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Otsego County to receive low interest disaster relief loans for Butternut Valley flooding in July

Otsego County to receive low interest disaster relief loans for Butternut Valley flooding in July

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

As a result of severe flooding that affected the Butternut Valley area in July, the Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to businesses and residents affected by the flooding.

Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for repairs and $200,000 for homeowners to replace and repair real estate as well as $40,000 for personal property.

Interest rates are 2.8% for businesses, 2% for non-profits and 1.6% for homeowners and renters.

SBA administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 13, in response to Governor Kathy Hochul requesting a disaster declaration for Otsego County, which also affects neighboring counties such as Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer and others.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Otsego County’s small businesses and residents impacted by the severe storms and flooding,” Guzman said in a media release. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

A disaster loan outreach center will be set up at the Morris Fire Department starting on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in order to answer questions about applications for the loan program.

 

Gov. Kathy Hochul announces mask mandate for schools

Gov. Kathy Hochul announces mask mandate for schools

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

New Governor Kathy Hochul announced on her first day of office, Tuesday, Aug. 24, that she will be enforcing a mask mandate on anybody entering schools in New York.

Hochul said she does not need legislative approval as its a regulatory action.

State officials are also looking to mandate vaccines for all school employees. In addition, Hochul’s administration is looking to to use $335 million in federal funds for COVID testing in schools.

 

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation in a televised address Tuesday, Aug. 10, effective in two weeks.

While the governor denied accusations that he was intentionally inappropriate with anyone, he said that the “politically motivated” allegations against him would plunge the state into disarray.

The three-term governor has been rocked by sexual harassment allegations which included unwanted kisses and touching.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will become the next New York State governor.

Reactions to the resignation were swift.

“While we can now turn to rebuilding our state, it does not mean the end of multiple investigations into the departing governor and his retaliatory enablers,” State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, said in a statement. ” The brave women who stepped forward to tell their stories deserve justice, along with those who lost their lives needlessly due to the governor’s irresponsible COVID nursing home directive. ”

“New Yorkers can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Andrew Cuomo will no longer be able to wield the immense power of the governor’s office to commit his corruption and abuse, but make no mistake, this resignation is simply an attempt to avoid real accountability for his numerous crimes,” NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said in a media release. “Thousands of lives have been destroyed by Andrew Cuomo and the legislature must continue to move forward with impeachment to ensure he can never run for office again.”

  “Gov. Cuomo finally stepping down is ultimately for the good of New York and something I am glad to see finally happening,” Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, said in a statement.  This resignation is a definitive new beginning. We deserve a better leader.”

“New York now has a chance to move forward and build a new culture of leadership,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, in a statement. “Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is an exceptional public servant and will be an excellent governor. I look forward to working together to continue serving the people of our great state.”

“Gov. Cuomo’s resignation is welcome news for all New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in a press release. “He has finally acted in the best interest of the people. His actions have been disturbing and inexcusable. I am pleased to see the governor step aside and allow government to function properly. I will continue to stand with these women and fight to hold the governor accountable. Congratulations to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, I look forward to working with her in a positive and bipartisan manner.”

“I again want to thank the women who came forward for their accounts and applaud them for their bravery, because today we sent a message to everyone that conduct of this nature will never be tolerated, from anyone,” Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schohaire, said in a press release. “I wish to congratulate Kathy Hochul, the next governor of our state, and hope that we will be able to establish a productive, bipartisan relationship to do all we can for the people of New York.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, with then Hall of Fame President Tim Mead last year, will become New York’s governor in two weeks. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com).
Ommegang CEO Campbell Briefs Lieutenant Governor
HOCHUL STOPS ON UPSTATE SWING

Ommegang CEO Campbell

Briefs Lieutenant Governor

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses Ommegang's plans and products with brewery President Doug Campbell during a noontime stop at the Town of Middlefield plant this morning, part of an Upstate swings that would take her to Buffalo by day's end. At left is Phil Leinhart, Ommegang's internationally recognized brewer. Campbell gave Hochul a tour of the brewing and bottling operation, including a discussing of the new malt house, ending up in the gift shop. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses Ommegang’s plans and products with brewery President Doug Campbell, center, during a noontime stop at the Town of Middlefield plant today.  Hochul was on an Upstate swing that would take her to Buffalo by day’s end. At left is Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s internationally recognized brewer. Campbell gave Hochul a tour of the brewing and bottling operations, including discussing of the new malt house, and ended up in the gift shop. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lieutenant Governor At HoF, To Keynote Workforce Confab

Lieutenant Governor At HoF,

To Keynote Workforce Confab

Baseball Hall of Fame Vice President/Sponsorship and Development Ken Meifert briefs Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in front of 25 Main a few minutes ago prior to giving her a tour of “Baseball After 9/11,” an exhibit that is opening to the public on Saturday, June 18. With them are, from left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg, county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Coopertown/Otsego, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz. At noon, Hochul is scheduled to keynote the 2016 Mohawk Valley Region Small Bueinss/Worforce Summit at The Otesaga, organized by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Baseball Hall of Fame Vice President/Sponsorship & Development Ken Meifert briefs Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in front of 25 Main a few minutes ago prior to giving her a tour of “Baseball After 9/11,” an exhibit that is opening to the public on Saturday, June 18. With them are, from left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg, county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Coopertown/Otsego, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz. At noon, Hochul is scheduled to keynote the 2016 Mohawk Valley Region Small Business/Workforce Summit at The Otesaga, organized by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Packed House At SUNY Oneonta Hails Lieutenant Governor Hochul

Packed House At SUNY Oneonta

Hails Lieutenant Governor Hochul

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledges applause this afternoon at SUNY Oneonta as she briefed the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council on state initiatives.  Seated by her at left is Richard Tobe, deputy Erie County executive, whom Governor Cuomo appointed Jan. 15 as director of Upstate economic development; at right is Richard Geer, MVREDC co-chair and senior vice president at SUNY Polytechnic.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledges applause this afternoon at SUNY Oneonta as she briefed the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council on state initiatives. Seated by her at left is Richard Tobe, Erie County’s former deputy county executive, whom Governor Cuomo appointed Jan. 15 as director of Upstate economic development; at right is Richard Geer, MVREDC co-chair and senior vice president at SUNY Polytechnic. Hochul addressed a packed house in SUNY’s Morris Hall. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Lieutenant Governor Hochul May Attend Thursday’s MVREDC Meeting At SUNY

Lieutenant Governor Hochul May Attend

Thursday’s MVREDC Meeting At SUNY

Lieutenant Governor Hochul
Lieutenant Governor Hochul

ONEONTA – It’s not confirmed yet, but Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul may be at a public meeting of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Conference Center.

The MVREDC is co-chaired by Larry Gilroy, president, Gilroy, Kernan, & Gilroy, the New Hartford insurance agency, and Dr. Robert Geer, COO and Senior Vice President, SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor and education representatives from the Mohawk Valley region are welcome to attend this public meeting.

Hochul was last in the county on the day before the November elections, when she toured Cooperstown’s Main Street with Mayor Jeff Katz and county Democratic chair Richard Abbate.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE AT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC DINNER

CUOMO’S RUNNINGMATE HOCHUL

SURPRISE AT DEMOCRATIC DINNER

Kathy Hochul, Governor Cuomo's runningmate for lieutenant governor, is in Otsego County this evening for the annual Jedediah Peck Dinner at the Country Inn & Suites  in Hartwick Seminary.  Here, county Chairman Richard Abbate introduces the candidate to former Oneonta Mayor John Nader, at left is Kim Muller, Nader's predecessor.  Congressional candiidate Sean Eldridge was also in attendance, and state Controller Tom DiNapoli was due to deliver the keynote.  The guest of honor was Bill Streck, retired Bassett Healthcare president/CEO and a prominent local Democrat.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Kathy Hochul, Governor Cuomo’s runningmate for lieutenant governor, is in Otsego County this evening for the county Democratic Party’s annual Jedediah Peck Dinner at the Country Inn & Suites in Hartwick Seminary. Here she shakes hands with former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller as county Chairman Richard Abbate introduces her to Muller’s successor, former Oneonta Mayor John Nader.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge is briefed on local issues by county Rep. Beth Rosenthal, Roseboom.  Counterclockwise from left are Rosenthal's husband Craig Levy, Barbara Monroe of Milford and Bennett Sandler of Fly Creek.
Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge is briefed on local issues by county Rep. Beth Rosenthal, Roseboom. Counterclockwise from left are Rosenthal’s husband Craig Levy, Barbara Monroe of Milford and Bennett Sandler of Fly Creek.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – County Democratic Chair Richard Abbate told the county committee when it met last Tuesday that he would have a “surprise guest” at the party’s annual Jedediah Peck Dinner this evening at the Country Inn & Suites.

State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, left, congratulates Bill Streck, guest of honor at this evening's Jedediah Peck dinner,   Between them is Streck's wife Karen.
State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, left, congratulates Bill Streck, guest of honor at this evening’s Jedediah Peck dinner, Between them is Streck’s wife Karen.

It was Kathy Hochul, the former congressman from the Buffalo area and former Erie County clerk, who is on the ticket with Governor Cuomo for the lieutenant governor slot.

State Controller Tom DiNapoli, who would keynote the evening, was among the other VIPs. The guest of honor was recently retired Bassett President/CEO Bill Streck, in attendance with wife Karen.

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