ONEONTA – Common Council member Dr. Mark R. Davies, Second Ward, has been appointed Dean of the School of Education, Human Ecology and Sports Studies at SUNY Oneonta.
A former Hartwick College professor of education, Davies will oversee all academic programs in dietetics, elementary and adolescence education, exercise science, family and consumer sciences, fashion and textiles, food service and restaurant administration, human development and family studies, human ecology and sport management. He begins his appointment on July 1.
ONEONTA – Mark Davies, Ward 2, and Kaytee Lipari Shue, Ward 4, will both appear on the Democratic ballot line for Oneonta Common Council this November after hammering opponents Seth Clark and Jerid Goss in today’s primary.
Both were endorsed by the city Democratic Committee.
Without write-ins counted, Davies received 95 votes to Clark’s five, and Shue got 49 votes to Goss’ 11. However, both Clark and Goss will run on the Republican and Independence lines in November.
ONEONTA – Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to two seats on Common Council in tomorrow’s primary election. Polls will be open noon-9 p.m. at Foothills. Click below for questionnaires provided by the four candidates:
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Professor of Education, Hartwick College (17 Years); High School Social Studies Teacher (8 Years)
Environmental Board – 2013-present
Chair of the Environmental Board – 2015-present
Sustainability Task Force Chairperson – 2010-2015
County-wide Composting Project 2014-present
County Energy Task Force, Co-Chair Environment Sub-Committee – 2019-present
City Comprehensive Planning Committee – 2017-2019
Board Member, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) – 2017-present.
Board Member, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) – 2009-2013
Oneonta Soccer Club Coach 2007-2011
FAMILY: Married to Diana Portalatin for 29 years; son, Kai (22); daughter, Marly (20)
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT:
Elected officials need to represent the people and make decisions that are in the best interest of the people and enhance their quality of life.
MAJOR ISSUES FACING CITY OF ONEONTA:
Oneonta faces challenges in the years ahead:
With an aging infrastructure, updates and improvements need to take place.
Family housing is disappearing in the city, we need to explore strategies to increase middle-income and family housing to attract more families to Oneonta.
In order to attract businesses to Oneonta, we need to develop and implement a strategic plan for business development.
Given the realities of climate change, we need to vigilantly protect the environmental health of our community and reduce our carbon footprint.
I look for opportunities to collaborate with people, which often requires moving beyond differences and working to find common ground. I start from a position of respect for all people in all of my interactions. I enjoy the challenge of solving problems through developing creative or logical solutions. I have always been guided by the simple idea that we have a responsibility to do what is best for people and best for the environment; because the people in our lives and the places we live are most valuable.
I’m running for Common Council because I am deeply committed to serving the community, addressing our challenges, and working to secure a high quality of life for all community members without sacrificing our environmental health now and into the future.
Please help to put Mark Davies, the top candidate for Common Council from Ward 2, on the Nov. 5 Ballot by voting in the primary, noon-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, at Foothills.
His June 25 opponent is already on the Republican line for the Nov. 5 ballot. Mark needs your vote on June 25 to win his line on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. Let me know if you need a ride.
Mark is by the far the most qualified and energetic candidate for the Ward 2 seat. He has served the city and Greater Oneonta on five groups related to the development of the city and initiating environmentally sound policies, such as area-wide composting of waste, ways of saving and introducing clean energy, ways of introducing sustainable practices contributing in long range planning for the city, and ways of supporting challenging athletic programs for youth such as soccer and biking,
As a member of the city Environmental Board, I have watched Mark, who is chair, work with other board members and the community to bring to fruition things like the Community Gardens, to obtain grants to reduce the city’s energy consumption, and to support bringing a few hundred high school students and their families to Oneonta two weekends ago for a biking competition (good for local businesses).
When Mark stops by your house in the next week, ask him about his six goals for the City.
Mark might not tell you this, but his real skill is working with people of all political interests as long as they are interested in working for the betterment of the city, its youth and older citizens.
As a professor at Hartwick College, Mark knows younger folks and has involved them in the sustainability efforts of the city, helping to bring students in contact with other city residents.
Make sure your neighbors in Ward 2 vote too on Tuesday, June 25. It is important!
On June 25 voters in the city of Oneonta’s Ward 2 will have the opportunity to choose between two candidates running for Common Council on the Democratic ticket.
While I live in the adjoining Ward 3, I encourage those in the second to choose Mark Davies. It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside Mark both as a faculty colleague at Hartwick College and on the city Environmental Board.
Mark has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the health of our community. For instance, he has been instrumental in the countywide composting project that secured a grant to purchase the necessary equipment and has been working to get the logistical side off the ground.
He is the co-chair of the Environment Sub-Committee of the Otsego County Energy Task Force. He has been a part of the city’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. He is board member for the Center of Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship, and a former board member of the Otsego County Conservation Association and the Oneonta Community Alliance for Youth.
Finally, he has been a member of the city’s Environmental Board for six years, chairing it for the past four years.
At Hartwick and on the Environmental Board, he is a wonderful leader who works hard to get as many diverse voices to the table; and once he gets them there, he listens carefully to what they have to say.
His ability to facilitate discussion and broker agreements between parties that may have originally thought they were at odds with one another is just the sort of ability the City of Oneonta needs in a council member.
His commitment to this community, not just to the neighborhood he lives in, but to the greater city itself, is evident in all the positions he has held. Mark is committed and has demonstrated his commitment to the economic growth of Oneonta, while at the same time preserving the environment that makes Oneonta such a lovely place to live.
So while I can’t vote for him in the primary nor in the general election, I encourage the voters of Ward 2 to vote Mark, because I know he will do everything he can to make Oneonta the vibrant, healthy community we want it to be.
As outgoing city councilwoman for Oneonta’s Second Ward, it is my privilege to endorse Dr. Mark Davies for the Ward 2 Common Council seat in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, June 25.
Mark has been a city resident for 17 years. He is employed as a Hartwick College professor of education, and is coordinator of the environment, sustainability and society major there.
On a personal note, Mark is an avid mountain biker and hiker, and loves working and living in Oneonta. He feels the area offers the best trails for his outdoor pursuits, as well as being rich in agriculture and natural beauty. This gives him an opportunity to educate his students on the importance of protecting the environment.
Mark’s lifelong commitment to social and environmental justice has led him to be actively involved in local initiatives and boards.
As Common Council liaison to our Environmental Board, I have had the pleasure of working with Mark, who is chair, for the past 3½ years. He has been on the Environmental Board for six years, as chair for four years.
Mark works to help the city find ways to reduce Green House Gas emissions, develop “complete streets” to assure a walkable/bikeable city, and create a sustainable vision by being a member of the countywide Energy Task Force and the City Comprehensive Planning Committee. He is working to develop a plan securing grant money for a countywide composting facility to be located in Oneonta.
Dr. Davies’ knowledge of, and commitment to, our city, its residents, the county and the environment, are the reasons I feel he is the best candidate to represent Oneonta’s Second Ward. I encourage you to vote for Mark Davies for second ward councilman on June 25.
ONEONTA – The first contest in November’s Common Council election surfaced a few minutes ago.
Mark Davies, the Hartwick College professor who chairs the city’s Environmental Board, announced he will be running to represent Oneonta’s 2nd Ward on the Common Council, replacing Melissa Nicosia, who isn’t running again.
His announcement sets him up against Seth Clark, a Democrat who announced over the weekend he is running for Nicosia’s seat.
ONEONTA – The sustainability task force wants to make it easier for homeowners to let the sunshine in – with solar panels, that is.
“We’ve brought forward a unified solar permit that makes it easier to go through the process of getting permits for rooftop solar,” said Mark Davies, a member of the Sustainability Task Force during tonight’s meeting of the Common Council. “If Common Council passes this, it will make it much quicker to get those permits.”