Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
As a result of severe flooding that affected the Butternut Valley area in July, the Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to businesses and residents affected by the flooding.
Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for repairs and $200,000 for homeowners to replace and repair real estate as well as $40,000 for personal property.
Interest rates are 2.8% for businesses, 2% for non-profits and 1.6% for homeowners and renters.
SBA administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 13, in response to Governor Kathy Hochul requesting a disaster declaration for Otsego County, which also affects neighboring counties such as Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer and others.
“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Otsego County’s small businesses and residents impacted by the severe storms and flooding,” Guzman said in a media release. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”
A disaster loan outreach center will be set up at the Morris Fire Department starting on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in order to answer questions about applications for the loan program.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
HARVEST FEST – 3 – 6 p.m. Celebrate Summer Harvest featuring Farmers Market, Live Music, kids zoomobile, more. Free admission, food. Guy Rathbun Park (behind firehouse), 117 Main St., Morris. Visit butternutvalleyalliance.org
CABARET – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Join the Guilty Pleasure Cabaret for a fun, all-levels, dance class sure to get you sweating. Combines elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, fitness, stiletto heals to bring out your inner diva, build confidence, find your fierce. Bring water, active wear, sneakers. Cost, $15/adult. THE CHURCH, 2381 NY-205, Mount Vision. 607-638-5119 or visit www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/
COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 2
COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Pittsfield
EDUCATION: Army Corp of Engineers, Army Airborne School
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Owner/Operator, Oneonta Redemption Center, South Side Drive, Oneonta
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: School fundraising, Mentoring kids/teens to learn that good work ethics result in what they receive
FAMILY: married , three children
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Government can’t fix our problems, government is the problem
MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: Lack of leadership and direction
MY QUALITIES: Military leadership, family values and common sense !
STATEMENT: Otsego county has all the resources to become a great county again, minus some vital leadership. I-88, a railroad system and a central location in the Northeast are all assets that could and should become better utilized. Our county government seems to cater to special interest groups and not always the needs of the communities.
Public assistance and pacifying a drug problem, yet we can’t afford 24-7 sheriff patrols. The county needs to prioritize and fix these problems not pacify them. Pointing fingers and complaining has not and will not fix anything, good leadership does.
There is only one candidate in District 2 of Otsego County who has the leadership experience of leading soldiers on the field of battle and only one candidate who knows firsthand the problems facing small businesses today after being in business for 10 years.
Unity ,Leadership, Common Sense, and an employment-based direction! That is what we need in this county and that is what I am determined to bring to Cooperstown. Cooperstown, get ready because I’m coming and the people of District 2 are coming with me!
The only way we can fix what’s broken, is by VOTING, Tuesday, Nov. 7. See you there !