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Oneonta warming site at capacity
Oneonta’s warming station at 189 Chestnut Street. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Oneonta warming site at capacity

By Kevin Limiti

Opportunities for Otsego and the Oneonta Police Department are exploring strategies to get homeless people in the area sheltered now that winter is here.

An executive order issued by former Governor Andrew Cuomo says that after temperatures go below 32 degrees, the homeless must be sheltered.

Catholic Charities, the Main Street Baptist Church, Otsego County Department of Social Services, and other religious groups opened a new warming station in Oneonta in March 2021 to allow those outside to warm up during the cold weather.

OFO Announces Temporary Closure, Virtual Services

OFO Announces

Temporary Closure,

Virtual Services

ONEONTA – Opportunities For Otsego has announced that they will be closed until Tuesday, April 14, closing Head Start and Universal Pre-K, and relegating emergency housing services to the County, according to a release from Dan Maskin, CEO.

Essential staff will be working remotely to answer questions, and WIC and Weatherization participants with appointments will be contacted.  The Violence Intervention Program staff will be providing virtual services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. If immediate assistance is needed, the 24-hour Crisis Hotline is operating; call (607) 432.4855 to speak with an advocate.

Delgado Meets With OFO, Says Session ‘Illuminating

MASKIN, HERZIG IMPRESSED

Delgado Meets With OFO,

Says Session ‘Illuminating’

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, today met with the poverty-fighting Opportunities for Otsego’s board of directors and staff.

The freshman congressman called the meeting “illuminating and deeply important to understand the headwinds facing thousands of Upstate New Yorkers experiencing poverty and homelessness.”

OFO CEO Dan Maskin said he was “honored” to have Delgado visit the organization, adding, “I was thoroughly impressed that he took the time to listen to each of the 25 participants’ stories about issues impacting the poor.”

Participate In Census – Or Lose Clout

FROM WAR ON POVERTY’S FRONT LINES

Participate In Census

– Or Lose Clout

By DAN MASKIN • Opportunities For Otsego CEO

As mandated by the Constitution, the United States conducts a decennial census.

This once-every-10-year count of the population – it is coming up in April 2020 – shapes the future of  our communities and helps ensure political power is fairly allocated among the states and at the local level.

Some communities, like those with higher rates of low-income households and people of color, have historically been classified as hard to count.

16.1% Of Us In Poverty. In Oneonta, That’s 25.6%

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16.1% Of Us In Poverty.

In Oneonta, That’s 25.6%

By DAN MASKIN, President, OFO

As it does annually, the New York State Community Action Association has just published “Poverty in NY,” which has a poverty report for each county and city in New York State.
Otsego County has a poverty rate of 16.1 percent, meaning roughly one out of six people are living in poverty. Forty-eight percent of school children are enrolled in either the free or
reduced school meals program.

There are two distinctions at play here. The overall poverty rate is classified as 100 percent of poverty. This is a calculation of what the lowest income needs to be in order to be classified as poor by the federal government. So a family of four earning $24,000 or less is considered living in poverty.

Maskin Asserts: 2,000 Children In Poverty – ‘And That’s High’

Maskin Asserts: 2,000

Children In Poverty

– ‘And That’s High’

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA – Daniel Maskin, Opportunities for Otsego president, wants people to rethink poverty.

“Most people who are poor work,” he said. “They’re not sitting on their porch drinking beer. But where in this county can working class families get substantial jobs that support their families? There aren’t a lot of those.”

The annual poverty report, put together by the state’s Community Action Association and released in the past few days, rated the county’s poverty rate at 16.1 percent. “Poverty is defined as $24,000 for a family of four,” he said. “That might be two parents with two kids, or a single parent with three kids,” he said.

In case you were not already aware, a single parent is a person who lives with a child or children and who does not have a spouse or live-in partner. There are lots of complex reasons for becoming a single parent including divorce, break-ups, abandonment, death of the other parent, childbirth by a single person, or single-person adoption.

With this in mind, it is important to remember that there is plenty of research to suggest that marital status in itself has very little causal impact on child outcomes, with differences more likely to be explained by the so-called selection effect (or, the difference between the types of people who choose to get married and those that choose to cohabit).

Nonetheless, there is no denying that, for young children, witnessing their parents going through the divorce process can be a traumatic experience. Correspondingly, it is vital that parents that are considering divorcing take steps to protect their children from potential harm. One way to do this is by ensuring all divorce negotiations and proceedings are overseen by a legal professional.

OFO’s Violence Intervention Program Receives $20K From Mary Kay Initiative

OFO’s Violence Intervention Program

Receives $20K From Mary Kay Initiative

mkf-logoONEONTA – The Mary Kay Foundation has provided a $20,000 grant to Opportunities for Otsego’s Violence Intervention Program, OFO President Dan Maskin announced today.

OFO will use the grant to repair and renovate its circa 1900 residence used as the county safe house for victims of violence, including new flooring, windows and appliances.

OFO President Dan Maskin President Of Oneonta Rotary

 OFO’s Dan Maskin Elected

Oneonta Rotary President

Opportunities for Otsego President Dan Maskin, second from left, was installed as president of the Oneonta Rotary Club for the 2016-17 year at the annual Pass The Gavel Dinner Thursday, June 23, at the Oneonta Elks. The Rotary’s administrative year begins tomorrow, July 1. Others, from left are, David Mattice, Chesser Realty, 2017-18 president elect; outgoing president Dave Rowley, the retired school superintendent, and Cindy Struckle, ONC BOCES data manager, 2018-19 president elect.
Opportunities for Otsego President Dan Maskin, second from left, was installed as president of the Oneonta Rotary Club for the 2016-17 year at the annual Pass The Gavel Dinner Thursday, June 23, at the Oneonta Elks. The Rotary’s administrative year begins tomorrow, July 1. Others, from left are, David Mattice, Chesser Realty, 2017-18 president elect; outgoing president Dave Rowley, the retired school superintendent, and Cindy Struckle, ONC BOCES data manager, 2018-19 president elect.
Opportunities for Otsego, Carol Blazina and Baseball Hall of Fame Take Top Honors at Chamber Awards

200 Celebrate Carol Blazina, OFO,

Hall Of Fame At Chamber Dinner

The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president.   OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT's Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president. OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT’s Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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