By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com
DMOC is led by a board of volunteer directors from the hospitality industry who contracted with the county to invest part of the county’s bed-tax revenues to put “heads in beds” – i.e., tourists in hotels and motels.
The first three-year contract between DMOC and the county board is expiring, the efforts to renew the contract have failed, and did so again today at the county board’s June meeting. The bipartisan split is another example that county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, may be losing control of her majority.
COUNTY BOARD APRIL MEETING
COOPERSTOWN – Bill Hayes, retired Bassett Hospital social worker and local coordinator of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Otsego County, told the county board at its monthly meeting this morning that 41 more cases of child abuse were reported locally in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter last year.
Most of the cases are not life-threatening; they involve unnecessary physical abuse, neglect and poor judgment, he said.
TAKING THE OATH
County Board Chair Reelected Unanimously
COOPERSTOWN – The only thing missing was white smoke coming out of the chimney at 197 Main.
The attempt by county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, to replace Kathy Clark, R-Otego, as chair of the Otsego County Board of Representatives had completely fizzled by this morning.
The three-year chairperson was routinely reelected shortly after the county board’s reorganizational meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. today.
It was unanimous – 6,227 weighted votes to zero. In the end, even Powers, bowing to the inevitable, voted for the woman he’s been trying to build a coalition against in recent days.
ONEONTA – Many people are unable to run for the Otsego County Board of Representatives because it meets at 10 a.m. in the middle of the work week.
County Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, hopes to do something about it: She is introducing a resolution at Wednesday’s county board reorganizational meeting to change the monthly meeting to sometime between 5-7 in the evening, so people who work 9-5 can participate.
The veteran representative said 26 counties in New York State, half the total, already have scheduled their monthly meetings in the evening.
Board Reorganizes Wednesday
By JIM KEVLIN • for AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Veteran county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, is again seeking to bump county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, from the chairmanship, according to representatives whom he’s approached asking for support.
The Otsego County Board of Representatives, which Clark has chaired for four one-year terms now, will hold its reorganizational meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Office Building on upper Main Street here.
Powers, a dairy farmer and beekeeper, again turned back a challenge from Democrat Theresa Winchester of Gilbertsville in the Nov. 3 election. Clark, retired food services manager at SUNY Oneonta, again ran unopposed in the Otego-Laurens district.
Last year, Powers, who served as board chair in 2008 and 2009, also tried to take the chairmanship from Clark, even meeting with Democrats at county Rep. Kay Stuligross’ Oneonta home to try to form a bipartisan majority. That effort failed.
By DON MATHISEN • for AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Twenty-six county job cuts are down to 22.
A majority of Otsego County representatives today took an informal vote to restore three full-time jobs that would be eliminated if the 2016 tentative budget is passed by the full board.
Democrat Andrew Stammel defeated incumbent county Rep. Janet Hurley Quackenbush, R-Town of Oneonta, in today’s county board balloting, but county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta, turned back a challenge from Democrat Amy HornburgHeilveil.
Returns were slow coming in on the District 8 race – Democrat Andy Marietta Vs. county Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Fly Creek – due to a machine malfunctioning at the Cooperstown polling place, St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” parish hall.