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Hampton Inn

County Passes Climate Smart Pledge, 12-2

2nd Time Around,

Climate-Smart Idea

Wins County’s OK

Frazier, Clark Vote Nay, But Hope

Is To Gain Access To State Grants

County Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, argues against approving a state “Climate Smart Community Pledge,” saying it would “tie the hands” of businesspeople. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Failing to do so two months ago, the county Board of Representatives today voted 12-2 to enact a state-sponsored “Climate Smart Community Pledge.”

County Reps. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, and Kathy Clark, R-Otego, who had questioned it last time, when it was referred to the Solid Waste & Environmental Concerns Committee (SWECC) for further study, opposed it again.

Firefighters Feat 4 Stories Too Tall For Hampton Inn

Firefighters Fear

4 Stories Too Tall

For Hampton Inn

Will Coop, Oneonta Departments

Provide Ladder Trucks? Planners Ask

First Assistant Fire Chief Chris Doucas bows his head on expressing fear firefighters could be endangered if a fire were to break out in a proposed four-story Hampton Inn & Suites. (Patrick Wager/

By PAT WAGER • Special to

HARTWICK – Emotional firefighters shared their worries about a proposed Hampton Inn & Suites’ four-story building with the Hartwick Town Planning Board this evening

Planning Board co-chairmen Alex Thomas, left, and Greg Horth, and Board member Meg Kennedy reflect on the firefighters’ inputs.

“I’m one of the ones who will be entering the building if something happens,” declared Chris Doucas, Hartwick Company #2 first assistant fire chief.  “ I think that what I have to say should count since I may die.  We have to worry about our families.”

For at least two months now, Hartwick firefighters have been voicing their concerns about the building’s height, and also about having to rely on a ladder truck from either the Cooperstown or Oneonta fire departments if the hotel is built that high and a fire were to break out there.

Hampton Hit By Firemen, Competitors

Hampton Criticized By

Firemen, Competitors


Pat Wager/The Freeman’s Journal- Hampton Inn engineer Rudy Zona shows plans at Hartwick Planning Board public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Firefighters and competitors raised objections Tuesday, Jan 8, at a public hearing on a Hampton Inn & Suites planned in Hartwick Seminary.
Hartwick Fire Company #2 pointed out it lacks a ladder truck necessary if the four-story building were to catch on fire.

New Hotel: When Is Too Much Too Much?

New Hotel: When Is Too Much Too Much?

To the Editor:

In regards to the proposed 101 room hotel in Hartwick, I’d like to thank Bob Holt, career hospitality professional, for his willingness to “tell it like it is” regarding the true state of the hospitality business here in the Cooperstown area. While we at the Landmark Hotel in Cooperstown  always welcome new competition,
I’d like to introduce the following numbers into the public discussion, hoping it broadens perspective.

1) 36,865 – 101 additional rooms sounds innocuous enough, but

Public Hearing Set On New Hartwick Hotel

Fire Fighting, Septic,

Access Issues For Hotel

Public Hearing On Hampton Inn Set Jan. 8
Hartwick town Planning Board co-chairs Greg Horth, right, and Alex Jones, discuss the evening’s agenda as Tuesday’s meeting was about to begin.  At left is Jenna Utter, the board’s clerk.  (Patrick Wager/

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to

Parent company Hilton released this latest prototype for new Hampton Inn & Suites in May.

HARTWICK – Fire protection, entrances onto Route 28 and septic issues were up for discussion when plans for a Hampton Inn & Suites in Hartwick Seminary came before the town Planning Board Tuesday.

A public hearing has been set on the project for 7 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 8, the planning board’s next meeting.

Skyline Hospitality, which is affiliated with Erfan Khan’s Rainbow Group, owner of the Holiday Inn Express here and hotels in Oneonta, is planning a four-story hotel on Route 28, in the trailer park just south of Dollar General.

Role of Media talk

Big Names in Regional Media

Gather For Forum in Oneonta

Big names in the regions' media outlets gathered at the Oneonta Hampton Inn on Wed. afternoon for an forum on the role of the media in influencing economic development. Panelists included,  Elizabeth Hovarth, Ken Eysaman, Mitchell Lynch, Jeff Smetana and Jim Kevlin. The proceedings were moderated by Neil Cunningham.
Big names in the region’s media and people who deal with them discussed “The Role of the Media in Influencing Economic Growth” Wednesday afternoon at a panel discussion sponsored by GO-EDC, Albert Colone and Bill Shue’s economic-development promotion group, at Oneonta’s Hampton Inn.  Front to back are County IDA COO Elizabeth Horvath; Ken Eysaman, editor of the NNY Business Magazine, Watertown; Daily Star publisher Mitchell Lynch (partially hidden); Dick Snyder, publisher of the Evening Sun, Norwich, and the Pennysavers; Jeff Smetana, developer of Hillside Commons, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and; Colone, and Dennis Finn, chairman of the city Airport Commission.   Retired SUNY Oneonta communications professor Neil Cunningham moderated.  (Point of information:  As a lad, Eysaman lived in Franklin while his father was superintendent there.  Bill Shue planned to treat Eysaman and his mother, Gretchen, who hadn’t experienced it for 40 years, to Brooks BBQ that evening.)  (Ian Austin/


“the Role of the Media in
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