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Common Council Votes To Name Airport In Sam Nader’s Honor

Council Names City Airport

After Ex-Mayor Sam Nader

“This was the single greatest point of pride in my dad’s life,” said former mayor John Nader, as he accepted a plaque this evening after Common Council unanimously voted to rename the Oneonta Municipal Airport as The Albert S. Nader Regional Airport. Nader, president of SUNY Farmington, who drove up for the event,  read a statement from his father, who remarked, “I regret that I am unable to be with you tonight, but I want to thank each and every one of you for bestowing this honor on me.” The vote was broadcast on the city’s Facebook page, allowing Sam to watch from home. With Nader is Mayor Gary Herzig, who presented the idea to Council just before Thanksgiving. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Civil Air Patrol Takes Up Oneonta Cadets

Civil Air Patrol Takes Up Oneonta Cadets

Three Civil Air Patrol Cadets, from left, Isabel Breslau, Michael Iannelli, and Judy Attanasio, met at the Oneonta Municipal Airport this afternoon to receive their orientation flights with pilot Scott Cohen, left, and squadron commander John Attanasio, right. The crew is just beginning their journey in the Civil Air Patrol, which was created in December of 1941 to serve as an auxiliary arm of the United States Air Force. Air Patrol members often assist in times of need such as search-and-rescue missions and disaster relief.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Chamber To Honor Job Corps, OCCA

Chamber To Honor

Job Corps, OCCA

Awards Planned At ‘Summer Soiree’

ONEONTA – Oneonta Job Corps and the OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Association) are recipients of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 “Sustainable Success” Awards, it was announced today.

The award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Summer Soiree Thursday, July 19, at Oneonta Municipal Airport, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Common Council Sets Workshop On Annexing Airport, Reservoir

Common Council Sets Workshop

On Annexing Airport, Reservoir

ONEONTA – With the idea of bringing the airport and Wilber Lake Reservoir within city limits, Common Council has invited the public a workshop on annexation Monday, March 27, after the Finance/Human Resources Committee meeting.

The workshop will be conducted by Wade Beltramo, counsel for the NYCOM, the New York State Council of Mayors & Municipal Officials.

The Oneonta Municipal Airport is currently in the Town of Laurens; the reservoir, in the Town of Oneonta.

Sam Nader Celebrated As Airport Marks 50th

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Sam Nader Celebrated

As Airport Marks 50th

Hundreds Gather At County’s Air Hub

Today's 50th anniversary of the Oneonta Municipal Airport was also Sam Nader Day, a celebration of the former mayor who, almost single-handedly, put together the pieces that made the airport's construction possible. Here, he share a laugh with current Mayor Gary Herzig. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Today’s 50th anniversary recognition at the Oneonta Municipal Airport was also Sam Nader Day, a celebration of the former mayor who, almost single-handedly, put together the pieces that made the airport’s construction possible in 1965-66. Here, he shares a laugh with current Mayor Gary Herzig.   Standing in the background, from left, are Airport Commission Chair Dennis Finn, OJC Director Chris Kuhn, and Oneonta First Lady Connie Herzig.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Special Meeting Of Common Council To Consider FAA Grant For Airport

Special Meeting Of Common Council

To Consider FAA Grant For Airport

ONEONTA – Common Council is meeting in special session at 6 p.m. today to consider approving a $68,000 local share to enable a $1 million-plus Federal Aviation Administration grant for runway improvements at the Oneonta Municipal Airport and for updating the airport master plan, last revised in 2003.

The special session was required to meet the FAA grant deadline, according to Airport Commission chair Dennis Finn.

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