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Senator Meets Senator

Senator Meets Senator

Otsego County’s past the present state senators had a chance to trade notes in Oneonta today, when Jim Seward of Milford, right, stopped by to see his successor, Peter Oberacker of Schenevus, at his District Office. (Jeff Bishop photo)
Oberacker To Zucker: Resign Over AG Report Of Low COVID-19 Count

Oberacker To Zucker:

Resign Over AG Report

Of Low COVID-19 Count

Subpoenas Should Be Issued, Senator Adds
Freshman state Sen. Peter Oberacker

ALBANY – Newly elected state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, joined his Assembly colleague today in reacting to Attorney General Letitia James’ report that the Cuomo Administration underreported COVID-19 nursing home deaths by 50 percent.

Supporting Senate Republican Leader Rob Ort, Oberacker called for the “immediate resignation” of state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

“I join with Senate Republican Leader Ortt in calling for the immediate resignation of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. “

Oberacker To Cuomo: Restart School Sports And Performing Arts

Oberacker To Cuomo:

Restart School Sports

And Performing Arts

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ONEONTA – State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, today called on Governor Cuomo and the state Department of Health to develop health and safety guidelines to allow high school sports and the performing arts to resume.

“Safety is everyone’s top priority and we cannot take shortcuts when it comes to the health and well-being of our young people,” said the freshman senator. “However, it is time to move forward and safely restart our school athletic programs, for all sports, and the performing arts.”

Here’s the text of Oberacker’s letter to Cuomo:

First Oberacker-Sponsored Bill, Aiding Oneonta Schools, Passed By Senate Committee

First Oberacker-Sponsored

Bill, Aiding Oneonta Schools,

Passed By Senate Committee

State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, center, participates in today’s Senate Education Committee meeting that $400,000 in aid to Oneonta schools.

ALBANY – The first bill introduced by state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, which corrects a clerical error and saves $400,000 of transportation aid to Oneonta City Schools, today passed the state Senate Education Committee.

“This is the first bill I have introduced as a state senator and it embodies one of my main priorities – to assist our local schools and municipalities when they are in need,” said Oberacker.  “Without this piece of legislation, the Oneonta City School District would be facing a $400,000 hit on its budget.”

The legislation will now go to the Senate Finance Committee and then to the full Senate for approval.   Assemblyman John Salka, who represents Oneonta, is introducing companion legislation in the Assembly.

Committee Assignments Give Oberacker Inputs On Broadband, Bail Reform

Committee Assignments

Give New Senator Inputs

On Broadband, Bail Law

Senator Oberacker on the job in his Albany office.

ALBANY – Otsego County’s new state senator, Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, has been named ranking Republican on two Senate committees: Internet & Technology and Alcoholism & Substance Abuse.

He will also serve on Education, Health, Higher Education and Judiciary.

“Being tasked with leadership roles on two senate committees is a major responsibility. Both of these key committees deal with vital issues that have intensified in need during the COVID pandemic.”

Locally, It Looks  Like GOP Romp

OBERACKER, SALKA FAR AHEAD

Locally, It Looks 

Like GOP Romp

COOPERSTOWN – It looks like Republicans Peter Oberacker and John Salka are easing to victory.

With 175 of 255 districts reporting, Oberacker, who is running to succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the 51st District, is ahead of Democrat Jim Barber, 59,866 to 38,514.

With 52 of 95 districts reporting, In the 121st Assembly District, incumbent John Salka, R-Brookfield, is leading challenger Dan Buttermann of Oneonta, 26,625, to Buttermann’s 11,021.  Buttermann is also losing his home county Otsego, 5,190 to 1,795.

Let Business Know When It Can Open, Oberacker Declares

Let Business Know

When It Can Open,

Oberacker Declares

With Phase Two Arriving Friday,

Governor Yet To Provide Details

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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SCHENEVUS – In the face of uncertainly among local business people, Republican State Senate candidate Peter Oberacker issued a statement this afternoon calling on Governor Cuomo to “immediately release” more detailed information about Phase 2 of the plan to un-PAUSE New York State.

“We have been receiving many calls and messages asking where to find details regarding Phase 2 and sadly, there are none,” said Oberacker, who is running succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who is retiring.  He is running against Jim Barber, the Schoharie farmer who works for Cooperative Extension of Otsego & Schoharie Counties.

Oberacker’s Form Tech Labs To Distribute Hand-Sanitizer

Oberacker’s Form Tech Labs

To Distribute Hand-Sanitizer

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SCHENEVUS – Form Tech Solutions – state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker is its president – is using its food-lab facility to make hand-sanitizer for distribution throughout the area.

“During this unprecedented time, it’s important to chip in wherever we can to help our neighbors and community members to better weather the COVID-19 crisis,” said Oberacker in announcing the news.

To receive a bottle, email info@PeterForSenate51.com

New Purchasing System Fails To Deliver Road Salt In Time
COUNTY REPS MEET ON MATTER

New Purchasing System Fails

To Deliver Road Salt In Time

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – After town garages failed to get road-salt orders in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend snowstorms, the county Board of Representatives is meeting as a “committee of the whole” at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to ensure its new purchasing agreement with Onondaga County is working satisfactorily.

“When you start something new, there are always a couple of glitches,” said county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, who chairs the county board’s Public Works Committee.

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