News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.
 BREAKING NEWS 
 POLICE & FIRE 
 IN MEMORIAM  
 HOMETOWN PEOPLE 
 COLUMNS 
 EDITORIALS 
 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

 EMPLOYMENT  
 DINING & ENTERTAINMENT  
 REAL ESTATE  
 AUTOMOTIVE  
 REMEMBRANCE  
 GOODS & SERVICES

DAN WILBER

DON’T PAROLE JILL’S KILLER, COUNTY ASKS

DON’T PAROLE

JILL’S KILLER,

COUNTY ASKS

With One Abstention, One Nay, Reps

Petition NYS Board, Back Seward’s Bill

County Rep. Dan Wilber, R-Burlington, makes a motion to urge the state Parole Board not to grant parole to David Dart, convicted in the 1989 slaying in Oneonta’s parking deck. In the foreground is Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With board Vice Chairman Gary Koutnik abstaining, and another Democrat voting nay, the county Board of Representatives today asked the state Parole Board “to deny the release, conditional or otherwise,” of David Dart, convicted of slaying 18-year-old Jill Gibbons with a “Rambo-style knife” in the Oneonta Municipal Parking Garage in 1989.

The resolution, passed 12-1-1, also put the county board on record supporting a bill, S4354, introduced several times by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to increase the time between parole hearing for “violent crimes” from two to five years.

Wilber Re-Appointed, Vacancy Filled

Wilber Re-Appointed,

Board Vacancy Filled

Sitting at the seat that he was re-appointed to in this morning’s meeting, Dan Wilber, R-Burlington, expressed appreciation at his colleagues’ support. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Dan Wilber, R-Burlington, was unanimously reappointed today by his colleagues to fill the vacancy created when he forgot to sign his oath of office statement in January.

When Wilber discovered earlier this month that his paperwork was incomplete, his seat on the board was immediately vacated.

EXCLUSIVE FRONT PAGE! Streck Back On The Job At Bassett County Rep Forgets To Take Oath Morgan Stanley Star Is Retiring Gene Bettiol Fondly Remembered
Failing To Sign Oath, Wilber Must Be Appointed By Board

Failing To Sign Oath, Wilber

Must Be Appointed By Board

Dan Wilber

COOPERSTOWN – Missing the deadline to sign his oath of office, county Rep. Dan Wilber’s election to a second term representing District 10 – Edmeston, Burlington, Exeter and Plainfield — is in doubt.

His erstwhile colleagues on the Otsego County Board of Representatives must now vote to reappoint Wilber to his former seat for him to continue serving.  The board’s Administrative Committee approved such a resolution at today’s meeting, which must be acted on by the full board when it meets Wednesday, May 2.

It was not immediately clear if Wilber will have enough support for that to happen, or if another candidate will emerge for the job.

FOR FULL DETAILS ON ISSUE, SEE THIS WEEK’S

HOMETOWN ONEONTA & FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

WILBER:  Walker Disciplined, Experienced

WILBER:  Walker Disciplined, Experienced

To the Editor:

I must take issue with your assertion that County Government does not work very well. You are at every board meeting, yet you still make this assertion. I can only assume that you are perhaps asleep in the back of the room. The list of accomplishments would put me over your word limit.

This is also great news that Andrew Marietta has determined the committee system does not work. Perhaps he should share that with the other 61 counties throughout New York, the state Senate and Assembly and the U.S. Congress, because they all use the same system. It’s called being responsible to the electorate.

The reason Andrew Marietta shares that opinion is because a governing board is a team sport and

Andrew is an “I” kind of guy. If Andrew took the time to learn about the committee system he might function better within that environment. But true to form, Andrew points out problem but never offers a solution.

Andrew reminds me of the dentist in the LieLock commercial. He only informs you have cavity, he doesn’t do anything about it.

I am eager to learn what his solution is to replace the committee system. Perhaps he believes the county manager would replace it. Just another example of his lack of understanding of government.

I was surprised to learn he also resurrected the county strategic plan all by himself. I and about a dozen other board members were not aware that it had been scrapped. Anyone who has worked on a town comprehensive plan knows that it takes a long time to finalize such a document. But then again, Andrew doesn’t attend his town meetings to know that.

Please vote for Tim Walker, a disciplined and experienced person who will be a team player to

Represent the Town of Otsego.

DAN WILBER

Otsego County

Board member

Town of Burlington

 

questionnaire 2017 — dan wilber

 DANIEL G. WILBER

DISTRICT 10, Burlington/Edmeston/Pittsfield (unopposed)

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Burlington Flats

EDUCATION:  Fire Protection – Water Based Suppression Systems; Hazardous Materials

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

MILITARY

  • USAF Photographer, four years; USAF Thunderbirds, 1979 to 1982
  • Photographer, New York State National Guard, four years

CIVILIAN

  • Officer/Fire Safety Officer, state Department of Correctional Services
  • Director of security/fire, Main Office, state Office of Children & Family Services
  • Family-owned Two-Way Radio Dealership, Motorola
  • Owner/Operator, multiple retail stores
  • Director, Otsego County Code Office
  • Assistant Director, Employee Safety, state Department of Transportation
  • Code Compliance Manager, Aviation Bureau

 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Services, 42 Years:

  • District Chief, three departments
  • Fire Instructor
  • Currently Member of Edmeston FD and Rescue Squad

Former Town Justice – Town of Burlington

Lions, Relay for Life

FAMILY:  Wife of 16 years, Alison; daughter, Rose; son, Ayden; mother Betty, 91, resides with us

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Government should be kept small providing essential services the people cannot provide for themselves.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY:

  • Opioid Crisis
  • Lack of Major Employment Opportunities
  • Insufficient infrastructure to attract new business to include internet and energy.
  • Unfunded New York State Mandates

MY QUALITIES: Willingness and desire to work with all parties, across party lines to reach consensus to get things done.

STATEMENT: Otsego has made great strides in accomplishing major milestones.  We need to continue this momentum and continue on.  Some recent achievements include:

  • Invested millions of dollars into an outdated, crumbling 911 communication system to get our residents emergency help when they need it.
  • Completely upgraded our E-911 call center and E-911 Backup Centers to elevate service and reliability. The center is state-of-the-art.
  • Implemented long overdue infrastructure upgrades in the County’s IT Department.
  • Commissioned consultants to guide the county through the development of the Otsego County Strategic Plan
  • In 2018 we will invest in our fire training center with a new “burn building” supporting our firefighters to prepared to protect their residents when needed
  • All County unionized bargaining units are currently under contract.
  • Saw the construction of a solar farm on County property in Laurens that will generate $40,000 worth of energy savings annually for the County.
  • Voted to budget monies to upgrade and renovate the jail to satisfy Commission on Corrections.
  • The county worked with NYMIR, our insurance carrier, to set up a Safety Committee that reviewed procedures and policies on how our departments function. Otsego County earned the distinction of a statewide Safety Award for 2017 from NYMIR.
  • As a member of Public Works Committee advocated for Highway Infrastructure spending to be exponentially increased in the last two years. 25 County roads have been paved in October alone.
  • The Shared Services agreement with Onondaga County Purchasing Department has saved the County hundreds of thousands of dollars. We contracted with Onondaga, and they ensure that our purchases are legally compliant and we get the best possible price and service for our money. Department. Other counties are now attempting to duplicate this successful model of shared services.
  • A new Vehicle Lease and Maintenance Program recently proposed by Public Works and adopted by the Administration Committee will reduce vehicle costs and minimize repair expenses.

 

 

COUNTY BOARD EXPLODES OVER MANAGER MOVE

READ TEXT OF TODAY’S RESOLUTION

COUNTY BOARD

EXPLODES OVER

MANAGER MOVE

Marietta’s Resolution From Floor

‘Disrespectful,’ Frazier Declares

Chiding Democrat Marietta for seeking a decision on moving toward hiring a county manager are, from left, Republicans Dan Wilber of Burlington, Ed Frazier of Unadilla, and Kathy Clark of Otego, the board chair. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, rises to make what turned out to be a controversial motion. Seated is Meg Kennedy, R-Mount Vision.

COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Andrew Marietta’s attempt to introduce a resolution to hire a county manager quickly blew up into high drama and parliamentary gamesmanship a today’s county Board of Representatives meeting.

The vote itself was quickly derailed.

Marietta made a motion, Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, seconded it, and Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, with some prompting from County Attorney Ellen Coccoma, quickly said, “I’m objecting to the presentation of the resolution.”

Frazier’s objection, according to Coccoma’s ruling, required a two-third vote for the resolution to move forward.

The 7-5 vote favored the resolution.  But the weighted vote went the other way, 3,408 against versus 2,856 for.  Either measure, though, fell short of the two-thirds mark.

Jail Sprinkler System Faulty, Sheriff Reports

Jail Sprinkler System

Faulty, Sheriff Reports

But Repairs May Not Happen Until 2018

Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reports on challenges at the county jail to the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The sprinkler system in the Otsego County jail is faulty, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. told the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee this morning, but repairs may not come anytime soon.

“What I was told, if the system is activated, it will probably clog,” he told the committee at its monthly meeting.  Although it’s unclear how effective the sprinklers are, he said the alarms would probably allow all the inmates to be evacuated in time.

Committee member Dan Wilber, R-Burlington Flats, reacted:  “This is an extraordinary situation.”

Experience In Ulster County Prepares Newcomer For Role
DAN WILBER, R- DISTRICT 5

Experience In Ulster County

Prepares Newcomer For Role

Dan Wilber, newly elected county representatives, left downstate New York for the Town of Burlington's open spaces, but brought experience in law enforcement and county government with him that he intends to draw on in his new role.
Dan Wilber, newly elected District 10 county representative, left downstate New York for the Town of Burlington’s open spaces, but brought experience in law enforcement and county government with him that he intends to draw on in his new role.

Editor’s Note: This is the final of seven profiles of the seven new members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives elected Nov. 3, and who take office Wednesday, Jan. 6.   Review all the profiles at www.allotsego.com

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

BURLINGTON – A former code officer for the county and an employee of the state Department of Transportation, Dan Wilber, knows how the government works.  “And I know how it should work!” he said.

OtsegoCountySeal-Color-500pix_largeIt was this idea that inspired him to run for District 10 county representative, a race he won against Democrat Russ Bachman and incumbent Betty Anne Schwerd, who ran as an independent.  “I thought it was time for a change,” he said.  “I thought we could use some fresh ideas, fresh people.”

An Ulster County native, Wilber enjoyed an active and varied career before settling in Burlington in 2004.

He was fire chief with the Phoenicia Fire Department, a corrections officer at the maximum security prison in Ellenville, Security & Fire Safety director for the state Office of Children & Family Services, and a photographer with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

He also owned two vacuum-cleaner stores in Danbury, Conn. And Fishkill, as well as worked for his wife Alison’s Motorola franchise.

CANDIDATES 2015, DAN WILBER

DAN WILBER

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 10

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE:  Burlington

EDUCATION:  Graduated Corning Community – Fire Protection

Dan Wilber
Dan Wilber

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Currently Assistant Director NYS DOT Safety & Health

Former County of Otsego Codes Director

Former Director of Security & Fire Safety NYS Children & Family Services

Former Owner Operator of successful family businesses.

Served in the United States Air Force to include the Air Force Thunderbirds

COMMUNITY/POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

Former Town Justice, Burlington, 6 Years

Former President Otsego County Magistrates Association

Volunteer Firefighter 39 years

Member of Edmeston Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Former Fire Chief of a Three Department District

Relay for Life Volunteer

FAMILY: Married to Alison Kramer Wilber

Two Children Daughter Rose – CPA   Son Ayden – Masters of Kinesiology

IN TWO OR THREE SENTENCES, EXPLAIN YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT.

Government should be by the people for the people.  Government should reflect the wishes of the constituents represented.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAJOR ISSUES THE OTSEGO COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES FACES, AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THEM?

• Increased County spending.  I will hold the line on spending and require justification for increased budget lines.  Being a former department head, I have participated in the budget process and I understand the budget process.
• Rising Property Taxes and the inability of our residents to to keep up with those taxes.  I will work to maintain low taxes and respect the 2% tax cap.

• Search for innovative ways to strengthen our economic development to increase the tax base, create jobs and grow businesses.  Our young people need meaningful employment opportunities here in Otsego County.

WHAT QUALITIES/EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKES YOU THE BETTER CHOICE IN THIS RACE

I have both private sector business experience and government management experience to include being a former department head within Otsego County.  I understand how government should operate and how business does operate.

IS THERE A STATEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH VOTERS?

I pledge to serve the people of Otsego County with integrity and respect.  I will be open to new ideas no matter who presents them.

 

 

Posts navigation

21 Railroad Ave. Cooperstown, New York 13326 • (607) 547-6103