Robert O'Brien


Editorial: The Elephant in the Ambulance

The Elephant in the Ambulance Back in mid-October, shortly after General Manager and Senior Editor Darla M. Youngs was hired—and just as staff writer Ted Mebust came on board—our offices received a call from a volunteer EMS worker in northern Otsego County. This person spoke at length with Mebust, laying out concerns about lack of coordination and cooperation between Otsego County’s paid EMS service and its volunteer squads, general discontent among the rank and file, and real worries that these…


Otsego County EMS Reaches Crossroads

Otsego County EMSReaches Crossroads Part II: Recent Reports By TED MEBUSTOTSEGO COUNTY The New York State Emergency Medical Services Council’s “2023 EMS Agenda for Future,” released last month, inspected challenges involved in supplying EMS delivery by creating topic-specific subgroups to study agencies, education, government, support, operations, hospitals and staffing. The Center for Public Safety Management’s recent “EMS Services Delivery Report” did the same by analyzing data from the computer-aided dispatch system at Otsego County’ Emergency 911 center. Among the many…


A look at key local contests

A look at key local contests By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to Oneonta Mayor The months-long race to replace longtime Oneonta mayor Gary Herzig comes to an end next week when voters choose between Common Council members Mark Drnek (D) and Len Carson (R). The League of Women Voters hosted the candidates in a debate last week, during which Carson thanked Drnek for joining him in running a “gentleman’s campaign.” Drnek said he feels he is in “good shape”…


911 Phone Issues Resolved

911 Phone Issues Resolved COOPERSTOWN – The 911 call difficulties experienced by Windstream Telephone customers in the  315 and the 822 exchange have been resolved, according to Otsego County 911 director Robert O’Brien.…


Otsego Emergency Director: 911 Call Difficulties Reported

Otsego Emergency Director Reports 911 Call Difficulties COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County 911 director Robert O’Brien has warned that Windstream Telephone customers in the 315 and the 822 exchange may be unable to dial 911. If emergency assistance is needed and 911 is not available, he advises that you call (607) 547-1697.…


30 Accidents Reported Overnight; No Serious Injuries

Slick Roads Cause 30 Crashes; No Serious Injuries Reported COOPERSTOWN – Snow and slippery roads caused 30 car accidents overnight throughout the county, according to Robert O’Brien, Director of E-911 Communications. Though no serious injuries were reported, O’Brien said that Fire and EMS teams responded to seven of the motor vehicle accidents. Flurries are expected today, but no accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.…


IN MEMORIAM: Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69; Father of Hartwick Town Supervisor

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69; Father of Hartwick Supervisor MILFORD – Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69, a lifelong area resident and father of Hartwick Town Supervisor Robert O’Brien, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night, Sept. 23, 2018. He was born July 28, 1949, in Cooperstown, a son of the late Richard P. (“Dixie”) O’Brien, Sr. and Helen Gorney. He was raised on the family farm on Panther Mountain in Fly Creek Valley by an aunt and uncle, Joseph and…


Fire Destroys Cherry Valley Garage

Fire Destroys Garage In Cherry Valley CHERRY VALLEY – A structure fire destroyed a garage on County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley last night, according to Robert J. O’Brien, county 911 director. The fire at 1697 County Highway 50 broke out around 8:45 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Mutual aid came from Springfield, Middlefield, South Minden and Sharon Springs. …


Otsego County 911 Receives $840K State Grant

Otsego County 911 Center Receives $840K State Grant By PARKER FISH • Special to In a press release sent out this morning, Otsego County Director of 911 Communications Robert O’Brien announced that the county’s 911 dispatch department had secured $842,330 in New York State grant funding. The total sum is divided between two seperate grants: $157,687 under the New York State Public Safety Answering Points Operation Grant Program for upgrades to the call center, and $684,650.00 under the New York State Statewide…


The Rivers Are High, But Otsego Roads Are Clear

Rivers Are High, But Otsego Roads Are Open By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to COOPERSTOWN – Rain, sleet and warmer temperatures may have made the rivers rise, but according to Robert O’Brien, Director of 911 Communications for the county, all roads in Otsego are clear and no flood warnings are in effect. “We have seen an increase in requests for Fire Departments to respond to flooded basement calls,” he said. “But they’re very minor at this point. It is evident…

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