STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com
Christian Shaefer of Richfield Springs, who mounted a surprise write-in campaign to win a county coroner post in the Nov. 6 election, takes the oath of office Tuesday, Jan 1, at Foothills in Oneonta
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and two mayors, Cooperstown’s Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Oneonta’s Gary Herzig, were due to address the Otsego Chamber’s annual State of the State Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Conference Center. Click for details.
►THE OTSEGO LAND TRUST announced the donation of a conservation easement on 133 acres of forests, hills, farmland and wetlands in the Town of Oneonta on Friday, Dec. 28..
►A FIRE DESTROYED the Fred A. Roos Jr. house at 264 Geywits Road, Town of Springfield on Friday, Dec. 28, according to Assistant Chief Dale Schulz of the Springfield Center Fire Department. No injuries were reported, but the fire remains under investigation.
►OUTGOING CONGRESSMAN John Faso wouldn’t rule out running for Congress again in 2020 – but wouldn’t rule it in either, he told WAMC President Alan Chartock.
►310 AIRBNB HOSTS in Otsego County each earned about $5,900 in supplementary income in 2018, the company announced at year’s end.
ONEONTA – This will be the year, Mayor Gary Herzig said, that the City of Oneonta begins to see the results of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants
“In 60 days, we’ll unveil the redesign of our downtown,” he said. “And this redesign is not by City Hall, but by 80 downtown business owners who have submitted proposals for $2.5 million in funding for improvements. This is a downtown made possibly by the energy of our local businesses.”
Herzig, alongside Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, spoke at the annual State of the State breakfast, hosted by the Otsego County Chamber this morning at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.
With Governor Cuomo’s six-stop statewide tour to deliver his State of the State speech complete, his commissioners today fanned out to New York’s smaller cities to give slide shows and answer the questions of local audiences, as RoAnn Destito, state Office of General Services commissioner, did for 50 elected officials, businesspeople and SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski and her team members at Foothills in Oneonta this afternoon. Listening, top photo, are, from left, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, and Common Council members David Rissberger and Melissa Nicosia. In photo at left, Mayor Gary Herzig listens to the presentation, in which the $10 million in state Downtown Revitalization Initiative money to Oneonta was mentioned several times. Behind Herzig are County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Otsego, left, and Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
STATE BREAKFAST – 8-10:30 a.m. Annual State of the State Breakfast. Come meet your elected officials and learn about government initiatives affecting our county. Registration Required. Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta. Info, otsegocc.com
Today at 12:30pm, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver his annual State Of The State & Budget Address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. The speech will be streamed live on the Governor’s website. There you can also find previous addresses as well as more information about the Governor and this particular address. We have included a link to the live stream below.
Hartwick College’s internship director Kirsten Oehl, top photo, thanked state Rep. Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, the congressional candidate, on his support of “experiential learning.” “The gauntlet has been thrown,” she said. She was speaking at this morning’s annual State of the State Breakfast, hosted by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce at The Otesaga. At right, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, speaks on importance of high speed broadband internet for the county and the ramifications for a 71 percent phased-in increase in the minimum wage. He also announced he is arranging for the state Senate Task Force on Opioids Addictions to hold another hearing on the problem in the county this spring. “We need to talk about local initiatives and what we can do to solve this heroin problem.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.COM)