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TedxOneonta to return Friday

TedxOneonta to return Friday

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

TedxOneonta returns for its fourth event in five years, with an evening of presentations beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta.

This year’s theme, a holdover from the canceled 2020 event, is “Changing World.”

“We basically have been planning this for two years,” said Dan Buttermann, TedxOneonta co-founder and executive director.

The local version of Ted talks — the x means it is an independent event and not run by the national organization — this year will feature four speakers.

Letter by Dan Butterman: Vaccines are safe, effective and helping us get back to life

Letter by Dan Butterman:
Vaccines are safe, effective
and helping us get back to life

My 12-year-old daughter just got the COVID-19 vaccine. As soon as the guidelines changed to make 12-year-olds eligible, she declared that she wanted the vaccine on her birthday. So, we made it a family excursion, just as though she were getting her ears pierced, and now she’s protected.

She is not the only 12-year-old I know who has stepped up to take that shot. Most of her eligible friends have stepped up as well. Our so-called leaders with their misinformation campaigns have failed to guide our children. I see children willing to do their part to help end this horrific virus. They have done virtual school, missed birthday parties, and distanced themselves from friends and grandparents, and they are tired of all of it.

TEDxOneonta announces speakers, opens ticket sales

TEDxOneonta announces speakers, opens ticket sales

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The widely acclaimed TED talks are coming back to Oneonta with the theme of “Changing World.”

The event will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 .

Rebecca Ahmed speaking about the need to eliminate bias in zoom office culture.

Rachel Kornhauser will be giving a talk called “Climate Change and Sustainability in the Age of COVID.”

Gohar Petrossian will be speaking on “Why Justice for Wildlife Affects You.”

The final speaker will be Rosalia Rivera giving a talk on ending rape culture.

“We are thrilled to have TEDx back in Oneonta in 2021.  We had to postpone our event for 2020, but we are back with four wonderful speakers ready to inspire us with new ideas,” Dan Butterman, co-founder and executive producer of TEDxOneonta, said in a media release. “We have amazing community support, and can’t wait to share these speakers and ideas with everyone.”

Tickets are $25 until Aug. 27 and $30 afterwards. Go to for more information.

Buttermann, Mosher Will Debate Via Zoom

Buttermann, Mosher

Will Debate Next Week


COOPERSTOWN – Democratic Assembly candidates Daniel Buttermann of Oneonta and Corey Mosher of Hamilton will debate via Zoom 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oneonta and Cooperstown.

The Democratic primary in the 121st District is planned Tuesday, June 23.   The winner will challenge Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield on Nov. 3.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Exhibit ‘Taking The Field: Evolution Of Amateur Baseball’ 05-26-20

Exhibit ‘Taking The Field:

Evolution Of Amateur Baseball’


CURATOR SPOTLIGHT – 2 p.m. Virtual program highlights ‘Taking The Field’ exhibit on amateur baseball, evolution of pro-Ball and equipment. Featuring interview with Baseball Hall of Fame curator on baseball’s origins. Visit


Remembering Our First President


HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Learn how our memory of the First US President has changed over time in ‘The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President’ presented by author Matthew R. Costello, Senior Historian White House Historical Association. Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St., Fort Plain. 518-993-2527 or visit

Dan Buttermann Makes It Official


Dan Buttermann

Makes It Official

Democrat Primary Possible In 121st

Dan Butterman

ONEONTA – Dan Buttermann made it official today:  The Oneonta Democrat plans to challenge Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, for the 121st Assembly District seat, although he first may face a Democratic primary next June.

The 121st includes the bulk of Otsego County, including Oneonta and Cooperstown, all of Madison County and part of Oneida.  The 2020 election will be Nov. 3.

“I am deeply concerned about the future of our district, state and country,” Buttermann said in a press release.  “I fear that failure to invest in the future of our economy today means that our next generation of Upstate New Yorkers will find it harder and harder to stay.”

Herzig To Salka: Help Upstate Cities


Herzig To Salka:

Help Upstate Cities

Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, fields a questions from the audience as part of a Town Hall held tonight in Council Chambers. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Ask and you may receive.

“Cities like mine have maintained taxes at the state-mandated cap of two percent – even at zero percent, but  state aid to municipalities have not increased in 10 years,” said Mayor Gary Herzig during a Town Hall with Oneonta’s Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in Council chambers this evening. “Why won’t the legislature not step up to and provide aid to cities who are fighting to renew their infrastructure, economic development, maintain services, attract new people and prevent people from leaving?”

Salka began his answer suggesting the lack of state aid increases to cities was because the legislature was controlled by “downstate interests,” legislators did not understand what Upstate New York needed, and the governor thought “there were too many towns and cities” and “wanted things big.”


Renewable Energy & Economic

Development Panel Discussion


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – 7 – 9 p.m. Join panel to discuss Economic development, renewable energy possibilities, existing conservation/renewable energy programs, more with Karl Seeley professor of economics at Hartwick, Dan Butterman candidate for NYS Assembly district 121, Leslie Orzetti executive director Otsego County Conservation Association. Followed by Q&A session. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit

Oneontan Runs Against Magee

Oneontan Runs

Against Magee

Buttermann Seeks Assembly Seat

Dan Buttermann

ONEONTA – An Otsego County candidate today announced he will run against veteran Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson.

Dan Buttermann, the Oneonta City school board member and former candidate for county board, declared his candidacy for the 121st District, challenging fellow Democrat Magee in a June primary.  If he wins, he will face John Salka, the former Brookfield town supervisor and Madison County board chair, in November.

“As your representative,” said the candidate, who is an NYCM claims manager, “I will use my knowledge and experiences in business and community service to lead on the issues of education, economic development, infrastructure, environmental protection and sustainability.”

Deadline Approaches As Oneonta School Board Seeks Petitions

2 Incumbents Unopposed

For Oneonta School Board

ONEONTA – Two seats on the Oneonta City school board are open and the deadline for getting on the ballot is Wednesday, April 26.

Currently, incumbents Amy Burnsworth and Dan Buttermann are running unopposed. To apply, a petition may be obtained from the Oneonta School District offices in the former Center Street School, and 100 signatures from registered voters are needed.

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