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Oneonta’s Growth May Mean Stricter Laws on Short-Term Rentals

Oneonta’s Growth

May Mean Stricter Laws

On Short-Term Rentals

The Town of Oneonta Board is considering placing restrictions and fines on short-term rentals. Board members, from left, Randy Mowers, Patricia Jacobs, Sara Robinson, Town Clerk, Bob Wood, Town Supervisor, Rob Panasci, Town Attorney, Patricia Riddell Kent and Brett Holleran. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – As summer tourism booms, the Town of Oneonta might see a “mini urban renewal” – just so long as everyone is in compliance.

“We have the issue of bigger homes where there has to be family living in them,”  Joe Camarata, Planning Board Chair, told the Town of Oneonta Board.  “How do you police that?  I think we suggest they come into the code office or if they want to rent out 18 bedrooms that they ask for a zoning variance.”

Town Board: Unanimous No On Compressor Station Grant

It’s Unanimous: Town Board

Rejects Gas Decompressor

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – At the urging of Otsego 2000 and 40 people who showed up at its monthly meeting, the Oneonta Town Board last night unanimously voted to oppose a $3.5 million state grant application for a gas decompression station at Pony Farm.

“No member of the Town Board is in favor of the decompressor gas station,” declared Supervisor Bob Wood at the start of the meeting.

Oneonta Town Board Rejects GO-EDC Study



Andrew Stammel addresses petitioners at tonight's Town Hall Meeting, where no one seconded the motion to vote on GO-DEC's proposed government efficiency study. (Ian Austin/
Town Board member Andrew Stammel addresses petitioners at tonight’s Town Hall meeting, where no one seconded the motion to vote on GO-EDC’s proposed government efficiency study. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – 24 hours after Common Council voted unanimously to pay its $12,500 share of the Local Government Efficiency Grant to study cost-saving measures between the town and the city, the Town Board refused to even bring the resolution, prepared by GO-EDC’s Bill Shue and Al Colone, to a motion for vote.

“We don’t respond to ransoms,” said Town Board member Andrew Stammel.  “These are two activists who don’t live in our town and made a demand. We hear a petition, we have a dialogue, we ask our townspeople and we craft a piece of legislation.”

For almost an hour and a half, town residents debated the proposed study. “Why are we even addressing this?” asked Kate Barns.  “A good portion of us don’t want this study.”

“In 1903, we wanted to merge with the city, but the city wasn’t interested,” said Don Webster.  “What changed? Money.”

“Shared services make me gag,” said Marie Lusins, a member of the Town Planning Board. “We do have shared services. Do we want another $12,500 to tell us this? No.”

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