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Albert S Nader Regional Airport

Common Council Votes To Name Airport In Sam Nader’s Honor

Council Names City Airport

After Ex-Mayor Sam Nader

“This was the single greatest point of pride in my dad’s life,” said former mayor John Nader, as he accepted a plaque this evening after Common Council unanimously voted to rename the Oneonta Municipal Airport as The Albert S. Nader Regional Airport. Nader, president of SUNY Farmington, who drove up for the event,  read a statement from his father, who remarked, “I regret that I am unable to be with you tonight, but I want to thank each and every one of you for bestowing this honor on me.” The vote was broadcast on the city’s Facebook page, allowing Sam to watch from home. With Nader is Mayor Gary Herzig, who presented the idea to Council just before Thanksgiving. (Ian Austin/

In Renaming Airport, City Council Praises Nader As Visionary Leader

In Renaming Airport, City Council

Praises Nader As Visionary Leader

Sam Nader

ONEONTA – A motion to rename the city airport as “Albert S. Nader Regional Airport” in honor of the former mayor praises his “thoughtful foresight” and “patient leadership.”

Common Council is due to act on the resolution when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, according to the agenda released this afternoon.

Christened at the time by one local newspaper as “Nader’s Folly,” creation of the airport in 1966 resulted in 30 years of daily passenger service between Oneonta and LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

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