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News of Otsego County

58 layoffs

59 LAYOFFS ENACTED BY COUNTY REPS

59 LAYOFFS

ENACTED BY

COUNTY REPS

Union Rejects ‘Olive Branch’

As Board Seeks To Ease Pain

The county Board of Representatives convened a historic meeting today, approving perhaps the largest number of layoffs in county history.  From left, top row, are Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, and Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta.  Second row, Michele Farwell, D-Morris; Clark Oliver, D-Oneonta; Rick Brockway, R-Laurens; Dan Wilber, R-Burlington.  Third row, Andrew Marietta, D-Fly Creek; Jill Basile, D-Oneonta; Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, and Adrienne Martini, D-Oneonta. Bottom row, Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield.  Chairman Dave Bliss and Vice Chair Meg Kennedy are in upper left.  Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta, attended but had departed.  (Screenshot from today’s Facebook Live meeting)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO..com

COOPERSTOWN – After a 2½-hour executive session, the Otsego County Board of Representatives emerged this afternoon to vote, 9-4, with one absence, to lay off 58 employees, saving $1 million in the face of plummeting revenues caused by the coronavirus threat.

The meeting, the second this month, was called specifically to decide on layoffs.

Four Democratic county representatives voted nay: Michele Farwell, Gilbertsville; and three Oneontans, Andrew Stammel and freshmen Clark Oliver and Jill Basile.  Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta, had participated in the Facebook Live meeting, but was absent for the vote.

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