News of Otsego County


Letter from Kimber Home: Supreme Court Limit?
Letter from Kimber Home

Supreme Court Limit?

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have 9 Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history.

Polls Open Tuesday To Decide 4 Contests

Polls Open Tuesday

To Decide 4 Contests

Presidential, Congress, Assembly

Primary Balloting 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. around Otsego County tomorrow (Tuesday) for the state’s Democratic Presidential Primary, as well as two local Democratic primaries and one Republican primary.

In addition to former Vice President Joe Biden, who experts say has an arithmetical lock on this year’s Democratic presidential nomination, 10 other Democrats who have suspended their campaigns will also appear on the local ballot.

Because of the large number of absentee ballots – for the first time this year, they were mailed to all eligible voters – the results of tomorrow’s voting are not expected to be known for a week, until Tuesday, June 30, according to Lori Lehenbauer, the Republican county elections commissioner.

Mayor Gary Herzig Endorses Jeff Beals For NY-19 Primary

Mayor Gary Herzig Endorses

Jeff Beals For NY-19 Primary

NY-19 democratic congressional candidate Jeff Beals, left, met with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, right, at City Hall to discuss his vision for Oneonta. This afternoon, Herzig announced his endorsement of Beals’ progressive agenda.

ONEONTA – Citing a “bold progressive agenda,” Mayor Gary Herzig has endorsed candidate Jeff Beals for Congress in the June 26 Democratic primary in the 19th Congressional District, the first and only endorsement by a city mayor in the race.

“Jeff Beals is the tough, experienced progressive we need to take on John Faso in the fall,” Herzig declared. “He stands out in this race with a bold progressive agenda and the government background to make change happen.  He will win this race, and I stand with him and the movement he has built to change life here for the better.”

Candidate Diane Neal Cancels Cooperstown Appearance

Candidate Diane Neal Cancels

Today’s Talk In Cooperstown

Diane Neal

COOPERSTOWN – Diane Neal, former “Law & Order SVU” actress and an independent candidate for the 19th Congressional seat, has cancelled this afternoon’s planned 3 p.m. appearance at Cooperstown Village Hall, according to organizer Richard Sternberg, due to an illness in her family.

Sternberg said he will conducted a round table discussion about the five candidates who have appeared so far.

HEADS UP: Zephyr Teachout,

HEADS UP: Zephyr Teachout, Democratic candidate for Congress from Otsego County and the 19th District, will be meeting voters at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Dobler’s Brewery & Tavern in Mount Vision.

Online Poll 01.21.16

Online Poll


Congressional Hopeful Eldridge To Open Oneonta Office

Congressional Hopeful Eldridge To Open Oneonta Office

ONEONTA – Sean Eldridge, the Democratic nominee for Congress from the 19th District that includes Otsego County, is opening an Oneonta office at 152-154 Main St.  He plans to update supporters on the campaign at an opening reception 10:30-noon Saturday, Aug. 16.

Gibson’s Anti-Lyme Disease Bill Over Hurdle In House Committee

Congressman Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson

Gibson’s Anti-Lyme Disease Bill

Over Hurdle In House Committee

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s anti-Lyme Disease legislation – the Tick-borne Disease Research Transparency & Accountability Act of 2014 – has been voted out of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, his office announced today.

H.R. 4701, introduced by the 19th District Republican in May, seeks to prioritize federal research on Lyme and related diseases and give patients a seat at the table.

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