Home › AllOTSEGO › MILLER SLIDE SHOW MILLER SLIDE SHOW 10/25/2014 AllOTSEGO TRIBUTE RICHARD P. MILLER, JR. (Click on any image to start slide show) His campaign button signaled: This guy is something new! Candidate Miller tucks into an Autumn Cafe dessert as he awaits election results that brought him into public life in November 2009. In a packed Council Chamber on Jan. 1, 2010, Richard P. Mller Jr. takes the oath of office from City Judge Lucy Bernier. A few moments later, he posed with his family on that happy day. Richard P. Miller Jr. Mayor Miller takes a quiet moment during the lunch break of the first Common Council retreat he organized on a Saturday in January 2010. It was there he unveiled his first five-year budget plan. If nothing changed, he said, the city would be broke by mid-2013. His projections finds city finances in good shaped — relative to other Upstate cities — for a few years to come. The mayor posed in his corner office at Main and South Main after an interview soon after taking office. The mayor emcees at the first of several “summits” he convened during his tenure. This one, the Arts Summit in January 2011 in the Foothills lobby, resulted in formation of an arts council. At left, Mark Drnek makes a point. In March 2011, Mayor Miller was on hand at the county police academy graduation to welcome new offices into the OPD. Miller congratulates his beloved predecessor Sam Nader, who received the Otsego County Chamber’s Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award in Two years later, it was Miller turn to win the Bettiol Award. With him are wife Andi, step-daughter Fable and a friend of Fable’s. Miller shares a laugh with Council member Bob Brzozowski and SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski after 130 people packed the Center Street gym on a Saturday in February 2012 for a Housing Summit. The summit laid the groundwork for numerous initiatives in the area of housing. Foothills Performing Arts Center manager Janet Hurley Quackenbush discusses final arrangements with Miller prior to Gordon Lighfoot’s sold-out performance on March 31, 2011. A few weeks earlier, he assumed the presidency of the Foothills board, saying the facility’s success was important to Greater Oneonta. Miller soon extended his sphere of influence countywide. Here, he moderates a breakout session at the first “Seward Summit” for economic development on March 15, 2012, at the Otesaga. Mayor Miller marshaled the support of his four predecessors behind a City Charter revision, approved by a large margin in November 2011. Here, in the fall of 2012, former mayors Nader, Muller and Brenner joined Miller in welcoming the city’s first city manager, Mike Long. Used to presiding, at OHS graduation 2013 Miller was among the proud parents in the audience. Here, he and Andi congratulate graduate Fable. Continuing the revival of downtown was one of Mayor Miller’s key issues. Here, he thanks state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the summer of 2013, for a state grant that paid for the installation of LED streetlights. Also that summer, the mayor presents the keys of the city to the Rev. Ken Baldwin and wife Nancy in a ceremony in Damaschke Field. Pastor Ken was an ardent fan of Oneonta teams. Last July, Mayor Miller congratulates Frank Russo on the opening of the Francis “Cootie” Russo Jr. playground on Scramling Avenue, named in memory of the former fire chief. By the time of the second “Seward Summit,” November 2013 at Foothills, Miller had become a key player in crafting the county’s new economic-development strategy. Unopposed for reelection in 2013, Mayor Miller is greeted by Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood as he prepares to take the oath of office from his friend, county Judge Brian Burns, in a ceremony in Oneonta Town Hall. A few days later, Miller welcomes Sandy Mathes, just appointed at “single point of contact” for economic development in Otsego County. At left is county Board Chair Kathy Clark. After the early retirement of City Manager Long, Miller led the search for a successor, and here welcomes Marty Murphy, Cortland County manager, who succeeded Long last month. Just a few days ago, Miller presents the keys to the city to businessman Al Cleinman, who had contributed planting to beautify the traffic island at the Main Street end of James Lettis Highway.