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Riverside Apartments

RSS Project Out, Salka Tells Foes

RSS Project Out,

Salka Tells Foes

Report: No State Funding

For Riverside Apartments

This is a rendering of Riverside Apartments provided by RSS, its prospective developer.

ONEONTA – Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who represents Oneonta, has told local foes of Riverside Apartments that the state has denied funding to RSS’ 64-unit housing project at River and Duane streets, according to an email from Donna Harmer to fellow members of  Sixth Ward Neighbors United.

6th Ward Neighbors Complain To Seward About RSS’s Record


6th Ward Neighbors

Complain To Seward

About RSS’s Record

Former Oneonta Alderman Bill Shue, left, and Fran Colone, Sixth Ward Neighbors United organizer, brief residents on strategies going forward to block a 65-unit apartment complex, including 12 units for residents in rehabilitation, planned for River Street near Duane. (Ian Austin/


By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – The Sixth Ward Neighbors United is hoping to enlist the assistance of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the fight against Riverside Apartments, a 64-unit low-income housing project proposed by Rehabilitation Support Services.

We “are seeking a full investigation of the financial dealings of (RSS), who have submitted funding applications to several state agencies,” the letter read. “We feel that because of the super-inflated costs of this project, historical evidence points to a project filled with potential kickbacks, self-dealing, improper loans between nonprofits, some exorbitant expenses and a potentially improper relationship with a for-profit entity.”

RSS Friend To Community, Executive Director Avows

from Bill DeVita

RSS Friend To Community,

Executive Director Avows

These images and other information about the 65 apartments planned in the Sixth Ward are available at

To the Editor:

For more than 30 years, Rehabilitation Support Services has been an
active and committed community partner and service provider in the City of Oneonta and Otsego County.

If you’ve had a bagel and coffee at the Oneonta Bagel Company, received job assistance through Supported Employment, or information through our Community Education Project, you know RSS.

We are proud to have built many longstanding and productive relationships in Oneonta, as well as a proven record of delivering successful programs to address critical community needs. For those reasons, it has been discouraging to read a number of misrepresentations regarding our planned Riverside Apartments project on River Street.

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