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.
COOPERSTOWN – SUNY Cobleskill’s new president, Dr. Marion Terenzio, said the college offers 30 two-year associate degrees, and would be very interested in entering the conversation about creating a community college in Otsego County.
“We’re here. If there are things you want us to look at, we’re very open … Come to us,” said Terenzio, responding to a question from county Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, after delivering the keynote address at today’s second annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community, organized by NYSHA and hosted at The Farmers’ Museum.
The idea of a community college surfaced most recently in the past few days during a strategic planning exercise, conducted by the Laberge Group of Albany on behalf of the county Board of Representatives.
The conference, which is free and open to the public, continues through the day at the museum’s Louis C. Jones Center.