ONEONTA – Mark Davies, Ward 2, and Kaytee Lipari Shue, Ward 4, will both appear on the Democratic ballot line for Oneonta Common Council this November after hammering opponents Seth Clark and Jerid Goss in today’s primary.
Both were endorsed by the city Democratic Committee.
Without write-ins counted, Davies received 95 votes to Clark’s five, and Shue got 49 votes to Goss’ 11. However, both Clark and Goss will run on the Republican and Independence lines in November.
COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Center Street, Oneonta for over 30 years.
EDUCATION: Oneonta City Schools (’05) and Academy of Art University in San Francisco (advertising)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Retail business leadership for over 10 years, most notably maurices at the Southside Mall for five years.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: City of Oneonta sustainability taskforce alongside Mark Davies. First United Methodist Thanksgiving dinner volunteer for several years. Represented maurices as a local Chamber of Commerce member. Coordinator of numerous drives and events as Store Leader of maurices benefitting local groups – focusing on women, children, seniors and animals.
FAMILY: I have a husband, Jared, who is also an Oneonta native, and a son, Henry.
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Council members should be elected to advocate for their constituents and ensure tax dollars are used to appropriately address community needs.
MAJOR ISSUES FACING CITY OF ONEONTA:
I think it’s important that we are finding purposeful solutions for the future, rather than making potentially short-sighted decisions. For example, the DRI grant is an important opportunity and it’s crucial that we think about how the decisions we make now will age in the community we want to build.
It’s critical that we focus on growing the local economy by encouraging quality job creation and by reducing the tax burden on homeowners.
We need to facilitate a symbiotic relationship between the City and the colleges. We are a college town – so the students are a vital part of our city’s character, but our year-round residents who have invested in our community deserve respect. This is a continual issue for the residents of my district, so it’s important that we set expectations clearly so that we are all participating in a shared vision for our neighborhood. We should also tap into the college community when it comes to growing industry in our area, as supporting students with jobs in their field after they graduate will help them view (and treat) Oneonta as their home.
I’m also passionate about increased communication and transparency between City Hall and city residents so that everyone feels involved in the processes that impact our quality of life.
MY QUALITIES: strong communicator, results focused, driven, organized, and genuinely optimistic.
When people I grew up with hear that I’m still in our hometown, a lot of them ask me why – and that is exactly why I’m running for city government. The perception among many is that Oneonta is a great place to grow up, but not a great place to stay. We raise great kids, and so many more move here to go to college, but then most end up elsewhere because there isn’t anything to keep them here long term. It’s hard to find housing. It’s hard to find jobs. “There isn’t anything to do.”
Our community has so much potential. We could absolutely be a destination for other families like mine to put down roots; to live, work, shop, dine, and proudly call Oneonta their home. In recent years, we have taken steps toward that potential, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I’m motivated to dig in, work hard, find solutions to our challenges, and be involved in these decisions that will shape the future of Oneonta.
As a lifelong resident of the Fourth Ward, you can trust that my perspective on issues will come from a place of deeply held personal understanding. I’ve been here through the ups and downs in our community, and I can relate to many of the concerns of my neighbors. Now, more than ever, city residents are voicing their opinions, hoping to be heard by those making decisions on their behalf – and I would be excited and honored to be their representative.
ONEONTA – Anti-gas activists from around Otsego County returned to Oneonta Tuesday, June 18, with the same message: The environmental review to allow redevelopment of the D&H Railyards is not detailed enough.
And Mayor Gary Herzig repeated the same response he has since a stormy hearing Tuesday, March 5 at Foothills: If someone shows up with a plan to actually do something, a more detailed environmental review will be done.
In an unusual change in procedure, no public comment was permitted at this Common Council meeting before a 7-1 vote was taken accepting the final GEIS (general environmental impact statement) the state requires of any prospective development.
Then, as expected in advance reports, the Concerned Citizens of Oneonta and allies as far away as Cherry Valley accused Common Council of ignoring the concerns they’ve been raising.
ONEONTA – Unhappy Concerned Citizens of Oneonta are expected back at tomorrow’s 7 p.m. Common Council meeting.
Common Council is expected to act on the GEIS – generic environmental impact statement – on the D&H railyards redevelopment, and Citizens’ email sent out Sunday says it “dismisses every single comment brought by the public.
“No changes were made at all. And the city is now trying to plow ahead,” it states.
ONEONTA — Mark Drnek, owner of Sweet Home Productions and the creator of the “Everything Oneonta” website has announced his candidacy for the eighth ward seat on Oneonta’s Common Council.
The seat is currently held by Joe Ficano, who announced that he would not seek re-election
In addition to his website and directory, Drnek is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, “The Blue Light Central,” which is broadcast on nearly 2-dozen stations from Anchorage, Alaska to Asheville, North Carolina.
ONEONTA – One after another, seven candidates announced over five days they were running for Common Council to succeed five Council members who are retiring. Beginning with Len Carson, follow the progression and read their
ONEONTA – Mark Boshnack, retired Daily Star reporter, this afternoon said he plans to run for the Sixth Ward Common Council seat being vacated by Deputy Mayor Russ Southard.
His announcement sets up a contest with Scott Harrington, who announced Friday he is seeking the Ward 6 seat. With Mark Davies announcing this morning he will vie against Seth Clark for the Ward 2 seat, at least two of five vacancies will be contested in November.
ONEONTA – Michele Frazier, first-term First Ward Common Council member, made it official this afternoon: She is running for a second term this November.
Of the three incumbents said to be running again, that leaves only John Rafter, Ward 7, still to make it official. David Rissberger, Ward 3, announced Saturday he’s in.
Five Council members are retiring, and six candidates have already emerged to run for those positions: Seth Clark and Mark Davies (Ward 2), Jerid Goss (Ward 4), Len Carson (Ward 5), Scott Harrington (Ward 6) and Joshua Bailey (Ward 8).
Here is the text of Michele Frazier’s announcement:
ONEONTA – The first contest in November’s Common Council election surfaced a few minutes ago.
Mark Davies, the Hartwick College professor who chairs the city’s Environmental Board, announced he will be running to represent Oneonta’s 2nd Ward on the Common Council, replacing Melissa Nicosia, who isn’t running again.
His announcement sets him up against Seth Clark, a Democrat who announced over the weekend he is running for Nicosia’s seat.
He represents the Third Ward, which extends one block on each side of Maple Street and north of State Street.
Rissberger is the first Democrat to announced he’s in the race. In The past few days, Republicans Len Carson and Scott Harrington announced they are running to fill seats that are being vacated this fall.
ONEONTA – Former county rep Len Carson confirmed a few minutes ago he is planning to run for Common Council this fall to represent Ward 5 in the city’s west end.
A Republican, he said he has spoken with the current Council member, Democrat Dana Levinson, who told him she isn’t planning to seek another term. All Common Council positions are up for reelection in November.
“You know me,” he said. “I’m not into the ‘D’ and the ‘R’ and the ‘C.’ We need to have a leader, the mayor, and representatives of the wards working together to do the good work that needs to be done. Party politics don’t work at the local level. We need good people.”