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Oberacker, Salka Lead Republican Romp

Oberacker, Salka

Lead Republican Romp

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

American Legion Post 259 Commander Terry Harkenreader, Oneonta, receives his ballot from election officials Jerod Brey, Oneonta, and Roy Bartoo, Laurens, at Foothills, Tuesday, Nov 3, just after polls opened for
the 2020 elections. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Republicans romped across Otsego County on Election Day 2020, leading with the top of the ticket, President Donald Trump.

“We’re not even purple,” said a jubilant GOP County Chairman Vince Casale, as Peter Oberacker won the 51st Senate District and Assemblyman John Salka turned back Oneonta Democrat Dan Buttermann by a large margin in the 121st District. “Otsego County is red.”

Casale said the Republican victory margins in all key local races are too great to be overcome by the 6,000 absentee ballots that will be counted in the next 10 days.

Democratic County Chairman Clark Oliver texted that he was unable to talk about the evening.
But Richard Sternberg, Cooperstown, the Democratic state committeeman, said, “There’s still a strong feeling for the Republican Party here; that’s clear.”

In Otsego County, the only Democrat to gain support from a majority of the voters was freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado. Other than that, it was red, red, red, beginning at the top.

• Trump, who is expected to lose New York State overall, took Otsego County, 12,317 to 8,682 for Democrat Joe Biden. That’s 57.1 percent to Biden’s 40.28 percent.

• In the 51st Senate District, Oberacker, the county rep from Schenevus who will now succeed, tallied 12,708 for 61.13 percent of the total against Democrat Jim Barber’s 7,959 (38.29 percent). In the 51st District, it was 63,612 (57.08 percent) to Barber’s 41,929 (37.63 percent). Late in the evening, Barber called Oberacker to concede.

• In the 121st Assembly District, Salka, R-Brookfield, blunted Buttermann’s challenge. The county tally was 7,632 (56.79 percent) to 5,437 (40.46 percent). In the 121st District, Salka tallied 29,715 (61.10 percent) to 14,972 (30.79 percent).

Republicans won the three other in-county Assembly districts as well: incumbent Brian Miller topped Chad McEvoy in the 101st; incumbent Chris Tague beat Betsy Kraat, and it was former Norwich police chief Joe Angelino over Richard Shaw in the 122nd.

In the 19th, Democrat Delgado won Otsego County with 9,661 votes to Republican Kyle Van De Water’s 9,181. Across the 19th, Delgado won 141,751 to Van De Water’s 134,503.

Reached at his victory celebration, Oberacker acknowledged, “We did crack the champagne a bit. I won’t say it was premature: All the indications are there, so we decided to celebrate.”

What gave him the edge, he said, was “just taking to folks in a common sense manner. We’ve logged 11,000 miles in the 51st, and I’ve spoken to people of all social strata, from farmers to businessmen.”

Asked if he planned to take a little time off, he said, “No, we’re going to get to work.” He was scheduled to speak with a Form Tech client in Bangkok, Thailand, at 4 p.m., and planned to attend the county Board of Representatives monthly meeting at 10 a.m.

“After that,” he said, “we’re going to get down to the business of the 51st District.”

Salka could not immediately be reached for comment.

Casale, who was at Oberacker’s victory celebration, said, “I think the voters saw the value of having individuals who can go to Albany and fight for their values.”

In particular, Salka campaigned against the Democrats’ bail-reform law, introducing a bill to repeal it.

And Oberacker said that on Jan. 1, his first day in office, he will introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

GOP Chief Barnstorms Locally On Election Eve

LANGWORTHY IN COOPERSTOWN

GOP Chief Barnstorms

Locally On Election Eve

With four days to go until Election Day for federal and state offices, state Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy stopped in Cooperstown this morning to rally the local party faithful on the first stop of a Central New York tour. He decried “AOC Wannabes” and the state’s leftward shift, raising concerns about bail reform and plans to give illegal residents the right to vote. He was joined by the local GOP ticket (inset, right), led by state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker (center); from left are Assembly incubents John Salka, whose district includes Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs; Chris Tague, who represents Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland. At lower right is Ryan Van De Water, the Republican lawyer from Poughkeepsie who’s challenging Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19. The contingent continued on to Oneida County.  Flanking him are county Rep. Dan Wilber, Burlington, a former member of the famed Thunderbirds (note cap), and Bobby Walker, CCS grad now completing his degree at SUNY Albany. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ENDORSEMENT: United We Stand, With Oberacker, Dan Buttermann

ENDORSEMENT EDITORIAL

United We Stand,

With Oberacker,

Dan Buttermann

This year, Otsego County faces a big challenge, and big opportunities.

Senator Seward

The threat: State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is retiring after representing us in Albany for 34 years, where he was able to maintain Otsego County at the center of the 50th District, then the 51st District, through three redistrictings.

A Republican when the Senate was usually Republican, he partnered with our Democratic then-assemblyman, Bill Magee of Madison County, to obtain (probably more than – hurray!) our fair share in state largesse.

Regrettably, our senator is retiring at the end of the year – not because he wants to, but due to health challenges: cancer and, earlier this year, COVID. He departs with as close to universal good wishes as anyone could expect or hope for.

What now?

Opportunity One: Peter Oberacker, a successful businessman and energetic county representative from Schenevus, is seeking to succeed Seward – with the senator’s blessing – and deserves every Otsego County vote.

Peter Oberacker

Oberacker arrived in Otsego County in time to enter first grade, and is devoted to his adopted county, moving his research and marketing business home from College Station, Texas, four years ago so he could focus more intently in developing a 300-job distribution center at Interstate 88’s Exit 18. It should happen and, based in Albany, he can better apply the levers to obtain whatever state help is possible.

His opponent, Democrat Jim Barber, a prominent farmer in the Schoharie Valley, went negative last week, suggesting he knows he’s behind. His mailer suggested Oberacker has
an attendance challenge on the county board, but that’s wrong: chairing Public Works and serving on a half-dozen key committees, he has invested more time in county duties than many of his colleagues, even managing the highway department day-to-day for weeks when a past superintendent peremptorily retired.

Barber, son of a former Ag & Markets commissioner, is something of a one-issue candidate; he’d be a great Ag & Markets commissioner himself, if Richard Ball, a neighbor and relative by marriage, eventually steps aside. But for Senate, make it Oberacker.

Opportunity Two: Dan Buttermann, an Oneonta Democrat who is running again for the 121st Assembly seat against John Salka, the freshman incumbent from Madison County.

Dan Buttermann

If elected to the Democratic-majority body, Buttermann, an NYCM casualty manager (and clarinetist in the Catskill Symphony), is young enough – 36 – that he could achieve Seward-like seniority in the Democratic-dominated lower house over the next 30 years, with attendant benefits.

In an interview, Buttermann mentioned 2050 a few times – the father of three young daughters, he’s thinking long term on such issues as Climate Change, paying his way to Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps’ seminar in 2018 in L.A. He’s a knowledge-driven thinker who brought TedX mind-broadening seminars to Oneonta.

He and Oberacker, conceivably, could establish a Seward-Magee-like partnership, to the benefit of Otsego County.

To support the home team is not to criticize Salka, the scrappy and likeable incumbent with an inspiring personal story who, in the face of a large Democratic majority, is reaching beyond the Assembly to the bureaucracy to solve his district’s problems.

John Salka

On social issues such as bail reform, he may be closer to his constituents than his challenger. Will Buttermann’s support for gradually rolling back a measure that’s keeping at least petty criminals on local streets resonate sufficiently with voters?

And, given Madison County’s larger population than Otsego’s, Buttermann is not guaranteed a win from a constituency that tilts Republican. Still the Oneontan is an engaging hard worker who beat a Madison County candidate in the Democratic primary.

He can win, and an Otsego-based Oberacker-Buttermann team in Albany would only help our county’s fortunes.

Salka Brings Bail Reform Message To Otsego County

Salka Brings Bail Reform

Message To Otsego County

Again, Oberacker Promises Companion Bill
‘On Jan. 1’ If Elected Tuesday To State Senate
Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, brought his proposed bail-reform repeal plan to Otsego County this morning, with a press conference in the lobby of the county jail.  His bill, introduced earlier this month, would repeal the Democratic majority’s controversial bail reforms of 2019. “This law set up a revolving door of justice,” he said. “But this bill doesn’t allow that to happen.” With him, from left, are Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, who represents the county’s eastern towns, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., and Republican 51st District state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker, Schenevus.  Oberacker repeated that, if elected Nov. 3, he will introduce companion legislation in the state Senate on Jan. 1.  (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oberacker: NYS Should Send ‘Immediate Financial Relief’ After SUNY-O Crisis

Oberacker: NYS Should

Send ‘Immediate Financial

Relief’ After SUNY-O Crisis

County Will Suffer From State Bungling, He Says;
Barber Calls For Broader Relief To Localities
Oberacker

ONEONTA – The State of New York should provide “immediate financial relief” to Oneonta and surrounding communities for the damage caused by the mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak at SUNY Oneonta, Republican state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker said today.

Oberacker, who is running to succeed Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the 51st District, suggested the state should react “much like you would see in response to a natural disaster.”

Oberacker Volunteers Place Signs, Pick Up Trash

Placing Signs, Volunteers

Also Pick Up Roadside Trash

Gary DuBois, left, a longtime friend and campaign volunteer for Republican state Senate hopeful Peter Oberacker, picks up trash along Route 7 in Schenevus as Ed Huber hammers in one of Oberacker’s campaign signs. Since they started three weeks ago, they’ve taken to cleaning up the area where they place signs; first weed-whacking, and then collecting debris. In all, they’ve collected seven bags of garbage from the highways around the county. ‘We’re adopting all the highways,” said DuBois. “We’re doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
AllOTSEGO E-EDITORIAL: Why Not Plan Locally To Un-PAUSE Here?

AllOTSEGO.com E-EDITORIAL

Why Not Plan Locally

To Un-PAUSE Here?

On second thought, it’s an intriguing idea.

State Senate candidate Peter Oberacker

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who is also running for state Senate, suggested yesterday that, instead of waiting for Governor Cuomo to tell us when and how to reopen, we in Otsego County should put together our own un-PAUSE plan, present it to the governor, and act on it.

Hmm.  That would follow the model the Cuomo Administration is applying to factories and construction sites due to open May 15:  The companies are developing plans to submit to the state, not vice versa.

“Why can’t we go to our governor and tell him:  We understand it. We need to open. Here’s our plan to move forward,” said Oberacker in an interview with www.AllOTSEGO.com. “Let’s put together a structured plan to reopen Otsego County.”

Why not indeed?

He was criticized last evening by his Democratic opponent, Jim Barber of Schoharie, for flouting “medical experts and science-based criteria.”  But what the experts are recommending can be known and applied, without waiting for Albany to do it for us.

Barber: Leave Decision On Reopening County To ‘Medical Experts’

Barber: Leave Decision

On Reopening County

To ‘Medical Experts’

He Criticizes Oberacker Call

To Plan ‘un-PAUSE’ Locally

SCHOHARIE – Democrat Jim Barber this evening issued a statement saying he “profoundly disagrees” with his Republican opponent Peter Oberacker‘s idea of developing a local plan to reopen Otsego County instead of waiting for Governor Cuomo to do so.

Both men are  running to succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.

Let US Decide How To Reopen, Oberacker Says

HERE’S TEXT OF DEBATED RESOLUTION

Let US Decide

How To Reopen,

Oberacker Says

He Votes Nay But, After Lively Debate,

Republicans, Democrats Come Together

The county board held its second monthly meeting via Zoom this morning, and how to end Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE was the topic of lively debate.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, who is also running for state Senate, said the county should prepared a reopening plan itself and present it to the state, rather than the other way around.

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County shouldn’t be waiting for Governor Cuomo’s permission to reopen as the coronavirus threat wanes, says county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus.

Oberacker, who is also running for state Senate, was the sole “nay” vote as a resolution asking the governor to reopen the county “safely and as soon as possible” passed the Board of Representatives today by a 13-1 vote.

“Why can’t we go to our governor and tell him:  We understand it.  We need to open. Here’s our plan to move forward,” said Oberacker in an interview after the meeting. “Let’s put together a structured plan to reopen Otsego County.”

The resolution the county representatives passed was less specific.

Oberacker’s Hand-Sanitizers Distributed From Schenevus

Oberacker’s Hand-Sanitizers

Distributed From Schenevus

Bill and Phyllis Denny, Oneonta, drove out to the Schenevus Fire House this afternoon, where county Rep. Peter Overacker, the Republican candidate to succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was handing out free hand-sanitizers.  In the past week, Oberacker converted the lab at Form Tech Solutions, his product-development company in Schenevus, to manufacture 400 bottles of hand-sanitizer to help fill a shortage caused by the coronavirus threat.  Earlier, he had gone door-to-door, handing out 80 bottles.  The rest of the bottles will be distribute, one per family, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, also at the fire hall.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oberacker: Hand-Sanitizer Distributed, Starting Monday

Oberacker: Hand-Sanitizer

Distributed, Starting Monday

Oberacker

SCHENEVUS – Peter Oberacker’s Form Tech Solutions lab has spent the week producing hand-sanitizers, and will begin distributing 4-7 Monday afternoon at the Schenevus Fire Department.

“We’ll have a tent outside the first department,” said Oberacker, who is running the state Senate on the Republican line to succeed Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “You can drive up, and we’ll hand out one free bottle per household while supply lasts.”

A second distribution is planned 4-7 p.m. Wedneday, April 15, also at the fire department.

Keep Hands Off Upstate Ventilators

3 REPUBLICANS TELL GOVERNOR:

Keep Hands Off

Upstate Ventilators

Here is an example of the ventilator being used for coronavirus patients.

COOPERSTOWN – Three key Republicans representing Otsego County issued a statement today calling Governor Cuomo’s plan to “seize” ventilators and PPE equipment from Upstate hospitals “dangerous” and “just plain wrong.”

They are county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who is running to succeed state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblymen John Salka, R-Brookfield, whose district includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, and Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, whose district includes Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester.

Study: Schenevus #1 Site For Distribution Center, And Townsfolk Love Idea

NEXT STEP: MARKETING PLAN

Study: Schenevus #1 Site

For Distribution Center,

And Townsfolk Love Idea

Peter Oberacker, county representative, state Senate candidate, and champion of the distribution center for Schenevus, walks the site in 2017. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SCHENEVUS – It’s not perfect. It needs natural gas. It needs a waste-water treatment solution.

But what the 130-acre site at I-88’s Exit 18 – selected out of 86 sites within two miles of Otsego County’s nine interstate exit as the best for a 350-500 job distribution center – has that’s almost impossible to find is “99-percent community support,” said county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus.

“When we had discussions with development firms,” said Oberacker, “they said that’s one of the biggest positives: The town is for it. They said, ‘That’s huge.’”

Oberacker was interviewed after a consulting firm, McFarland Johnson of Binghamton, hired by the county Board of Representatives to rank distribution-center sites, reported last week it had narrowed its selection from 86 to 62 sites, then to 10, then to five – and then two: the one at Exit 18, and another to Tait Road atop a mountain on the other side of I-88.

The study was commissioned after Oberacker had convinced Sandy Mathes, then Otsego Now president, of the benefits of the Kinch property for a distribution center, the county board commissioned the McFarland Johnson study to make sure the optimum site was chosen.

After Adam Frosino briefed the county reps at their March meeting on the 4th – the Tait Road site was bigger and flatter, he said, but the approach was up steep Route 41 – the board gave the go-ahead to the Schenevus distribution center, the type used by Amazon, Dollar General, Walmart — virtually every major U.S. retailer.

The site, said Frosino, is right off I-88, where an entrance with “curb appeal” can be created by turning the T at the exit and Route 7 into a four-way crossroads. Plus, a second entrance is possible from Smokey Avenue, which runs along the site’s west side.

There’s sufficient land for a 600,000 square foot building, access to utilities, and an owner — Ron and Helen Kinch — willing to sell.

While Tait Road could accommodate a million-square-foot building, Frosino was asked what big retailer would be interested in a 600,000-square-foot one possible at Exit 18. Yes, he replied. Some distribution centers are as big as 1.5 million square feet; some as small at 300,000 square feet.

The Schenevus site is just right, he said.

Oberacker, who is now running for state Senate to succeed retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, points out the #1 site is also south-facing, meaning anyone who locates there can take advantage of solar energy to allay costs.

Two challenges remain, he said the interview. One, sewage disposal: he said a package plant might suffice. Two, natural gas; in addition to solar enhancements, truck deliveries along I-88 might be sufficient, he said.

It was also pointed out that a distribution center could spur related development — a truck stop/gas station, for instance, or a motel.

The next steps, Frosino said, are a market survey, conceptual site plans, a conceptual cost estimate and obtaining environmental reports. The idea is to make the site “virtually shovel-ready,” he said.

The idea, also, is that Otsego Now, the county’s economic development arm which last week received a $75,000 allocation from the county reps, would buy the site and market it. Since it would be job-creating, there would likely be state grants available to help with its development.

#1 DISTRIBUTION CENTER SITE IS, YES, SCHENEVUS

#1 DISTRIBUTION

CENTER SITE IS,

YES, SCHENEVUS

Engineers Pick It From 86

Sites With 2 Miles Of I-88

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Peter Oberacker walks the Kinch’s 130-acre property in February 2017, when it was first proposed for a distribution center. A study, revealed today, affirms it is the best such site in the county within two miles of an I-88 exit. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, (and Otsego Now then-President Sandy Mathes) must have been prescient.

A little over three years ago, they proposed 130 acres of level land on a rise to the north of I-88’s Exit 18 at Schenevus for a 250-500-job distribution center, the type used by Amazon, Dollar General, Walmart — virtually every major U.S. retailer.

Today, after months of study, Adam Frosino, an engineer from McFarland Johnson, Binghamton-based consulting engineers, told the county Board of Representatives that 86 potential sites had been identified within two miles of Otsego County’s nine I-88 exits.  They had been winnowed down to 26, then 10, then five, then two.

Of those two, the reps selected … the site championed by Oberacker and Mathes at the outset.

As Successor, Seward Gets Behind Oberacker

Candidate Has ‘Experience, Vision’

As Successor, Seward

Gets Behind Oberacker

Oberacker

ONEONTA – Retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Oneonta, today endorsed Peter Oberacker, the Otsego County representative and independent business owner from Schenevus, to succeed him next year.

“I wholeheartedly endorse Peter Oberacker and look forward to calling him my New York State senator,” said the 34-year veteran.

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