ONEONTA – Otsego Now has been on the right track, a panel of top state economic-development experts reported the county IDA’s annual meeting at Northern Eagle Beverage this morning.
Jeff Janiszewski, Empire State Development Corp. senior vice president/strategic business development, was asked, in light of plans to redevelop the D&H yards, how common are manufacturers who need rail shipping. Not a lot, he said, but “when it’s required, it’s really required,” and there are few such available development sites in the state.
When county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, asked about the importance of “shovel ready sites” – such a site is being developed for a distribution center in Oberacker’s district – Janiszewski responded, Otsego County “lost out time after time after time, because you didn’t have locations prepared for development.”
The good news, he said, is that industrial site-selectors are approaching him, looking for spots on Interstate 88, and the Schenevus site – the SEQR review is just beginning – may be a tempting one for selectors seeking “product,” as shovel-ready sites are called in the business.
ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is seeking to duplicate his meeting with a small group of Oneonta Community Health Center doctors and directors a week ago Saturday when he returns to the City of the Hills tomorrow.
The freshman congressman will be meeting with small groups — a half-dozen people each — at three sessions in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office.
At 2:30 p.m., he will listen to environmental concerns; at 3, more on healthcare concerns, and 3:30, on general issues, a Faso spokesperson confirmed this morning.
ALBANY – With the April 1 state budget deadline approaching, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been named co-chairman of the state Legislature’s General Government/Local Assistance Budget Conference Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Education Budget Conference Committee.
“Bipartisan conference committees have been instrumental in producing six consecutive on-time budgets, and I am confident this process will deliver again this year,” said Seward.
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, samples maple vinegar produced by Ingles Maple Products in Richfield Springs during the New York Farm Bureau’s “Taste of New York” legislative reception in Albany this week. From left are John VanDerwerken and Rebecca Russell, both representing NYCAMH, and the senator who, among others, met with Otsego County Farm Bureau President Paul Greer, NYFB State Director, District 9, Darin Hickling and Harold Palmer, the beef farmer and Town of Maryland supervisor.
FRANKLIN – A portion of Route 357 in northern Delaware County today was dedicated in memory of the Marine Corps corporal from Franklin who was killed Jan. 11, 2010, in an ambush in Helmond Province, Afghanistan.
The corporal’s family, mother Lisa Uzenski, sister Cassidy Uzenski and grandparents James and Audrey Archibald, joined state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge, at a ceremony designating the road “Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski Memorial Highway.”
“As motorists travel through Franklin and see the signs commemorating Corporal Uzenski. I hope they are reminded of his valor, courage, and service to our nation,” said Seward.