HAMILL: Support for Drnek, But With Questions

Letter from Andrew Hamill Support for Drnek, But With Questions In recent/positive news, the City of Oneonta was given a federal grant to help combat the homeless situation. I firmly support this effort. The only drawback I feel that needs to be addressed is where they are going to go. I fully support Mayor Drnek in his efforts and crusade to address the situation, but I also feel that there needs to be additional funding by either federal or state…


HUD Funds To Combat Area Homelessness

HUD Funds To Combat Area Homelessness OFO Receives $716,456.00 By TED MEBUSTONEONTAThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a $1,162,978.00 commitment to two area homeless housing and services organizations, Opportunities for Otsego in Otsego County and Catholic Charities of Chenango County, on Thursday, February 2. OFO received $716,456.00 while the CCCC received $446,522.00. Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD regional administrator Region II, New York and New Jersey, presented the grants to organizational representatives Dan Maskin, chief executive officer of OFO,…


News from the Noteworthy: Housing Option Problems

News from the Noteworthy Housing Option Problems With construction well on its way at Springbrook’s “Ford on Main” development in downtown Oneonta, I have received no shortage of positive feedback, comments, suggestions, and endless “thank yous.” I am so grateful for the enthusiastic reactions shared with Springbrook for taking on this housing project. It is no secret that our community has a housing problem. If fact, it is no secret that our country is in a housing crisis. Like much…


This Week 03-03-22

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta March 3, 2022 PHOTO OF THE WEEK FRONT PAGE Restaurants, liquor stores await Albany decision on drinks to go Intrepid ice fisherman shares tools & tricks Inside The Paper Oneonta Middle School student prepped supply-filled backpacks for homeless St. Mary’s Church in Cooperstown starts Lenten Food Drive New York’s big political parties back slates but primaries loom Bassett, Nurses reach bonus accord Westchester group sparks GoFundMe effort to save Cooper murals…


Oneonta warming site at capacity

Oneonta warming site at capacity By Kevin Limiti Opportunities for Otsego and the Oneonta Police Department are exploring strategies to get homeless people in the area sheltered now that winter is here. An executive order issued by former Governor Andrew Cuomo says that after temperatures go below 32 degrees, the homeless must be sheltered. Catholic Charities, the Main Street Baptist Church, Otsego County Department of Social Services, and other religious groups opened a new warming station in Oneonta in March…


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Crime A Worry, But ‘Quality Of Life’ Of Greater Concern

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Crime A Worry, But ‘Quality Of Life’ Of Greater Concern I revisited (social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling’s 1982 article, “Broken Windows,” in the Atlantic) because I was trying to solve a mystery. On a recent reporting trip to New York City to ask bankers, policy analysts and real estate brokers about the city’s economic future, I kept hearing that crime was a major risk. …When I probed, I found that they talked less…