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Joe Camarata

Oneonta’s Growth May Mean Stricter Laws on Short-Term Rentals

Oneonta’s Growth

May Mean Stricter Laws

On Short-Term Rentals

The Town of Oneonta Board is considering placing restrictions and fines on short-term rentals. Board members, from left, Randy Mowers, Patricia Jacobs, Sara Robinson, Town Clerk, Bob Wood, Town Supervisor, Rob Panasci, Town Attorney, Patricia Riddell Kent and Brett Holleran. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – As summer tourism booms, the Town of Oneonta might see a “mini urban renewal” – just so long as everyone is in compliance.

“We have the issue of bigger homes where there has to be family living in them,”  Joe Camarata, Planning Board Chair, told the Town of Oneonta Board.  “How do you police that?  I think we suggest they come into the code office or if they want to rent out 18 bedrooms that they ask for a zoning variance.”

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