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Rachel Jessup

Housing Dominates Talk At First Comprehensive Plan Meeting

Housing Dominates As

Planning Gets Underway

Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Housing tells his colleagues on the City of Oneonta’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee how the loss of Center Street School resulted in the decline of that Center City residential neighborhood.   When he was growing up there, his family’s neighbors were primarily tenured professors at the college, he said.  Now, fellow committee member and Realtor Joan Fox pointed out, lower-paid adjuncts sometimes can’t qualify for mortgages.  That led to discussion of a range of housing issues, including faculty and executive recruits choosing not to accept college or hospital job offers because of the lack of housing, and professors choosing to commute from the Albany suburbs, New Hartford and Vestal, rather than moving here.  Amid this shortage, it was noted, there are 100 vacant houses in the city.  Listening are committee members Rachel Lutz Jessup of Destination Oneonta, the local manger of the Bank of Cooperstown; Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, and Fox. The committee had its first meeting Monday evening, led by Elan Planning’s Nicolette Wagoner and Susan Caruvana, who helped with Cooperstown’s Comprehensive Plan last year, and are also working with Richfield Springs and Schenevus.  They have already planned housing and parking studies as part of the comp plan’s development.  The city’s master plan update, which will take about a year, is paid for mostly by a state grant obtained by Otsego New CEO Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Destination Oneonta Bids Farewell to Goff, Welcomes Pindar

Farewell, Julia.  Welcome Steve.

Transition At Destination Oneonta

Rachel Jessup embraces outgoing Destination Oneonta Executive Director Julia Goff after recognizing her for her work with the organization. "It has been a privilege and a honor to work with the board." said Goff. "There is excellent energy in the organization now and it's hard to step away, but I hope to reconnect with (Destination Oneonta) in the Future." Goff will be replaced by Steve Pinder. Bob Brzozowski was also honored for his work, as well as Nancy Scanlon and Sidney Federal Credit Union who received awards for community improvement. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com
Destination Oneonta board chair Rachel Jessup embraces outgoing DO Executive Director Julia Goff after recognizing her for her work with the organization during the annual meeting Wednesday evening at Foothills. “It has been a privilege and a honor to work with the board.” said Goff. “There is excellent energy in the organization now and it’s hard to step away, but I hope to reconnect with (Destination Oneonta) in the future.” Goff will be replaced by Steve Pindar, former general manager of the Oneonta Outlaws.  Receiving DO Community Improvement Awards were retiring Common Council member Bob Brzozowski was also honored for his work, as were Nancy Scanlon,  former SportTech owner and a longtime downtown advocate, and Sidney Federal Credit Union. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Bank Names Rachel Jessup Branch Manager Of New Oneonta Office

Cooperstown Bank Names Rachel Jessup

Branch Manager Of New Oneonta Office

Rachel Lutz Jessup, longtime Oneonta-area banker who is active in many of the city’s civic initiatives and organizations, has been named branch manager of the Bank of Cooperstown’s Oneonta branch, nearing completion on lower Main Street, across from River Street.

Jessup has been involved in banking since 1986. She has held various positions with Key Bank, N.A. and NBT Bank N.A., including branch manager, trainer, compliance and customer service.

A resident of Oneonta, Jessup has served on the boards of First Night Oneonta and Main Street Oneonta. She is also active in the Oneonta Rotary Club and Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Alfred University, Jessup has also been awarded Outstanding Young Woman of America, Volunteer of the Year/United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties and Who’s Who Among Young American Women.

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