Otsego County’s Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, top left, shares lessons from the campaign trail with attorney Mark Masler, Cortland, candidate for state Supreme Court judge for the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Otsego County, this afternoon at the freshman assemblyman’s first annual Fall Festival at Rustic Ridge Winery, Town of Burlington. In the background, Rob Norris of Leonardsville, right, and Tripp Swart, West Edmeston, provide the foot-tapping music; the musicians usually play with Loose Canon, a four-man band. Inset, Army meets Navy, as Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tony German of Oneonta, left, shares war stories with David Rees of Oneonta and Five Mile Point, a retired Navy man. German, who stepped down as commander of the New York State National Guard in February, is running for 19th District congressman; in the 1990s, Rees ran for the Assembly seat Salka now holds. Attendees ranged from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy, to Bobby Walker, Fly Creek, the SUNY Albany senior who is president of the New York State College Republicans. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – The Huntington Memorial Library has received a state grant to install energy-efficient and historically accurate outdoor lighting.
The grant is part of $600,000 in library grants Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, announced today for his district, including two others in Otsego County:
• To the Richfield Springs Public Library, to make the restroom ADA compliant
• To the Edmeston Free Library, for interior and exterior renovations
Report: No State Funding
For Riverside Apartments
ONEONTA – Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who represents Oneonta, has told local foes of Riverside Apartments that the state has denied funding to RSS’ 64-unit housing project at River and Duane streets, according to an email from Donna Harmer to fellow members of Sixth Ward Neighbors United.
SALKA PUSHED FOR BILL
Bypassing his fellow Democrats in the Assembly, Governor Cuomo today ordered the state to begin providing tuition assistance to Gold Star Families, the spouses and children of soldiers killed in the line of duty.
Otsego County Assembly John Salka, R-Brookfield, who has been pushing the legislation, said the governor’s action “is simply amazing.”
He said, “From me and my peers in the Assembly Republican Conference, veterans organizations and even President Trump, the outpouring of support was staggering to ensure that the memory of our fallen heroes was honored. I thank everyone who joined their voices with mine, a great step for New York.”
Assembly Democrats had defended their move to block the GOP-backed bill because its costs had not been determined and it came up after approval of the state budget.
OPPOSITION BLOCKS 25,000 JOBS
ONEONTA – Otsego County’s delegation in the state Legislature today expressed regret on news that Amazon has backed away from locating its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.
“This is a lost opportunity for New York State,” said state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. “It is extremely unfortunate that a hostile political environment has resulted in the loss of 25,000 good paying jobs. While I have been critical of the lack of transparency involved in the Amazon deal, I was ultimately supportive of the economic opportunities that were on our horizon.”