Letter from Joseph T. Muehl
Earlier this week I sent a letter to The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta indicating that State Senator Peter Oberacker and Maryland Town Supervisor Ron Wheeler were building a Winery, Event and Wedding Venue on the property across from Sparrowhawk Lake in Schenevus. Since then, through further contact with the County Code Enforcement Office, I found that I was mistaken in that the property in question is owned by Mr. Wheeler NOT by Senator Oberacker.
With this letter, I am publicly apologizing to Senator Oberacker and to The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta for this mistake. It was and is not my intention to give any inaccurate information. I tried to retract the letter when I discovered my mistake but it was too late since it was already being published.
The other information, to the best of my knowledge, in the letter published August 4, 2022 is accurate.
Joseph T. Muehl
Read the first letter here: MUEHL: Oberacker/Wheeler Winery Legal?
Letter from Joseph T. Muehl
On July 16, 2022, I was informed by persons receiving certified letters from Christine Alvarado and Ron Wheeler that Peter Oberacker (NYS Senator) and his partner Ron Wheeler (Town of Maryland Town Supervisor) were building a Winery, Event and Wedding Venue on their property across from Sparrowhawk Lake in Schenevus. Their property is within 500 feet of lake property. The certified letter was issued on July 13 despite the fact that building renovation and construction, installing a septic system and parking lot, has been going on for months.
I contacted Keith Darragh, Otsego County Code Enforcement Officer. He informed me that NO building permit applications had been submitted by Oberacker/Wheeler for the alteration of their property. He said that the only application was for a permit for a Commercial Change of Occupancy for the property stated.
County Rep Succeeds Senator Seward
Peter Oberacker is sworn in at 1 p.m. today in the Schenevus Fire Hall as state senator for the 51st District, which includes Otsego and nine other Central New York Counties. His wife Shannon holds the Bible. About 20 friends and well-wishers attended, the number limited by COVID precautions. A reception followed at FormTech Solutions, Oberacker’s business on Route 7 east of the hamlet. Inset, Oberacker’s FormTech partner and campaign manager, Ron Wheeler, is sworn in as Maryland town supervisor. His wife Christine holds the Bible. Town Justice Joseph Staruck, a fellow local judge for 28 years with Oberacker’s late mother, Carol, administered both oaths. Oberacker, who was a three-term county representatives for the Schenevus area (Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur), succeeds state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who represented the county in Albany for 34 years. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)