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Questionnaire — Oberacker

Peter Oberacker

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 6

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Schenevus

EDUCATION: Associate Degree Food Sale & Distribution

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: CEO Formtech Solutions Inc.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: C.H. Graham Hose Company, Schenevus Valley Lodge 592 Masons, Schenevus Methodist Church, Town of Maryland Board, Town of Maryland supervisor, Foundation of Excellence board member.

FAMILY: Wife Shannon, daughter Holli, son Derek.

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Less is more.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: Rebuilding our infrastructure while keeping taxes in line. A County Manager would be a great start.

MY QUALITIES: Having served on my local government as Supervisor, it gave me an appreciation for those that serve. What it takes financially to run a municipal entity, and the importance of communication.

STATEMENT:

“The reason a lot of  people don’t recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” Thomas A. Edison.

Companies Knocking on Schenevus’ door

35 DISCUSS DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Oberacker: Already,

Companies Knocking

On Schenevus’ Door

Maryland Town Supervisor Harold Palmer, center, who presided this evening, said, “We’re in the baby stage and we’re hoping it grows.” He is flanked by Town Board members Scott Gaston, left, and Brian Bookhout. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Peter Oberacker tells constituents in Schenevus this evening: If we make it “shovel ready,” they will come.

SCHENEVUS – Since the news broke on AllOTSEGO.com Thursday, Jan. 26, companies seeking distribution-center sites have already begun calling county Rep. Peter Oberacker to express interest, he told the 35 people who packed the Maryland Town Board’s meeting room this evening.

“We’ve been contacted,” said Oberacker, the Republican who represents the towns of Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur.  “Nobody’s committed, but we’ve been contacted.”

Still, he encouraged people not to get too excited yet about development of the 170-acre site on the east end of this hamlet at the I-88 exit, which could bring an estimated 250 to 500 jobs here.  “It’s not going to be all unicorns and rainbows,” he said.

But upbeat townspeople were having none of it at the lighthearted 90-minute meeting, where attendees eagerly blue-skied about what might be.

Maryland Supervisor Looks For New Revenue Sources
PETER OBERACKER, R-DISTRICT 6

Maryland Supervisor Looks

For New Revenue Sources

Peter Oberacker, the Maryland town supervisor who operates a consultancy with national food companies out of Schenevus, was interviewed in his office away from his office: The Etc. Etc. convenience store in the Town of Maryland. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Peter Oberacker, the Maryland town supervisor who operates a consultancy with national food companies out of Schenevus, was interviewed in his office away from his office: The Etc. Etc. convenience store in the Town of Maryland. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note:  This is the third of seven profiles, one each on the seven new members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives elected Nov. 3, that will appear each Wednesday up until they take office Jan. 1.  Next week, David Bliss, R-District 5 (Towns of Middlefield, Roseboom, Cherry Valley).

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for AllOTSEGO.com

MARYLAND – “My wife told me I was looking portly, that I should take up running,” joked Peter Oberacker, Maryland town supervisor. “So I ran for office!”

OtsegoCountySeal-Color-500pix_largeOberacker, a Republican, is the newlyelected Otsego County Board representative for District 6 – Decatur, Maryland, Westford and Worcester.  He ran unopposed, hand-picked by Don Lindberg, who is retiring from the county board to become Worcester town supervisor.

“When he announced that he wouldn’t be running, he asked if I would be interested, and I told him ‘Absolutely not’!” he said. “I didn’t think I had the skill set.”

But Lindberg believed in him, and approached him again a few weeks later. “He told me I had the skill set he needed – I had a background in business and I had raised a family locally.  He twisted my arm!”

New Purchasing System Fails To Deliver Road Salt In Time
COUNTY REPS MEET ON MATTER

New Purchasing System Fails

To Deliver Road Salt In Time

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – After town garages failed to get road-salt orders in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend snowstorms, the county Board of Representatives is meeting as a “committee of the whole” at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to ensure its new purchasing agreement with Onondaga County is working satisfactorily.

“When you start something new, there are always a couple of glitches,” said county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, who chairs the county board’s Public Works Committee.

Bill Mason Appointed County Highway Chief

Bill Mason Appointed

County Highway Chief

His first day of his permanent appointment, Will Mason, the county's new highway superintendent, plans salting and plowing programs with Rich Brimmer, left, and Kevin Hoose. (AllOTSEGO.com)
His first day of his permanent appointment, Bill Mason, the county’s new highway superintendent, plans salting and plowing programs with Rich Brimmer, left, and Kevin Hoose. (AllOTSEGO.com)

He Brings 24 Years NY DOT Experience

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Bill Mason, the retired DOT engineer who has served as interim county highway superintendent for the past four months, was appointed to a four-year term yesterday by the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

He succeeds Ron Tiderencel, who retired in April.

In an interview this morning, Mason said his first order of business will be to develop an “asset management program,” assessing the priorities for paving, sign replacement and major culverts.  He noted staffing in the highway department is one-third of its peak, and equipment needs attention, and that the county board has voiced support for a four-year program of renewal.

POWERS CHALLENGE TO CLARK FIZZLES

TAKING THE OATH

County Judge John Lambert this morning swears in the Otsego County Board of Representatives for two-year terms.
County Judge John Lambert this morning swears in the Otsego County Board of Representatives for two-year terms.   Front row, from left, are county Reps. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla; Len Carson, R-Oneonta; David Bliss, R-Middlefield, and Kathy Clark, R-Otego.  Behind them, from left, are county Reps. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts; Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland; Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, and Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

POWERS CHALLENGE

TO CLARK FIZZLES

County Board Chair Reelected Unanimously

Kathy Clark, R-Otego, retakes her usual seat at the front of County Board chambers after her unanimous reelection. At left is Carol McGovern, clerk of the board.
Kathy Clark, R-Otego, retakes her usual seat at the front of County Board chambers after her unanimous reelection. At left is Carol McGovern, clerk of the board.

COOPERSTOWN – The only thing missing was white smoke coming out of the chimney at 197 Main.

The attempt by county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, to replace Kathy Clark, R-Otego, as chair of the Otsego County Board of Representatives had completely fizzled by this morning.

The three-year chairperson was routinely reelected shortly after the county board’s reorganizational meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. today.

It was unanimous – 6,227 weighted votes to zero.  In the end, even Powers, bowing to the inevitable, voted for the woman he’s been trying to build a coalition against in recent days.

Rep. Powers Denies ‘Queenmaker’ Role

Rep.  Powers Denies

‘Queenmaker’ Role

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

County Reps. Jim Powers, left, and Peter Oberacker at Wednesday’s reorganization meeting. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, denies he was the kingmaker – or queenmaker – in Wednesday’s split vote that allowed county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otsego, to remain chair of the county Board of Representatives for another year.

“This business of me being the kingmaker is baloney,” he declared when reached yesterday afternoon at his farm near South New Berlin.

Supporters of county Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, said they had expected Powers’ support, but when he shifted his 503 weighted votes to Clark he ensured she would continue to serve as chair for another year.

Can Board Chair Name Her Committee Chairs?

Can County Board Chair

Name Committee Chairs?

Or Must Committees Pick Own Leadership?

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – As the 2017 committees of the county Board of Representatives began meeting this week, a wrinkle surfaced.

The question: Does county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego – or any county board chair – have the authority to appoint committee chairs, as has been her practice and that of her predecessors?

Just in case, members of at least one and perhaps two made motions to vote for their committee chairs.

EDITORIAL: NYSEG Must Provide Full Range Of Energy

EDITORIAL April 20, 2018

NYSEG Must Provide
Full Range Of Energy

OTHERWISE, OUTMIGRATION INEVITABLE

From NYSEG Facebook page An Otsego Now contingent returned from a March 14 meeting reassured NYSEG’s new president Carl Taylor would help ease local energy shortages.

Let’s not be prophets of doom, but we’re all thinking people who can more or less put the pieces of the puzzle together.

In her March 29-30 column, our colleague,
columnist Cathe Ellsworth, alerted us to an
Albany Business Review report that Upstate
New York lost 2 percent of its population
between 2011 and 2015. Seven counties gained population; 20 lost it.
In our general area, Tompkins County – home of Cornell and Ithaca College – surprisingly lost the second most, 5.1 percent or 5,294 people. Our Otsego County was 11th on the list, losing 2.26 percent or 1,408 people.

The next week on our front page came the story, “Utility Retreats From Gas Pipeline Upgrade,” reporting how the utility serving our county, NYSEG, has backed away from upgrading the DeRuyter natural-gas line that runs to Sidney and then Oneonta, even though it received a rate increase to do so a couple of years ago.
In the article, Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky reaffirmed NYSEG can’t provide enough natural gas – or electricity, either – that any new manufacturer of any size would require to move here.
A Chinese company looking to establish a manufacturing plant somewhere in the U.S. came calling a few months ago, Zakrevsky continued. “We had proximity to an Interstate, water, sewer – but we could not meet their energy demands, either electrical or gas,” he said. “…Without that power, we’re limiting our ability to compete.”
The news hook for the story was a meeting state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hosted at his Albany office in mid-March for local business and community leaders to make a plea to NYSEG’s new president, Carl Taylor.

Bliss Appointments Reflect ‘Continuity’ 

COUNTY BOARD REORGANIZES

Bliss: Appointments

Aim At ‘Continuity’ 

Meg Kennedy Emerges With New Status

As Chairman Of Both Administration, IGA

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, presides at this morning’s reorganizational meeting. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – She went into today’s reorganizational meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives already with the greatest clout under the weighted voting system.

But Meg Kennedy’s rising stature was quickly affirmed.

She was nominated and elected temporary chair of the reorganizational meeting, presiding over the transition of the chairmanship from Kathy Clark, R-Otego, to David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield.

And she emerged from the morning’s decision-making as chair of the Administration Committee – Ways & Means, through which all resolutions must flow before getting to the floor of the monthly county board meeting.

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