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News of Otsego County

Decatur

Deadlock Possible On Filling Vacancy On County Board

WILL DEMOCRATS STYMIE ACTION?

Deadlock Possible

On Filling Vacancy

On County Board

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Jennifer Mickle

COOPERSTOWN – The county board’s Administration Committee recessed this morning without taking any action on the Democratic nominee to fill state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker’s District seat.

The committee interviewed Democrat Diane Addesso, the former Worcester town supervisor.

But it decided, since the Admin Committee has a 3-2 Republican majority and has already endorsed Oneonta businesswoman Jennifer Mickle for the job, there was no point in pushing for a vote, said Admin Chair Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon.

The Addesso interview was conducted in executive session, closed to public view, as was Mickle’s interview last week.

Special Administration Meeting Scheduled For Nov. 30

Special Admin Meeting

Scheduled For Nov. 30

Democratic Prospect To Succeed

Oberacker To Be Interviewed Then

COOPERSTOWN – A special Administration Committee meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to interview the Democrat-backed prospect to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker in the county board’s District 6, Admin Chairman Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick said today.

The meeting will not be Dec. 2, as previously reported.

The Democrats have already identified a prospect in District 6 (Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur), according to Democratic County Chairman Clark Oliver.  He said the candidate is a woman, but he hasn’t identified her yet.

GOP Nominates Businesswoman To County Board

GOP Nominates

Businesswoman

To County Board

Maryland Resident, Oneonta Realtor

Proposed As Oberacker Successor

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Jennifer Mickle

SCHENEVUS – Republican county committee members from the county board’s District 6 met last evening and nominated Jennifer Mickle, a Town of Maryland resident and Oneonta businesswoman, to succeed state Senator-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, on the county board.

The candidate, who also has experience in local government and community service, called it “a wonderful opportunity. I’ve always believed in public service and giving back to the community. I hope my experience will not only be a benefit to District 6, but to the county as a whole.”

DA: Mother Fell Asleep, Smothered Twins

DA: Mom Fell Asleep,

Smothered Twin Babies

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kimberly Steeley

COOPERSTOWN – Kimberly Steeley, the woman accused of smothering her twins Bonde and Liam in 2018, did so by falling asleep while in bed with the children, District Attorney John Muehl told Judge John Lambert during a suppression hearing in Otsego County Court on Monday.

“She told police she nodded off in bed with them,” he said. “She was reckless, and there is evidence that she was abusing prescription medication to the point of intoxication while she was caring for them.”

Muehl also asked that Steeley’s three DUI convictions, including one in the Town of Maryland in January 2018, five months before the twins’ deaths, should be used as evidence to her recklessness in her upcoming trial.

Twins’ Mom Indicted In Newborns’ Deaths

Twins’ Mom Indicted

In Newborns’ Deaths

Twins Bonde and Liam sleep in their bassinet last spring. Their mother has been arrested in their deaths.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

DECATUR – On Saturday, May 4, Kimberly Nicole Steeley wrote a poem on her Facebook page, titled, “If I knew x Two,”

Kimberly Steeley

“If I knew it was the last time I would hold you x2, If I knew it would be the last time I kissed you x2…If I knew love that Deeply x2, If I knew I would

Have tried to save you x2,” she wrote.

On Wednesday, May 8, Steeley, 27, Decatur, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in the 2018 deaths of her twin infant children, Liam and Bonde Steeley, barely a month old whey they were found dead in their bassinettes, 16 days apart.

“At first, everyone thought Bonde died of SIDS,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “Then 11 days later, Liam died of the same condition.”

According to Rob O’Brien, Otsego County 911 director, the first call came into the county’s 911 center at 6:28 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, to a house at 185 Skinner Hill Road in the Town of Decatur, where they found the female child unresponsive.

Raymond L. Tallman Jr., 62; Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

IN MEMORIAM: Ray Tallman, 62;

Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

Raymand L. Tallman Jr.

DECATUR – Raymond L. Tallman, Jr, 62, who ran Tallman Trees, his family’s Christmas tree business, passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at home after a short illness, with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born to Raymond L. and Ada (Weiman) Tallman on Sept. 10, 1954 in Canal Zone, Panama, where his father was stationed in the Army.   The Tallman family moved to Decatur in 1959.

Ray graduated from Worcester Central School in 1972.  He attended Utah State University,  Syracuse University and  Paul Smith’s College, where he graduated with a degree in forestry.

He married Linda Chase on August 27, 1988, in Warnerville.

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