Oneonta Town Board candidates, from left, Republican Dan Baker, Democrats Patricia Jacob and James McCue and Republican Randy Mowers answer questions about the town-city fire contract, economic development and environment, how the town will operate under the tax cap, and what they thing about XNG trucks going through the town. The four were proceeded by, at right, county Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, and his Republican challenger, Breck Tarbell, right, who read position statements to a crowd at the town hall in West Oneonta. The event was hosted by the league of Women Voters. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Vigorous applause interrupted SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski’s remarks at the final Community Breakfast she will be hosting for leaders in business and government this morning at Morris Hall. In her comments, Kleniewski, who is retiring at the end of this academic years thanked supporters and highlighted accomplishments SUNY has enjoyed during her time as president: The college’s endowment has risen to $55 million, a record for SUNY’s comprehensive colleges, allowing one in six students to receive financial aid through the Access To School Excellence Program. She instituted The Common Read, saw two new buildings rise and 11 others rehabbed, worked with OPT to provide more efficient transport for students, created a student thrift store, as well as contributing to the Oneonta community economically, partnered with volunteer organization and hosted Head Start Program. City officials, Senator Jim Seward, teachers, friends, supporters and community members turned out this morning. Hall. At right, Paul Patterson and wife Sarah applaud Kleniewski’s accomplishments at the conclusion of the breakfast. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Patricia Crow, 14 Myrtle Ave, told Oneonta Common Council that she spotted a fox near her home in Center City on Thursday, Sept. 14.
“I clearly sighted a fox traveling across my neighbor’s back yard.” she said. “Never in my nearly 70 years have I seen a fox in Center City.”
Though she warned that foxes were “not safe for the citizens of Oneonta,” The Humane Society says that foxes are not considered dangerous and are generally scared of humans, especially if they make a loud noise. Dogs and adult cats are generally safe from foxes, but kittens, rabbits and other small animals could be considered prey and should be kept inside.
However, Police Chief Doug Brenner says there has been an “uptick” in sick animals, namely skunks, including four in one week. “These animals were not well,” he said. “They were rolling in the street.”
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day FOUR
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – With a total 22 witnesses called, including suspect Casey Callahan, the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the murder trial against Callahan, who was charged with killing his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, at a truck stop on January 19, 2000.
“Four tires ran directly down the center of her body,” said District Attorney John Muehl in his closing statement. “I submit you can’t do that by accident. This plan was tailor-made for Elizabeth.”
But Callahan’s defense argued that the jury is tasked with deciding if jurisdiction allowed Elizabeth’s death in Pennsylvania, which Callahan maintained was an accident, could be prosecuted in New York. “There is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that this case belongs in New York State,” said William Schebaum, Callahan’s attorney. “I urge you not to allow speculation, emotion, or even a dislike of the defendant to be a substitute to fact.”