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Oneonta News

Firefighters’ Call For More Staffing Surprises Mayor

Herzig: Negotiations Underway

Firefighters’ Call

For More Staffing

Surprises Mayor

Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – The Oneonta city firefighters’ union call for increased staffing in the wake of Tuesday’s Church Street housefire was “surprising,” coming in the midst of contract negotiations, Mayor Gary Herzig said today.

“The city has proposed scheduled adjustments that will provide the flexibility needed to ensure optimal staff coverage under all circumstances,” Herzig said.

County Board Gives Final OK to Raises

County Board Gives

Final OK To Raises

County Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, center, discusses today’s M&C raises with colleagues, clockwise from left, county Reps. Keith McCarty,  Meg Kennedy, Adrienne Martini and Gary Koutnik.  Upper left, county board Chair David Bliss reviews agenda with Carol McGovern, clerk of the board.  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Board of Representatives made it official today.

With only one dissenting vote from Andrew Stammel, D-Oneonta,  the representatives voted a half-million dollars worth of raises for department heads and managers – including $3,000 for themselves, their first raise since the $250 in 2008.

Police Charge Oneonta Man With Attempted Murder

POLICE: WOMAN’S NECK TWISTED

Oneonta Man Arrested

For Attempted Murder

David Thomas

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly strangled a woman and twisted her neck, causing severe injury.

The victim also had bruises and bite marks, Police Chief Doug Brenner said.

David C. Thomas, 28, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a domestic dispute that allegedly turned physical.

After Fire, Union Seeks Staff Hikes

OPF: PERSONNEL LACKING

After Fire, Union

Seeks Staff Hikes

Flames shoot from the Church Street home where fire broke out Tuesday. (Facebook photo)

ONEONTA – Following Tuesday’s housefire on Church Street, the Oneonta Professional Firefighters union today called for an increase in staffing “to help keep the … community safe.”

In a press release, the OPF called for:

  • At least six trained firefighters/EMT’s on duty, 24/7, and
  • At least three personnel, trained at EMT level or higher, responding to each medical emergency.

On Monday, there were only five firefighters on duty, the union said in a press release. One member was located in Binghamton for mandatory training.

Town Board: Unanimous No On Compressor Station Grant

It’s Unanimous: Town Board

Rejects Gas Decompressor

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – At the urging of Otsego 2000 and 40 people who showed up at its monthly meeting, the Oneonta Town Board last night unanimously voted to oppose a $3.5 million state grant application for a gas decompression station at Pony Farm.

“No member of the Town Board is in favor of the decompressor gas station,” declared Supervisor Bob Wood at the start of the meeting.

Oneonta Man Arrested For Hanging Nazi Posters At SUNY

Oneonta Teen Arrested

For Putting Up Nazi Fliers

18-Year-Old Is Freshman At SUNY Purchase

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gunnar Hassard

ONEONTA – An Oneonta teen was arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly posting as many as 16 pro-Nazi posters around the SUNY Purchase campus, where he’s a student.

Gunnar Hassard, 18, Oneonta, a freshman at SUNY Purchase, was arrested by University Police after he allegedly hung posters with Nazi imagery, including swastikas and images of Adolph Hitler.

SUNY President Hosts Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY President Hosts

Christmas Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, left, readies a tray of Double Double Chocolate Chip cookies for the oven as part of a staff-wide cookie bake-off held at SUNY this afternoon. But My Kitchen chef Donna Bond and Angie Eichler, Student Life, have their own entry coming out of the oven – Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies will be blind taste-tested this afternoon and a winner announced. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Seward Hosts Reality Check Members

Seward Hosts Reality Check

Members of Realty Check and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties met with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in his Oneonta District Office. Standing behind the senator are, from left, Brea Fyfe (Oneonta Community Christian School), Jasmine Neill (Sharon Springs Central School), Ava Valetutto (Sharon Springs Central), Linda Wegner (ATFC-DOS Program director), Bonnie Peck (Reality Check Youth Engagement coordinator).
Faso Co-Sponsors Legislation To Close Limo Loophole

As Term Near End, Faso Aims

To Close Limousine Loophole

Rep. John Faso

With his term due to end in 20 days, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19,  has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to to close a legal loophole that may have contributed the 20-fatal crash two months ago in Schoharie County.

The loophole allows retrofitted limos, like the one in the crash, to avoid compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

“The recent tragedy in Schoharie County, which took the lives of 20 people, must move the Congress to close this loophole and enact stricter rules on modified vehicles,” the outgoing congressman said.

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