding war at this evening’s Benefit Auction, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s major annual fundraiser.  Inset right, Alan Michael Rubin, attending the event at the Qualilty Inn with dad Al and mom Michelle, signals his $560 bid and wins the apparatus, all for the good cause. Other items up for auction included a weekend getaway at a Lake George camp and a lamp with a stained-glass shade, courtesy of stained-glass artist Doug Halberg.  After a 10-year hiatus, Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auctions, who has rejoined the GOHS board, was the auctioneer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Canvass Confirms Victory For Salka

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Canvass Confirms

Victory For Salka

Assemblyman Magee Out After 28 Years

John Salka

BROOKFIELD – While canvassing is wrapping up today, the John Salka campaign felt confident enough to announce the Brookfield Republican has defeated veteran Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, in the 121st District.

On Election Night, Salka held a lead of 963 votes out of more than 44,000 votes cast. After most absentee and affidavit ballots were counted in Madison and Otsego counties, Salka maintained a lead of 508 votes. Oneida County has not completed its count yet, but has less than 150 outstanding ballots, so it is mathematically impossible for Magee to make up the difference.

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Tops Alerts Customers: Salmonella Tied To 2 Jenny-O Turkey Products

Tops Alerts Customers: Salmonella

Tied To 2 Jenny-O Turkey Products

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Tops Friendly Markets, which operates a Cooperstown Commons supermarket, this morning issued an advisory: Jennie-O Turkey Sales has recalled some raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an outbreak of Salmonella.

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First ’18 Storm Lighter Here Than Elsewhere

First ’18 Storm Lighter

Here Than Elsewhere

Still, It’s Colder Than Usual, Mattice Says,

And More Snowfall Predicted For Sunday

Ron Jex, Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, wields a big shovel, but snowfall in the village was far less than points south, according to Weather Observer Dave Mattice. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otego’s Tanner Gainsford, with dad Mark, were snowblowing Barbara Cimko’s sidewalks and driveway this morning in Oneonta’s Greater Plains neighborhood.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It may have a surprise, but it shouldn’t have been, according to National Weather Service weather Dave Mattice of Oneonta.

Mid-November snows are not unusual, he said a few minutes ago, just as Cooperstown DPW chief Mitch Hotaling declared the village snow emergency, originally due to last until this evening, at an end.

“This is definitely not the most snow we’ve had in November,” said Mattice.  “I remember a Thanksgiving snow, riding a snowmobile up Chestnut Street all the way to East Street.”

If anything, Otsego County got it easy in the overnight storm.  “We were spared,” Mattice said.  “Hancock got 12-13 inches. I only got 5 inches” at his Oneonta home.  In Cooperstown, it appeared 6-8 inches had fallen.

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Fernandez Concedes, Thanks Supporters

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Fernandez Concedes,

Thanks Supporters

He Calls Devlin To Congratulate Him

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

Bob Fernandez on Election Night.

OTEGO – Despite the final outcome, county sheriff candidate Bob Fernandez gave thanks all around for a hard-fought campaign that came to an end yesterday afternoon.

“I was honored to have the chance to run for sheriff in Otsego County and I would like to thank all of the bipartisan support for our campaign,” he said in an e-mail. “I also would like to thank the campaign team itself … (and) the Democratic committee, which allowed me to run on their line.”

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250 Dine, Get Home Before Storm Strikes

250 Dine, Get Home

Before Storm Strikes

CCS Seniors Surya Daniel and Jack Odell chat with Bill Sanford of Westville, one of the last-to-leave diners at this evening’s traditional Senior Citizen Community Dinner in the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Sponsored by the school’s Leo Club, the dinner hosted 250 citizens, according to Wayne Moakler, an organizer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Snow Emergency Begins At 8 For Village Of Cooperstown

Snow Emergency Begins At 8

For Village Of Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown is issuing a Snow Emergency effective AT 8 p.m. this evening through 6 p.m. Friday, DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling announced.

There is to be no parking on village streets during this time. Parking will be available in the Doubleday Parking Lot.

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With Snow Due, City Hall Allows Parking In Deck

With Snow Due, City Hall

Allowing Parking In Deck

ONEONTA – In anticipation of the predicted snowfall, the City of Oneonta is lifting parking regulations in the parking garage and other municipal lots.

Drivers are reminded that anytime there is more than 2 1/2″ of snowfall, vehicles must be removed from city streets or they are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owners expense.

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