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Zakrevsky, Nick’s Diner Owner Named To Delgado Committee

Nick’s Diner Owner, Heegan,

Zakrevsky To Advise Delgado

The Goal:  To Help Small Businesses Prosper

Thorsland

KINGSTON –  Nick’s Diner proprietor Rodney Thorsland, Oneonta, as well as Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now CEO, and Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan will represent the county on Congressman Antonio Delgado’s 19th District Small Business Advisory Committee, it was announced today.

All 11 counties in the district are represented.

“The district is home to more than 27,000 small businesses and self-employed owners, and I am proud to advocate on their behalf as a member of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives,” Delgado said.

River Street House Where Fictional Det. ‘Philo Vance’ Was Born Is Endangered

River Street House Where

Fictional Det. ‘Philo Vance’

Was Created Is Endangered

Salvation Army Plans To Raze It,

But GOHS May Object To Plans

S.S. Van Dine’s detective novels – aka Willard Huntington Wright – were frequently made into movies in the first half of the 20th Century starring such famous actors at William Powell and Mary Astor.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Hidden behind a row of overgrown trees on River Street is a literary legacy.

GOHS Executive Director Bob Brzozowski strolls past 31 Railroad St., where famous “Philo Vance” mysteries were being written a century ago. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

As S.S. Van Dine, Willard Huntington Wright (1888-1939), wrote 12 novels starring dandy detective Philo Vance – and Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, believes that they were written here.

“We know his novel ‘The Man of Promise’ (196) was partially written in the cupola of 31 River Street,” said Brzozowski. “It’s set in Greenwood, which is based on Oneonta. H.L. Mencken called it ‘the Great American Novel’. We believe he wrote some of the Vance novels here as well.”

The heritage will remain, but the house, neglected for year, is about to succumb to the ravages of time.

The Salvation Army, whose local operation is growing, bought the property in March, first to build a parking lot, then expanding its building.

“We need more room,” said Maj. Sharon Harford, the veteran commander who is retiring at the end of May. “We want to expand our food pantry, and the city is looking to us to create a warming station for the homeless when the temperature drops.”

City Takes Hotel Owners To Court

ONEONTA HOTEL CASE IN COURT

Lawyer: City Hall Won’t

Take Blame For Deaths

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – In the first court hearing in City Hall efforts to evict tenants from the deteriorating former Oneonta Hotel building, City Attorney David Merzig made the city’s opinion very clear.

The Building at 195 Main St. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

“We’re at the end of our ropes,” Merzig said today in state Supreme Court here. “We are not going to be held responsible if there is a fire in that building and 20 people die in downtown Oneonta.”

After ordering  building owners Melania and Nicolae Pervu to fix multiple building code violations, the city deemed the building unsafe last November and stated that the Pervus had until April 30 to comply with the building codes before evictions would take place.

Merzig explained that those code violations were not rectified, and the city is looking to move forward with eviction proceedings as soon as possible.

“It is the city’s position that that ship has already sailed,” said Merzig, citing the nine-month window the city gave the owners.

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