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HERZIG

Plan ‘Transformative,’ But Details Still Fuzzy

Plan ‘Transformative,’

But Details Still Fuzzy

Nothing On File, And Officials Unclear On How $225K Will Be Used

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Cherie Welch, Oneonta, strolls down Main Street toward the Westcott Lot, passing 218-224 Main St., whose owner WHH Realty received $225,000 for a “Transformative” project. No further details are available.

By LIBBY CUDMORE
& JENNIFER HILL

ONEONTA – The DRI Project Selection Committee called the project “transformative” and awarded it $225,000.
But it turns out few details are available on what WHH Realty Corp., owned by city Planning Commission chair Anna Tomaino and her husband, Jimmy T’s proprietor Jim Tomaino, plan for 218-224 Main St.
Asked for details, Project Selection Committee chair Kim Muller, the former mayor, texted, “Some of the information you are looking for may be confidential … I’m trying to figure what level of detail I can share.”
She referred questions to the Tomainos and Mayor Gary Herzig.
Anna Tomaino said, “We want to develop that space for more businesses to move into. We want to see Main Street grow.”

HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Mayors Herzig and Muller announce the first DRI grants Tuesday, March 5, at Foothills.

STATE OF CITY: ‘We’re Onta Something,’ Mayor Declares

STATE OF CITY:

‘We’re Onta Something,’

Mayor Declares

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivers his 2019 State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, at Foothills Performing Arts Center.

Editor’s Note: This is the text of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig’s 2019 State of the City address, delivered Tuesday, March 5, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. He also announced $2.3 million in grants through the city/state Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

During the past year, some have questioned whether we have lost some of our momentum in revitalizing and reinventing the City of Oneonta. I want you to know that the answer to that is absolutely “no.”
We have been taking the time to go about this process the right way. We have engaged the entire community in the planning process, and we have been listening.
Literally, hundreds of people – residents; business and property owners; member of our boards and commissions; committee and focus group volunteers, our truly dedicated city staff, and our Common Council members – have participated and enthusiastically contributed their energy, their ideas and their aspirations to create a blueprint for a new Oneonta.

Criticism Sours $2M Grants For Downtown

Criticism Sours $2M Grants For Downtown

Railyard Naysayers

Sink Mayor’s Bullish

State Of City Speech

Mayor Herzig

By PATRICK WAGER
& JIM KEVLIN

ONEONTA – In his 2019 State of the State speech, Mayor Gary Herzig Tuesday, March 5, said everyone wants to get to “net zero,” but – “please” – don’t oppose a plan for the D&H railyards “to create much-needed jobs.”
Particularly, “while we go about enjoying our indoor tennis courts, gyms, swimming pools and theaters – all heated with gas. These are not the values of the people of the City of Oneonta,” he said.
The plea fell on 112 sets of deaf ears.

Railyard Foes Derail $2M In Good News

Railyard Foes Derail $2M In Good News

Herzig Pleads: Work Together

By PATRICK WAGER
& JIM KEVLIN

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN – ONEONTA Common Council candidate Seth Clark, who runs a student rental business, was the only speaker who said, due to poverty, the city needs “hundreds of jobs.”
Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – In his 2019 State of the State speech, Mayor Gary Herzig Tuesday, March 5, said everyone wants to get to “net zero,” but – “please” – don’t oppose a plan for the D&H railyards “to create much-needed jobs.”
Particularly, “while we go about enjoying our indoor tennis courts, gyms, swimming pools and theaters – all heated with gas. These are not the values of the people of the City of Oneonta,” he said.
The plea fell on 112 sets of deaf ears.
This was supposed to be a celebratory evening, with Herzig and former mayor Kim Muller, who chaired the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) committee, announcing $2 million in grants for façade improvements, signage and redevelopment of upper floors for housing in the city’s downtown.
But as speaker after speaker – 30 in all, speaking for three minutes each – criticized the GEIS (generic environmental impact statement) on a multi-million-dollar plan to redevelop the 88-acre D&Y Railyards, time ran out and no announcement occurred.

Koutnik Set To Retire As Season Starts

Koutnik Set

To Retire

As Season Starts

In Oneonta, 5 Out, 7 Plan To Run For City Council

By JIM KEVLIN & JENNIFER HILL

►County Board Vice Chair Gary Koutnik is retiring. Keep track of campaign developments at AllOTSEGO.com

Usually, roses are budding before local candidates start circulating nominating petitions.
This year, with the primary for state races joined with federal offices and moved up from September to Thursday, June 25, petitions are being circulated before the first crocus.
That change set off a flurry of electioneering in the past few days.
In the City of Oneonta in the week prior to Tuesday, Feb. 26, the starting date for circulating petitions, seven candidates announced they are running for five Common Council seats being vacated this fall.
For the Otsego County Board of Representatives, Clark Oliver, chairman of the Otsego County Young Democrats, announced he’s running to succeed the board’s vice chairman, Gary Koutnik, D-11, before many people even knew the veteran legislator is retiring.

now what

Oneonta Hotel Twice

Leaks Carbon Monoxide,

Forcing Its Office-Building

Neighbors To Flee

NOW WHAT?

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney (dark classes) enters 189 Main after it was evacuated Monday, Jan. 28, for a second time, by fumes from the former Oneonta Hotel next door. At left, city Code Enforcement Inspector John Hester and Stephen Yearly follow.

Mayor Gary Herzig did not mince words after carbon-monoxide leaks from the former Oneonta Hotel cause the adjacent 189 Main professional offices next door to be evacuated twice in four days.
“People’s well-being is at risk if we delay action any further,” Herzig said. “Not bringing that building up to code is a risk we should not be taking.”

Many Dangers Found At Hotel

Many Dangers Found At Hotel

City, Landlords Return To Court

By LIBBY CUDMORE

ONEONTA – At 195 Main St., five of the 40 apartments don’t have kitchen appliances. Many are without operating smoke detectors. Window panes are cracked and fixed with tape. And suspended ceiling tiles cover the sprinkler system, rendering it inoperable in a fire.
“There are still considerable violations,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “We have an obligation to make sure everybody in the city lives in a building deemed safe.”

New Year’s Day Swearings-In Set In Oneonta, Cooperstown

New Year’s Day Swearings-In

Set In Oneonta, Cooperstown

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, county board reps and local elected officials will be sworn in for new terms at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan 1., at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel.  The new county Democratic chair, Kim Muller, will emcee.

Meanwhile, that morning, the new county treasurer, Allen Ruffles, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. at the county courthouse in Cooperstown by county Judge John Lambert.

Snow Falls as Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

Hundreds Brave Snow As

Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

With Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood to his left, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his right, Santa Claus admires the City of Oneonta’s Christmas Tree just after it was lit this evening in Muller Plaza.  As if scripted in a movie, snow began to fall just as the tree’s lights came on for the very first time.  Christopher Brashear, pictured at right, and the Klipnocky Clangers handbell choir played holiday tunes to help get everyone in the holiday spirit.  After the lighting, Santa occupied his cottage and began hearing youngsters’ Christmas wishes.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

Half Of $200,000 Impact Aid Will Ease Taxes, Herzig Says
STATE BUDGET BRIEFING/2

Half Of $200,000 Impact Aid

Will Ease Taxes, Herzig Says

Mayor Herzig says half of Senator Seward's $200,000 in SUNY impact aid will go to property-tax relief. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Herzig says half of Senator Seward’s $200,000 in SUNY impact aid will go to property-tax relief. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Half of state Sen. Jim Seward’s $200,000 “pilot program” money to help the City of Oneonta cope with impacts of SUNY Oneonta will be used for tax relief, Mayor Gary Herzig told the audience at this morning’s presentation on the state budget at Foothills Performing Arts Center.

He also expressed thanks to Seward for getting the money in the 2016-17 state budget.  (Another $200,000 was allocated for Cortland.)

“While we love the having the college here; while we love having the students here – there is a cost,” the mayor said in remarks this morning before introducing state Veterans’ Affairs Director Eric Hesse, sent here by Governor Cuomo to give a presentation on the state budget, approved on deadline a week ago today for the sixth year in a row.

Mayor Herzig Gives First ‘State Of City’

Mayor Herzig Gives

First ‘State Of City’

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig calls for better housing, more jobs and infrastructure repair in his first State of the City speech, delivered this evening in Common Council chambers.  (Click on image for full size.)  Listening, at left, from foreground, are Council members Joseph Ficano, John Rafter, Russ Southard and Dana Levinson; City Clerk Nancy Powell, Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford, who reviewed the year just past, and Council members Michelle Osterhoudt, David Rissberger, Melissa Nicosia and Paul van der Sommen.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.)
FULL TEXT IN HOMETOWN ONEONTA, ON NEWSSTANDS TOMORROW
Mayor Declines To Accept Cut-Rate Fire District Offer

Mayor Declines To Accept

Cut-Rate Fire District Offer

Herzig Offers Face-To-Face Negotiations

Mayor Herzig
Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig this afternoon declined to accept an offer to provide fire protection to Town of Oneonta Fire District #1 for three months at monthly charge 10 percent below what Common Council rejected earlier in the week.

The Fire District is facing a Dec. 31 deadline to renew its contract for service from the Oneonta Fire Department or lose fire-protection in the new year.

“I am … perplexed by your proposal that ‘the city agree to a three-month contract in the amount of $80,000’,” Herzig responded today to a proposal sent yesterday by the Fire District’s lawyer, Terence Hannigan of Delmar.  “In my e-mail of 12/16/16 to the commissioners, I notified them that the City Council failed to consider a multi-year contract valued at $85,893 per month for the first year.

Mathes To Brief Common Council On Development Projects In City

Mathes To Brief Common Council

On Development Projects In City

Sandy Mathes
Sandy Mathes

ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now president, will discuss Oneonta economic development projects he has been working on with the city at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Gary Herzig announced this evening.

“While all are in very preliminary stages, there is much potential here,” said the mayor.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Common Council chambers at City Hall.

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