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County Reps, 100 Attendees Consider County’s Future

County Reps, 100 Attendees

Consider County’s Future

Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president for regional engagement, presents “County Manager v. County Executive” to a full house at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center this morning. The 45-minute presentation, moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, outlined the pros and cons of both governmental structures, as well as ideas for how the Otsego County Board of Representatives might begin the process of considering new management models for the county. At right, incoming county Rep. Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, asks what resources might be available to the county board for further study. (Ian Austin/

With 4 New Members Due, County Board In Transition



With 4 New Members Due,

County Board In Transition

County Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, delivers her valedictory today at her last regular meeting on the Otsego County Board of Representatives. She and county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, are retiring at the end of the year. Stuligross, Powers and two other departing reps, Len Carson and Craig Gelbsman, both Oneonta Republicans, were praised in resolutions passed by their colleagues. Incoming reps are Danny Lapin, Adrienne Martini and Liz Shannon of Oneonta, and Michele Farwell of Gilbertsville. (Video by Parker Fish/
Absentees Affirm ‘Reform Coalition’ Can Take Control

Absentees Affirm

‘Reform Coalition’

Can Take Control

But Republican Chairman Declares:

GOP Will Construct Working Majority

Democrat Danny Lapin, left, the new county board representative from District 13, City of Oneonta, and Republican Len Carson shook hands after today’s tallies were announced. In the middle is Maguire Benton, former Otsego County Young Democrats chair. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s count of absentee ballots confirmed the Nov. 7 election results:  A bipartisan “Reform Coalition” can control the Otsego County Board of Representatives after Jan. 1, if like-minded Republicans and Democrats continue to find common ground.

At the end of an afternoon-long recount, with Lynn Krogh, a partner in Casale Associates, representing the GOP, and Richard Sternberg the Democrats:

  • The current county board chair, Kathy Clark, maintained a narrow District 3 edge against Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi in Otego/Laurens, 561 to 543.
  • In District 13, the City of Oneonta’s Wards 5 & 6, newcomer Danny Lapin, age 29, a Democrat, kept his lead against Republican incumbent Len Carson. The final tally was 252-247.

Absentee Ballot Counts Due In Tight Races First

Absentee Ballot Counts

Due First In Tight Races 

Key Tallies To Be Done Next Wednesday

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Absentee ballots will be counted first in close races where they might change the outcomes, Elections Commissioners Lori Lehenbauer and Mike Henrici said today.

Usually, absentee ballots are counted in alphabetical order, according to the names of the jurisdictions, they said.

questionnaire — danny lapin


COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, District 13 Oneonta Wards 5 & 6

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: City of Oneonta 5th Ward

B.S. Environmental Science, University of California, Riverside (2006)

M.S. Environmental Policy, Bard College (2014)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Environmental Planner for the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA).

  • Built a bipartisan coalition to fight a high voltage transmission line;
  • Lead author of the Otsego County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan;
  • OCCA’s Circuit Riding Planner helping municipalities;
  • Wrote $400,000 worth of grant applications for clean water and climate change protections.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: City of Oneonta’s Planning Commission member; Oneonta Little League baseball coach; Blendos Basketball League player; work with SUCO and Hartwick students on environmental policy; my wife teaches art and communications at BOCES; my son is a fourth-grader at Valley View Elementary school; and my family attends the Unitarian Universalist Church.

FAMILY: I live on College Terrace with my wife Lindy, son Raphael, and cats Yoshi and Nariko. My father-in-law lives in the First Ward.

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: I firmly believe in a unified, nonpartisan approach to county government. Business must be conducted in a transparent, ethical and inclusive way, allowing citizens to hold officials accountable.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: High taxes; lack of good paying jobs; inadequate supply of middle-class housing; weak environmental protections; and an opioid crisis.

MY QUALITIES: I’m hard working, energetic, and skilled at building consensus among my colleagues. I’m a relentless advocate while being fiercely loyal to my constituents.

STATEMENT: This is a truly exciting time to be a resident of Oneonta and Otsego County.

If given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Representatives, I’ll hold the line on taxes, fight for projects that’ll create jobs, provide better housing options, and protect our environment. Let’s inspire change in November. Vote Lapin for County Rep!



City Joins Town For OCCA Grants

City Joins Town In Steps

To Fight Climate Change

Danny Lapin, OCCA environmental planner, presents his proposal to Common Council to join with the Town of Oneonta to seek funding through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a water-management plan to determine what steps could be taken at no cost in Greater Oneonta to help combat global climate change. The council agreed to move ahead on the project (Ian Austin/
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