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Zakrevsky: I Was Told, Don’t Pipe Any Gas To Cooperstown

HE FEARED FOR BASSETT’S FUTURE

Zakrevsky: I Was Told, Don’t

Pipe Any Gas To Cooperstown

By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Otego Now President Jody Zakrevsky addresses a “Town Hall” meeting in Cooperstown’s Village Hall Ballroom Monday, April 8. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – When Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky arrived a year ago, he was told not to bring natural gas to Cooperstown, he said to a Cooperstown audience Monday, April 9, in one of several “Town Hall” meetings he’s convening around the county.

Asked afterward who told him, he said the leadership of Otsego 2000, board President Nicole Dillingham and Executive Director Ellen Pope.  “They advised me there would be strong opposition,” said Zakrevsky.  “At the time, I took their advice.”

Dillingham disagreed, “We had a cordial meeting to discuss our work, and his work.  We never told him what he could do.  That’s absurd.”

Otsego Now is the county’s Industrial Development Agency; Otsego 2000 is the Cooperstown-based environmental group.

There are two options to serving Cooperstown with natural gas, Zakrevsky said in an interview the morning after the “Town Hall” – running a line from Oneonta’s NYSEG system; or the preferred option, running a line down Route 28 from Richfield Springs’ Tennessee line, which has a greater gas supply.

Challenges Aplenty Aired At Otsego Now ‘Town Hall’

Challenges Aplenty Aired

At Otsego Now ‘Town Hall’

Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, at the rear, suggests to her Otsego Now counterpart, Jody Zakrevsky, at right, that part of the answer to the county’s economic-development challenges is quality-of-life improvements to bring more people here. Zakrevsky was at Cooperstown Village Hall this evening hosting the third ‘Town Hall’ to share his organization’s mission and plans with the public. Jobs, housing and energy were among the other issues discussed. Others attending, from left, included Village Trustee James Dean, the Lions Club’s Jim Donley, Otsego Now Board members Dave Rowley and Andrew Marietta, who is also county rep from Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, Village Trustee Cindy Falk, and Cassandra Harrington, director of Destination Marketing of Otsego County.  Zakrevsky’s next appearance in this cycle will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Richfield Springs Community Food Coop, 140 Main St., in a session co-sponsored by the Richfield and Otsego chambers.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otsego Now CEO Zakrevsky Plans Cooperstown ‘Town Hall’ Tonight

Otsego Now CEO Zakrevsky Plans

Cooperstown ‘Town Hall’ Tonight

COOPERSTOWN – The next in Otsego Now’s series of public ‘Town Hall’ meetings is planned 5-6:30 p.m. this evening in Cooperstown Village  Hall, 22 Main St.

Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky will provide an overview of what the IDA does for Otsego County, discuss 2018 accomplishments, and outline what’s planned in 2019.

Ideas, Including Dome, Emerge At 1st ‘Town Hall’
AT 5 TODAY, ZAKREVSKY IN WEST ONEONTA

Ideas, Including Dome,

Emerge At 1st ‘Town Hall’

Will May, left, a Hartwick freshman from Pittsburgh, suggests the Oneonta area be a proving ground for the Green New Deal at Jody Zakrevsky’s first “Town Hall.”  In the foreground is Oneonta’s Steve Londner, an attendee. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Freshman Deme Fish suggested a covered dome, like one near her hometown of Lake George. Behind her is Mike Stalter, the former Oneonta town board member.

ONEONTA – At his first “Town Hall,” Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky last evening asked a Shineman Chapel full of Hartwick College student for ideas, including what might keep them here after graduation, and they told him:

How about turning the Oneonta area into a beacon for renewable energy, asked Will May, a freshman from Pittsburgh. Referring to the Green New Deal, he said, “We should be proving it is possible.”

Fortin Park Becomes A Tobacco-Free Zone

Fortin Park Becomes

A Tobacco-Free Zone

Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Town Clerk Cheryl Shackelton, left, stand with Deyanira Cisneros and Bonnie Peck, right, from SUNY Cobleskill’s Research Foundation, who presented them with several signs this morning at Town Hall. The news signs will soon be hung in Fortin Park in Emmons, proclaiming the area a tobacco-free zone.  That means no cigarettes, vaping and or chewing. The signs are part of the Advancing Tobacco Free Communities program , funded by a grant from the  state Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control. “Ten years ago I owned a grocery store that sold cigarettes,” said Wood. “If I was to own a grocery store today, I would not sell tobacco at all. (The town) is glad to get ahead of the advancing tobacco technology to protect our youth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

‘Renaissance Men’

Vocal Ensemble Performance

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CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Boston’s premier vocal chamber ensemble “Renaissance Men” perform vocal music from all periods, by many composers. Tickets, $25 general admission. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St.,Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit oneontaconcertassociation.org

SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. Dance with friends at Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Clubs Fall All Plus Dance. Features Keith Harter as Plus caller, Jeanne Harter as Cuer. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. 607-264-8128.

Otsego Now Grant Application Angers Oneonta

Large Crowd Turns Out

At Natural Gas Hearing

Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky explains his office’s $3 million grant application for a natural gas decompression site in the Oneonta Commerce Park (formerly Pony Farm).  At right is Town Board member Brett Holleran.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

WEST ONEONTA – According to Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky, Oneonta is running out of gas.

“There is no more gas,” said Zakrevsky, summarizing the gravity of the situation.

Oneonta has struggled with its gas supplies for several years, but now the situation is dire. Zakrevsky’s proposed solution: a compressed natural gas decompression station in the Oneonta Commerce Park, the renamed Pony Farm.

Otsego Now submitted a state Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) July 27, hoping to help finance the estimated $17 million project.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

Tour Oneonta’s Downtown

Revitalization Then & Now

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WALKING TOUR – 7 – 8 p.m. Bob Brzozowski & Gary Wickham lead walking tour, “Downtown Revitalization Then & Now” through Main & Market Streets. Learn urban renewal plans of 1970s to today’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Admission by Donation. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

TOWN HALL – 7 p.m. Meeting features Antonio Delgado (Running for Congress), Joyce St. George (Running for State Senate), & Chad McEvoy (Running for State Assembly). Sponsored by Sustainable Otsego. Free, open to the public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Fun Day With The Dogs

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DOGGY & ME – 6 – 7 p.m. Run an obstacle course with your best bud, make a homemade doggy toy, or meet the adoptable pooches from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Donation or wishlist item required for admission. The green, Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Presentation on “The Barber of Seville” by Joseph Colaneri, Glimmerglass Festival Music Director and conductor of this production. Auditorium, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

Ruggles Essay Contest

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ESSAY CONTEST – 9:15 a.m. Ruggles essay competition. Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

TOWN HALL – 6 – 8 p.m. Gubernatorial candidate, Larry Sharpe, presents. Hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty. The Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-287-9022 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1952949

 

Candidates For Town Council Debate At Town Hall

Oneonta Town Candidates Debate 

Oneonta Town Board candidates, from left, Republican Dan Baker, Democrats Patricia Jacob and  James McCue and Republican Randy Mowers answer questions about the town-city fire contract, economic development and environment, how the town will operate under the tax cap, and what they thing about XNG trucks going through the town. The four were proceeded by, at right, county Rep.  Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, and his Republican challenger, Breck Tarbell, right, who read position statements to a crowd at the town hall in West Oneonta. The event was hosted by the league of Women Voters. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 12

Jazz Night At CANO

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MUSIC AT THE MANSION – 6:30-8 p.m. Free event features open mic for solo and small ensemble musicians followed by an intermission and then a featured performance by The John Davey Trio and Lisa St.Onge. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. www.canoneonta.org/calendar/

HISTORY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Presentation “Otsego County — The Lincoln Connection” by Deb Mackenzie. Kinney Memorial Library, Co. Hwy. 11, Hartwick. www.facebook.com/OtsegoIsHistory/ or call Deb Mackenzie @ (607)293-6635 or Harriett Geywits @ (315)858-2575

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 24

Washington’s Leaving Office

Discussed At Lecture Today

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HISTORY – 2 p.m. Learn the story of the presidential election of 1800 and how it changed the United States.  Village Trustee Richard Sternberg lectures on the topic at Woodside hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, call (607)547-0600

CYBERMOBILE – 9:30-9:50 a.m. The Four County Library System brings the mobile, computerized library system. Town Hall Assembly room, 3966 St. Hwy. 23 West Oneonta. Info, 4cls.org/cyberinfo.html

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