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Animal Cruelty Task Force Meets, Renames Self PETS
TASK FORCE TO START TRAINING OFFICERS

Animal Cruelty Task Force

Meets, Renames Self PETS

The county’s new Animal Cruelty Task Force, renamed PETS, met today, comprising, from left, District Attorney John Muehl, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes Christine Schneider of Leatherstocking Veterinary Group, SSPCA Vet Tech Sara Haddad,  and Joan Puritz of Oneonta Veterinary Clinic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SSPCA’s Haynes believes that education is the key to preventing animal cruelty.

COOPERSTOWN – PETS, Stacie Haynes said, are the county’s tools for combating animal cruelty.

“PETS stands for Prevention, Education, Training and Systems,” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “That is the new name we have given the Animal Cruelty Task Force.”

The group, which formed in February, met this morning at the county Sheriff’s Department offices to agree on goals.

Most cases of animal cruelty, said Haynes, are people who find themselves overwhelmed. “They’re not intentionally torturing an animal, they just end up in unfortunate circumstances.”

SPCA, Sheriff, DA Form Animal Cruelty Task Force

SPCA, Sheriff, District Attorney

Form Animal Cruelty Task Force

John Muehl, Otsego County District Attorney, Stacie Haynes. executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. have partnered to begin establishing an Animal Cruelty Task Force, aimed at preventing, educating and empowering law enforcement on how to deal with animal cruelty cases.

COOPERSTOWN – The Susquehanna SPCA will partner with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office to look at creating a task force dedicated to combating animal cruelty in the county.

“In addition to having a system in place for when we do have animal cruelty cases involving animal seizures, we plan to educate and empower law enforcement and the public about the humane treatment of animals and what we can do if we suspect cruelty,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, in a statement.

Animal Shelter, Sheriff, D.A. Join In Task Force Vs. Animal Cruelty

SQSPCA, D.A., Sheriff

Unite Vs. Animal Cruelty

By LIBBY CUDMORE

The three partners in the Animal Cruelty Task Force are, from left, District Attorney John Muehl, SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.
Sheriff Devlin, Haynes and D.A. Muehl review task force agreement.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director, won’t be caught off guard by animal cruelty.
“What always scares me about these cases is that they went unnoticed for so long before they blew up,” she said. “These animals were suffering. We needed something to prevent that suffering and get them help sooner.”
To work to that goal, Haynes partnered with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. and District Attorney John Muehl to begin assembly a task force dedicated to combating animal cruelty in the county.
“We’ve talked about it for a while,” said Devlin when the task force was announced Friday, Feb. 1. “We want to get additional officers and local law enforcement trained.”

OUR Stacie Haynes Among Top 10 U.S. Animal Defenders

OUR Stacie Haynes

Among Top 10 U.S.

Animal Defenders

Animal Legal Defense Fund Singles

Out Local Director For List Of Best

Stacie Haynes

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna Animal Shelter executive director, has been named one of America’s Top 10 Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, based in San Francisco for serving on “the front lines of enforcing animal protection laws.”

These animal protection heroes will be honored this week, National Justice for Animals Week.

Here’s is the citation: “Stacie Haynes serves as the executive director of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA). In February 2019, Stacie worked with her local district attorney and county sheriff to form the Otsego County Animal Cruelty Task Force.

PETS Task Force’s First Case: Pittsfield Pigs

PETS Task Force’s First Case:

Rescue Pigs From Pittsfield Farm

Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, feeds two pigs, nicknamed Sonny and Cher, that the SSPCA rescued from squalid conditions in Pittsfield. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a scene Stacie Haynes has seen play out before.

Two pigs, skinny and without food, water or hay, trying to eat the corpses of two dead pigs in a trash pile at a farm on County Route 18, Town of Pittsfield. “They were shivering and cold,” she said. “We got called out there at night in a rainstorm, and we seized them.”

Now playfully dubbed “Sonny and Cher,” the two pigs – one male, one female, approximately five months old – are at the SPCA with plenty of clean hay and shelter.

NYSEG Updates Energy Task Force on County’s Energy Future

NYSEG BRIEFS ENERGY TASK FORCE

Pipeline Expansion

To Begin Next Year

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Farwell

COOPERSTOWN – Work on increasing the DeRuyter-Oneonta gas pipeline’s capacity by 25 percent will begin next year, NYSEG has told the Otsego County Energy Task Force.

That could mean the “interruptible power” – Oneonta’s colleges and Fox Hospital are required to switch to more expensive fuel oil when temperatures drop below zero – will kick in less often, county Rep. Michelle Farwell, D-Morris, the task force co-chair, told the county board at its July meeting Wednesday.

KENNEDY UNVEILS ENERGY TASK FORCE AT CHAMBER SUMMIT

MUCH-ANTICIPATED ANNOUNCEMENT

KENNEDY UNVEILS

ENERGY TASK FORCE

AT CHAMBER SUMMIT

Entity Will Develop County Policy On

Economic Development, Environment

At this morning’s Energy Summit, County Rep. Meg Kennedy, right, and Keith Schue, Cherry Valley, a member of the new county Energy Task Force, listen while gas-opponent Tony Ingraffea, the Cornell professor, describes how he’s living off the grid  The summit will continue all day. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kennedy announces the make-up of the county’s new Energy Task Force, tasked with developing a county approach to economic development and the environment.

COOPERSTOWN – In an announcement awaited with anticipation, county Rep. Meg Kennedy this morning revealed the 21 people who will comprise the Otsego County Energy Task Force.

Charged by the county board, the task force will determine county government’s approach to the sometimes conflicting goals of economic development and environmental projection.

Kennedy, who is leading a five-person Leadership Team in this matter, announced the list before 155 people at an appropriate forum:  the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce “Energy Summit,” underway through late afternoon in The Otesaga’s ballroom.

“It’s going to be a project,” said Kennedy of the task force’s mission.  “But I think we are all dedicated to a better future for county.”

The task force is made up of four “workgroups,” as follows:

$2M DOWN, $1M TO GO

WATCH FOR PROGRESS AT SHELTER SITE

$2M DOWN, $1M TO GO

Resting from their labors after Saturday, Aug. 24’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter are, from left, “Shelter Us” chair Anne Keith, two benefactresses, Anita Vitullo and Jane Forbes Clark, board chair Gaylord Dillingham, and Executive Director Stacie Haynes. Holding an artist’s rendering of the prospective facility are, front row, from left, SPCA staffers Alexis Izzo, Darla Youngs, Tania Puglia, Allison Hungerford and Kathy Chicorelli; back row, from left, Sara Haddad, Sara Lucas, Betty Steele and Susan Shepard. At right is Pete Gould, Gilbertsville, “Shelter Us” committee member. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time at the Saturday, Aug. 24, groundbreaking.

INDEX – So far, 100 individual contributions have been made to the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter, and more of the kind is needed to reach the new fundraising goal of $3 million, according to SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Hayes.

“It’s the individuals we have to count on,” said Haynes in the afterglow of Saturday, Aug. 24’s upbeat groundbreaking ceremony on the site across Route 28 from Kevin’s Ford. “That’s a good thing when people make individual contributions. It’s their shelter. It’s the people’s shelter.”

At the groundbreaking, Anita Vitullo of Clinton, Staffworks president and a donor to animal causes, announced her $250,000 matching grant has been met by donations, netting $500,000 toward achieving the $2 million mark.

With that mark met, and a new goal of $3 million set, SSPCA board chair Gaylord Dillingham has set an easy-to-remember deadline to complete the fund drive: Christmas Day 2019.

Because of the need to lock in the prospective shelter’s design and meet construction deadlines, “by Christmas, the first of the year, we have to have it kind of nailed down,” said Dillingham.

Some key donations are still expected, he said, but he’s unsure how large they will be. The Scriven Foundation, which focuses its philanthropy within Otsego County, has also been approached.

County Energy Task Force Aims To Partner With State Agencies

County Energy Task Force

Aims To Influence NY State

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Danny Lapin

ONEONTA – The county’s Energy Task Force aims to impact state and regional energy policy in the coming months, according to discussions in its meeting last night.

“We’re planning to have a representative from DEC speak about the New York Climate Consumer Protection Act,” said Danny Lapin, an Energy Task Force member and county rep.  “How DEC will implement its components of the legislation, how that will affect Otsego County, and other questions.

County Task Force To Consider Selling Oneonta Building

County Task Force To Look

At Selling Off Old City Hall

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta’s Old City Hall at 242 Main St. may be sold by its current owner, the County of Otsego.

COOPERSTOWN – Picking up on Oneonta Common Council’s decision to sell the Westcott parking lot at 226 Main St., the county Board of Representatives today formed a task force to explore selling Old City Hall, located right next door.

Freshman Oneonta rep Danny Lapin, D-13, raised the task force idea at the meeting, and was named to chair it.

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who chairs the Public Works Committee, told his colleagues he has had preliminary conversations with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig about a prospective sale.  But he emphasized, “nothing has been done as of this point. We have not made any decisions, and this is simply exploratory.”

Senate’s Heroin Task Force Pays Return Visit To County

Senate’s Heroin Task Force

Pays Return Visit To County 

Senator Seward, second from right, listens to Justin Thalheimer, the Otsego County Chemical Dependency programs manager, at the Joint Task Force's first local hearing in April 2014.  (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)
Senator Seward, second from right, listens to Justin Thalheimer, the Otsego County Chemical Dependency programs manager, at the Joint Task Force’s first local hearing in April 2014. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has organized a return visit of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction to SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Members of the visiting task force will include State Sens. George A. Amedore, Jr. and  Terrence Murphy, and a representative for Senator Robert Ortt.  The forum will also include local health care professionals, addiction experts, and law enforcement officials.

“In 2014 I conducted a similar task force hearing in Oneonta and the testimony was instrumental in helping develop a number of new state laws to educate the public about the dangers of heroin, improve treatment options, and aid law enforcement officials,” Seward said. “This will be an opportunity to review what is working in our communities and identify gaps in service as we explore additional measures to contend with this public health crisis.”

Energy Task Force Offers Public Workshop, Preps Energy Studies

Energy Task Force

Offers Public Workshop,

Preps Energy Studies

Barbara Ann Heegan, president, Otsego County Chamber and chair of the Energy Task Force’s Economic Development sub-group, tells the group about the upcoming workshop on energy efficiency for small businesses. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Board Member Danny Lapin, District 13, explained that the Environment sub-group would be reviewing the good and bad of all types of energy projects, both conventional and renewable.

ONEONTA – While the big tasks are still ahead for the Otsego County Energy Task Force, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber president and chair of the Economic Development sub-group of the county’s Energy Task Force, is making sure that small businesses and the public can learn what they can do on the local level.

“We will be hosting a talk on ‘Understanding Energy Usage In Your Small Business: How to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs With An Energy Study’ from the Green Jobs, Green New York energy study,” she told the task force and public gathered for their second meeting this evening in Oneonta’s Town Hall. “We want to keep networking and keep these connections strong.”

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be given by Michelle Wooddell, program coordinator for Green Jobs, Green New York at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Northern Eagle Beverage Center.

Seward’s Heroin Task Force Sends Bill Package To House

Seward’s Heroin Task Force

Sends Bill Package To House

Senator Seward hosted the state Legislature's Joint Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction April 28, 2014, at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt  Union Ballroom.
Senator Seward, center, hosted the state Legislature’s Joint Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction April 28, 2014, at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom.

ALBANY –  State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who convened a session of the Joint Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction in Oneonta last year, today announced the Senate passage of the comprehensive package of bills that resulted.

The goal, he said, is to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

As a member of the task for, the senator said, “I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart.  Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.”

On April 28, 2014, Seward hosted the forum at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom to solicit input from local health care professionals, addiction experts, law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens.  In all, 18 forums were held across the state to gather information which clearly illustrated the need for swift action. Seward has continued to meet with community groups to address this issue.

Ground Broken, And $2M Raised, For New Shelter

CLICK TO DONATE TO ‘SHELTER US’

Ground Broken,

And $2M Raised,

For New Shelter

With Success, ‘Shelter Us’ Finds $3M

Will Be Needed, And Sets New Target

Turning golden shovels at today’s noontime groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter on Route 28 at Index are, from left, “Shelter Us” committee member Anne Laing, benefactress Ann Vitullo, benefactress Jane Forbes Clark, “Shelter Us” campaign chair Gaylord Dillingham and shelter Executive Director Stacie Hayes. Behind them, from left, are volunteer Sue Leonard, and board members Peter Gould, Kathy Clarkson and Corey Moffat. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time today.

INDEX – There was plenty of good news, high spirits and benefactors aplenty at today’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA shelter on Route 28.  Plus a new goal to strive for.

First, it was announced the $250,000 matching grant from Staffworks President Anita Vitullo has been met, contributing $500,000 total to the $2 million original goal.

Second, it was announced the $2 million goal has been met, but also that an expanding vision has required a new goal — $3 million – with four years to meet the new target.

“We’re here to do it once and to do it right,” Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes declared in announcing the new goal to an upbeat and applauding crowd.

How Often Can We Help Something 1st-Rate Happen?

EDITORIAL

How Often Can We Help

Something 1st-Rate Happen?

Solicitations, by phone, mail, email or in person, are a pesky part of 21st century life.

The advantages the Susquehanna SPCA’s “Shelter Us” campaign for $3 million to build a new animal shelter are: one, the people who are running it are our neighors – we know them. And, two, everything about it is first rate.

Staffworks’ President Anita Vitullo, left, with Anne Keith, “Shelter Us” campaign chair, at Saturday’s ground breaking. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

Anita Vitullo of Clinton, Staffworks’ president and philanthropist to the pet world, underscored the many ways “Shelter Us” is top notch in her remarks Saturday, Aug. 24, at the groundbreaking on Route 28 at Index.

Smiling Stacie Haynes prepares to announce the $2 million initial goal has been met.

She talked about “dynamic leadership,” and how the shelter’s dynamo executive director, Stacie Haynes, called her and “did a good job of convincing me” to provide support. Add board chair Gaylord Dillingham and “Shelter Us” chair Anne Keith to that dynamic cadre.

Vitullo, who was announcing “Shelter Us” had raised the $250,000 needed to match her matching grant, went on to speak about commitment, and customer service, and mission – all the things that, no doubt, has made her placement company successful, too.

Add in creativity and innovation. Vitullo told how Haynes collaborated with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. and District Attorney John Muehl in creating a county Animal Cruelty Task Force, to get ahead of some of the pet and farm-animal related fiascos of the past few years.

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