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Keep Hands Off Upstate Ventilators

3 REPUBLICANS TELL GOVERNOR:

Keep Hands Off

Upstate Ventilators

Here is an example of the ventilator being used for coronavirus patients.

COOPERSTOWN – Three key Republicans representing Otsego County issued a statement today calling Governor Cuomo’s plan to “seize” ventilators and PPE equipment from Upstate hospitals “dangerous” and “just plain wrong.”

They are county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who is running to succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblymen John Salka, R-Brookfield, whose district includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, and Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, whose district includes Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Otsego Chamber Hosts

State Of The State Panel

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STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

Assemblyman, Challenger Bond Over Burritos

Assemblyman, Challenger

Bond Over Bomber’s Burritos

Freshman assembly member John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his challenger, Dan Buttermann, met this evening at Bomber’s Burrito Bar in Oneonta as part of the periodic Business After Hours, sponsored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. With them are owner Jim Hewitt, left and his son, Charles Hewitt, the restaurant’s general manager. (Photo by Barbara Ann Heegan)
Hartwick Student Joins 2 In Challenging Salka

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY POSSIBLE

Hartwick Student Joins

2 In Challenging Salka

ONEONTA – The field is filling up with Democrats aiming to challenge freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, whose district includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, as well as Madison and past of Oneida counties.

Nick Chase, a Hartwick College students and Oneonta native, this week joined Oneonta City school board member Dan Buttermann and Corey Mosher, a Hamilton farmer and board chair of Madison County Cooperative Extension.

Chase entry makes a Democratic primary next June more certain.

Dan Buttermann Makes It Official

HE’LL CHALLENGE ASSEMBLYMAN SALKA

Dan Buttermann

Makes It Official

Democrat Primary Possible In 121st

Dan Butterman

ONEONTA – Dan Buttermann made it official today:  The Oneonta Democrat plans to challenge Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, for the 121st Assembly District seat, although he first may face a Democratic primary next June.

The 121st includes the bulk of Otsego County, including Oneonta and Cooperstown, all of Madison County and part of Oneida.  The 2020 election will be Nov. 3.

“I am deeply concerned about the future of our district, state and country,” Buttermann said in a press release.  “I fear that failure to invest in the future of our economy today means that our next generation of Upstate New Yorkers will find it harder and harder to stay.”

Buttermann To Run For Assembly Seat, Democrats Affirm

OTSEGO CANDIDATE TO FACE SALKA

Buttermann To Run

For Assembly Seat,

Democrats Affirm

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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ONEONTA – A Hamilton farmer, Corey Mosher, has announced a challenge to freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in the 121st District next year, but local Democrats say they expect Otsego County will have its own candidate for the party’s nomination, Dan Buttermann of Oneonta.

In 2017, Buttermann lost narrowly – 1,158 to 1,203 – to then-Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, who was then defeated by Salka, former Brookfield Central school board president and Madison County Board of Supervisors chairman.

Summer Soirée Sings Praises Of ISD, Clark Sports Center

Summer Soirée Sings Praises

Of ISD, Clark Sports Center

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Soirée was this evening, celebrating local businesses that promote a good and sustainable life in Otsego County. Information Systems Division (ISD Tech) of Oneonta  received the Environmental Stewardship Award for its computer- and electronics-recycling program. The Clark Sports Center of Cooperstown received the Quality of Life Award for helping over 5,500 members live healthier, (including 37 members over 90, who get free memberships).  Above, center, are chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Quality of Life sponsor Scott White, Bank of Cooperstown president, behind her at left, and George Busch, NBT Insurance vice president/sales.  To to the left of Heegan, front row, are ISD partners Ron Ranc and Roxanna Hurlburt; behind, from right, are ISD’s Chris Ranc, Wilhemina Guest and Mike LaBarr.  To the right of Heagan are Clark Director Val Paige and her managers, Erin Newkirk, Kathy Graham, Jim DiLiberto and Rich Jantzi.  Inset, left, Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, reads citations from  state Sen. Jim Seward, r-Milford, who was also represented by his aide, Mira Jergovich, commending the two organizations.  The dinner, attended by 80, was in the middle of the Clark’s basketball court. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy gets help from one of the organization’s residents, Ken Goodrich in cutting the ribbon, officially opening Springbrook’s new clinic at 438 Main St., Oneonta. State Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, told the 100-member audience before the ribbon-cutting that Ms. Kennedy convinced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to open a seventh Care Coordination Organization (CCO), an arm of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that partner with providers of services for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them receive Medicaid support and other efforts. From left to right: Frank Panzerella, COO, Bassett Medical Group, Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, Mayor Gary Herzig, Sen. James Seward, Kennedy, Goodrich, Springbrook COO Seth Haight, Springbrook residents Bryan Holt, Steve Nechis, and Brian Weeks, and Clinical Officer Kathy Ramiza. In back are Derek Jackson and Southern Tier Connect’s Executive Director, Meghann Andrews. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Salka: Sign Petition To Give Tuition Aid To Gold Star Families

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

Salka: Sign Petition

To Give Tuition Aid

To Gold Star Families

Salka

Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, has launched a petition drive in support of a bill he is sponsoring in the Assembly to provide tuition assistance for family members of a deceased service man or woman who died in the line of duty to attend SUNY or CUNY colleges

The bill has received bipartisan support, but some Assembly Democrats used their position of power within the Higher Education Committee to keep the bill from a vote on the Assembly floor. Salka, who represents Oneonta and Cooperstown, is moving to ensure the bill is reconsidered for a vote.

Dostal: There Are ‘Misconceptions’ About RSS Project

People Who Would Live

In RSS Are Committed

To Recovery, Dostal Says

LEAF Director Responds To Neighbors Organizing

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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ONEONTA – In response to the formation of “Sixth Ward Neighbors United,” LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal said there are “misconceptions” about the proposed Rehabilitation & Support Services housing development and the 14 units set aside for people in addiction recovery.

“Those people get to move into those units because they have engaged in a treatment or recovery provider to qualify for housing,” she said. “They have already made a life decision toward getting better.”

Sixth Ward Will Fight River Street Housing Project

THE TARGET: RSS PROPOSAL

50 Neighbors

Uniting To Fight

Housing Project

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Fran Colone convened the meeting of 50 neighbors to organize against the RSS project proposed for the Sixth Ward. “There are multiple bad reasons for the project,” Colone said. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Christened “Sixth Ward Neighbors United,” River Street residents and businesspeople met for more than two hours with  city, county and state elected officials at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club Thursday evening  to discuss strategies to oppose RSS’s housing development in their neighborhood.

“There are multiple bad reasons for RSS’s project,” said Fran Colone, a vocal critic of the housing development proposal since last October. “So, we’re turning up the heat and upping our activities.”

“It is bad for Oneonta’s economy, it’s bad in terms of energy services – Oneonta is already energy-strapped; it’s going to increase demand for services here.  Oneonta’s fire department is already understaffed,” Colone said.

Letter to the Editor: Assemblyman Salka: I Will Work Tirelessly For You

Assemblyman Salka:

Will Work Tirelessly For You

To the Editor:
As we start a new year, and new leadership for the 121st Assembly District, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who supported us in this past election. And for those who did not, I hope to gain your trust through hard work, accountability and service.
As we head into the 2019 legislative session, I look forward to working with my fellow legislators, regardless of their political affiliation, to further the interests of our communities and our great state.

Cheering OUT & Swearing IN

Cheering OUT & Swearing IN!

     

At Oneonta’s First Night, Greg Lee and other members of his Cosmic Karma Fire troupe, left, spin flames for  onlookers outside Foothills’ Atrium.  At right, the Elite Dance Company’s Dejalei Champen and Emily Kane hoist Lillian Stalter up in the air.

The state senator’s wife, Cindy, holds the Bible for the 17th time as James L. Seward, R-Milford, surrounded by his family took the oath of office from County Judge Brian Burns, right, Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the Foothills Atrium.  Others from left, are son Ryan and his wife, Kelly Ann; daughter Lauren, and granddaughters Vivian and Nora

 

With his namesake father by his side, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. takes the oath from county Judge John Lambert, who was also sworn in for a second 10-year term.

 

County Coroner David Delker, the Edmeston funeral director, kisses wife Karen after being sworn in for the first time.

 

Otsego county’s new assemblyman, John Salka, R-Brookfield, recites the pledge.

 

Assemblyman Chris Tague, who represents the county’s four easternmost towns, acknowledges applause.

 

    

Rod Roberts, above, swings Cuca, his wife of 36 years, around the dance floor to “What a Wonderful World.”  At right, tiger-faced Leah Puylara and Owen Meade, and his Aunt Lisa Foster, all from Milford, pause for a souvenir photo.

 

Newly Elected Assemblyman Salka Named To Food, Farm Committee

Newly Elected Assemblyman Salka

Named To Food, Farm Committee

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Assemblyman-elect John Salka, R-121, today announced he has been appointed the ranking minority member on the Food, Farm & Nutrition Committee of the state Assembly.

Salka, the Republican elected Nov. 6 to represent Otsego County,  will also serve on the Aging, Banks, Higher Education and Social Services committees.

He succeeds Democrat Bill Magee of Nelson, who represented Otsego since 1991.

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