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Brian Miller

CARMAN: Candidate’s Record Should Be Examined
Letter from Tracy Carman

Candidate’s Record
Should Be Examined

Choosing who we want to represent our interests in Albany is about looking at the track record and asking who will do more for our area.

In the 122nd Assembly District, the answer is clear. In Brian Miller’s six years in office, he has had only one bill passed and signed into law. More often than not, he voted AGAINST legislation that would help our district.

KIRNAN: Miller Works Hard for Voters
Letter from Veronica & Bill Kirnan

Miller Works Hard for Voters

We have been raising our family in the Town of Montgomery, Orange County, New York, for many years. We are about to lose our current Assembly person, Brian Miller, and we know that many of you reading this letter will have an opportunity to vote for Brian this year for the first time.

MAHER: Miller Will Be Fierce Advocate for 121st
Letter from Brian Maher

Miller Will Be Fierce
Advocate for 121st

As Supervisor of the Town of Montgomery I can say firsthand that I have been proud to call Brian Miller my New York State Assembly representative. While I know many of the folks reading this letter may be voting for Brian Miller for the first time, rest assured he will represent you well. He works hard, he listens and he has been a fierce advocate for issues that have been very important for the residents I represent. The 101st district is one of the longest in the State of New York. It is a two- to three-hour drive to many parts of the district. Brian Miller did his very best to make sure all of us felt represented even with this geographical challenge. I look forward to continuing to work with Assemblyman Miller and I know that he will continue to work diligently to improve the quality of life in any community he represents.

Brian Maher
Supervisor,
Town of Montgomery,
Orange County

DAVIS: Brian Miller – Our Loss is Your Gain
Letter from David Davis

Brian Miller: Our
Loss is Your Gain

Due to re-districting, our New York State Assemblyman Brian Miller is now running for the 122nd New York State Assembly District seat. After serving us in the New York State 101st Assembly District, we are saddened by the loss of Assemblyman Miller. While serving us in the Assembly, Assemblyman Miller has done an awesome job. Brian has fought hard for small businesses, farmers and the Second Amendment, just to name a few areas where Brian has made a positive impact in our community.

The current 101st New York State Assembly District is narrow and long (approximately 250 miles). It takes a minimum of a three-hour drive to reach his furthest constituents. Assemblyman Miller makes this drive several times a month. Our last assemblyman would only come to our township a few times a year. Assemblyman Miller will be very approachable if elected to the 122nd Assembly District. I have called Assemblyman Miller several times during his tenure. Assemblyman Miller has personally called me back several times to answer my questions, and my stance on specific Assembly bills.

Invest in your community by casting your vote for Brian Miller for the New York State 122nd Assembly District!

David Davis
Pine Bush

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Meet the Candidates for
Member of Assembly, 122nd District

Publisher’s Note: Last week we sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races in November to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. We asked them:

A. Please tell us about yourself.

B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?

We will run these answers over the next few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Dan Butterman, DEM

Dan Butterman

A: I live in Oneonta with my wife, Ana Laura, and our three daughters. We have happily participated in many community organizations throughout the years, starting with the community bands—we are both musicians. Ana teaches music at Hartwick College and I work in claims at NYCM Insurance.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation in a televised address Tuesday, Aug. 10, effective in two weeks.

While the governor denied accusations that he was intentionally inappropriate with anyone, he said that the “politically motivated” allegations against him would plunge the state into disarray.

The three-term governor has been rocked by sexual harassment allegations which included unwanted kisses and touching.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will become the next New York State governor.

Reactions to the resignation were swift.

“While we can now turn to rebuilding our state, it does not mean the end of multiple investigations into the departing governor and his retaliatory enablers,” State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, said in a statement. ” The brave women who stepped forward to tell their stories deserve justice, along with those who lost their lives needlessly due to the governor’s irresponsible COVID nursing home directive. ”

“New Yorkers can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Andrew Cuomo will no longer be able to wield the immense power of the governor’s office to commit his corruption and abuse, but make no mistake, this resignation is simply an attempt to avoid real accountability for his numerous crimes,” NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said in a media release. “Thousands of lives have been destroyed by Andrew Cuomo and the legislature must continue to move forward with impeachment to ensure he can never run for office again.”

  “Gov. Cuomo finally stepping down is ultimately for the good of New York and something I am glad to see finally happening,” Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, said in a statement.  This resignation is a definitive new beginning. We deserve a better leader.”

“New York now has a chance to move forward and build a new culture of leadership,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, in a statement. “Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is an exceptional public servant and will be an excellent governor. I look forward to working together to continue serving the people of our great state.”

“Gov. Cuomo’s resignation is welcome news for all New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in a press release. “He has finally acted in the best interest of the people. His actions have been disturbing and inexcusable. I am pleased to see the governor step aside and allow government to function properly. I will continue to stand with these women and fight to hold the governor accountable. Congratulations to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, I look forward to working with her in a positive and bipartisan manner.”

“I again want to thank the women who came forward for their accounts and applaud them for their bravery, because today we sent a message to everyone that conduct of this nature will never be tolerated, from anyone,” Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schohaire, said in a press release. “I wish to congratulate Kathy Hochul, the next governor of our state, and hope that we will be able to establish a productive, bipartisan relationship to do all we can for the people of New York.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, with then Hall of Fame President Tim Mead last year, will become New York’s governor in two weeks. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com).

Chamber forum seeks solutions for workforce shortage

Chamber forum seeks
solutions for workforce shortage

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Kingston, speaks to the panel during an Otsego County Chamber of Commerce forum on workforce needs.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Zoom town hall Tuesday, July 27, to discuss workforce needs for small businesses.

The participants included Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, and Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie.

The overall sentiments of the Zoom call echoed the reality of a huge problem with understaffing and the difficulties hiring employees in Otsego County.

Business owners spoke of restaurants being unable to service customers due to staff shortages and some businesses being forced to close early based on having no staff available.

Audrey Benkenstein, from Opportunities for Otsego, spoke about how many of her organization’s positions required advanced degrees and training, which made finding employees very difficult.

“We serve a vulnerable population and without staffing our programs suffer,” Benkenstein said. She said there were also lack of transportation options, lack of internet issues and lack of day care assistance available.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Discuss a sustainable workforce 07-27-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 27

Discuss a sustainable workforce

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WORKFORCE FORUM – 9 – 11 a.m. Business owners are invited to discuss their employment needs, problems, and how to address them. Each will be given 2 – 3 minutes to discuss with elected officials including Congressman Antonio Delgado, State Senator Peter Oberacker, Assemblymen John Salka, Chris Tague, & Brian Miller. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit members.otsegocc.com/events/details/2021-workforce-needs-forum-delgado-oberacker-and-assemblymen-salka-miller-and-tague-to-hear-your-thoughts-460

Public forum for potential school merger between Schenevus and Worcester set for Monday, June 14

Public forum for
potential school merger
between Schenevus and Worcester
set for Monday, June 14

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

An ongoing series of discussions surrounding the potential of a merger between Schenevus and Worcester central schools is culminating in a public forum that is to be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 14, at Schenevus’s Draper School, according to a media release.

Discussions of a merger have been long underway in what is called “Merger Mondays,” a monthly meeting to discuss the possibility of the two schools merging.

A walking tour of SCS is also scheduled at 5 p.m., prior to the forum.

GOP Chief Barnstorms Locally On Election Eve

LANGWORTHY IN COOPERSTOWN

GOP Chief Barnstorms

Locally On Election Eve

With four days to go until Election Day for federal and state offices, state Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy stopped in Cooperstown this morning to rally the local party faithful on the first stop of a Central New York tour. He decried “AOC Wannabes” and the state’s leftward shift, raising concerns about bail reform and plans to give illegal residents the right to vote. He was joined by the local GOP ticket (inset, right), led by state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker (center); from left are Assembly incubents John Salka, whose district includes Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs; Chris Tague, who represents Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland. At lower right is Ryan Van De Water, the Republican lawyer from Poughkeepsie who’s challenging Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19. The contingent continued on to Oneida County.  Flanking him are county Rep. Dan Wilber, Burlington, a former member of the famed Thunderbirds (note cap), and Bobby Walker, CCS grad now completing his degree at SUNY Albany. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Treated For COVID, Assemblyman Miller Out Of Intensive Care

Treated For COVID,

Assemblyman Miller

Out Of Intensive Care

Brian Miller

NEW HARTFORD – After a month and a day in ICU, Assemblyman Brian Miller, a Republican who represents four Otsego County towns,  is out of St. Luke’s Hospital’s  intensive care unit in Utica and beginning “the next phase of healing and recovery.”

Miller’s 101st District includes the towns of Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland in Otsego County.

“There are no words to express the amount of appreciation I have for the professionals at Mohawk Valley Health Systems,” he said in a statement his office released this afternoon.

County Assemblyman Tests Positive For C-19

County Assemblyman

Tests Positive For C-19

Brian Miller, R-101st, Hospitalized In Utica

Assemblyman Brian Miller at a bail-reform rally Feb. 4 at the Otsego County Jail. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

NEW HARTFORD – Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101st, whose district includes Springfield, Middlefield,  Westford and Maryland in Otsego County, has tested positive for coronavirus, and is hospitalized in St. Luke’s Hospital, Utica.

He participated in the legislative session on March 18, and remained in Albany on March 19.  He was tested for COVID-19 on March 20, and self-quarantined in his home immediately afterward, said Minority Leader Will Barclay, who announced the news today.

“I encourage anyone who may have had contact with or been in close proximity to Brian to take necessary steps to self-isolate and limit any contact with others who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Barclay.

McEvoy Announces Run For Assembly In 101st

McEvoy To Run Again

For Assembly In 101st

He Promises To Kill ‘Catskill Snake’

Chad McEvoy

WESTFORD – Democrat Chad McEvoy this morning announced he will run again in the 101st District against Republican Brian Miller.  This year’s election is Nov. 3.

The 101st is “one of the most gerrymandered in all New York State,” McEvoy said in his announcement.  It winds spaghetti-like from the Utica area to Orange County, north of Newburgh.

When he ran in 2018, one of McEvoy’s main promises was to get the 200-mile “Catskill snake” redrawn in a way that would allow better representation.

‘Non-Partisan’ Sustainable Otsego Again Endorses Only Democrats

‘Non-Partisan’ Sustainable Otsego

Again Endorses Only Democrats

COOPERSTOWN – Sustainable Otsego, “an authorized non-partisan political action committee,” has again endorsed all Democrats in the Nov. 6 election.

The environmental group endorsed:

  • Democrat Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck vs. U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook.
  • Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville, vs. state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
  • Democrat Chad McEvoy of Westford vs. Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford.

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