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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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