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Council’s Legislative Committee Discusses Noise, Disturbances and Short-Term Rentals

Council Committee

Focus: Town-Gown

Chairman John Rafter Aims To Focus
On Neighborhood Noise, Apartments

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Council member
John Rafter

ONEONTA – Town-gown relations – noise and mischief in neighborhoods, and the large number of shortterm rentals in the city – are on Common Council member John Rafter’s agenda this year.

And it’s now on the agenda of the council’s Legislative Committee, whcih he chairs, and which met last night for the first time in 2019.

Rafter told committee members – Council members Dave Rissberger, Michelle Osterhoudt and Joe Ficano – they need to assess whether the “Social Host” law, passed last March, is working; and whether a register of rentals might help City Hall identify problem properties.

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