Archives for May 2019

Herzig Declares May ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

The Alliance for Aviation Across America commended Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig or proclaiming May “General Aviation Appreciation Month. In a statement the Alliance said Herzig’s proclamation helps highlight the economic benefits and valuable service that general aviation provides to the City of Oneonta and the State of New York adding they sincerely thank the Mayor and the City of Oneonta for recognizing this vital industry. In New York, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output.

Source: Press release

80 New Trees Planted In Oneonta

80 small trees and shrubs were planted Wednedsay along the S-curve near Oneonta High School as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tributaries” initiative. All Otsego reports a small group worked digging holes and planting trees and shrubs that included Sycamore, Birch, Elderberry, and Dogwood.
Founded in 2007, the goal of the program is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality.


80 New Trees Planted Near Oneonta High School

Bombers Burrito Bar slated to open this month in Oneonta

The time is coming soon for Oneontans to take in the cuisine at Bombers Burrito Bar. It’s located at 219 Main Street. The Oneonta outlet is the first location outside of the Capital area and besides burritos offers wings and quesadellas along with a number of vegan options. The restaurant’s sign was put up in February but there’s been no official word on their website about when it will be opening.

Convicted Murderer Files To Set Aside Verdict

The sentencing for a Mount Upton man found guilty of killing his special needs adoptive son is delayed as the man’s attorneys file a motion to set aside the verdict. Prosecutors say Ernest Franklin II and his wife Heather committed the March 2017 crime after watching the movie “Manchester By The Sea” where one of the characters is told he cannot be prosecuted for killing his children after an accidental house fire. The District Attorney is being given until May 24 to file a response.


Pigs Seized From Pittsfield Farm

Two pigs are dead and two others were rescued from a Pittsfield home. According to the Susquehanna SPCA they were called Monday to meet police at the County Highway 18 barn. The animals appeared to have no food or water. The surviving pigs are at the Cooperstown shelter and are said to be around five months old. Earlier this month the Otsego County Animal Abuse Task Force was formed to streamline the process of how animal abuse cases are processed.


NY Unemployment Holds Steady

New York’s unemployment rate for April was unchanged from March at 3.9 percent. The state Labor Department reports close to 25,000 private sector jobs were added last month which brings the total to the highest since records began being kept nearly five decades ago. Health care and private education were the two areas with the most job growth. The national unemployment rate is 3.6 percent.


Bill To Aid Schenevus Schools Passes State Senate

State Senator James Seward announced senate approval of legislation to aid the Schenevus Central District by authorizing advanced state aid payments and establish a long-term plan to stabilize the school district’s finances. The district is currently operating with a $700,000 budget deficit and state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently designated Schenevus as one of five school districts in the state facing significant financial distress. The legislation must still be approved by the state assembly and signed by the governor to take effect.

Source: Press release

New Berlin Family Of Four Loses Home In Fire

A New Berlin man and his three children are looking for a new place to live after a fire destroyed their home. Authorities say the County Highway 13 home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and thanks to working smoke detectors all four people evacuated safely. Two other companies assisted New Berlin firefighters and the fire was out about five hours after the first call came in. An official cause hasn’t been determined but the fire is believed to have started in a pellet stove.


Cooperstown Food Pantry Co-Director Case Adjourned

The former Cooperstown Food Pantry director charged with the theft of over $18,000 from the organization has had his appearance in Otsego Town Court postponed. Prosecutors say Antoine Bourbon-Parme forged eight checks beginning in October of 2017 through January of this year. He was jailed on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. There’s been no word on why his court date was adjourned. It was rescheduled for June 19.


Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District Add New Safety Measures

The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District hosted a forum on Tuesday to unveil a number of recently implemented safety measures. One of those is the addition of a School Resource Officer and a system that will scan the licenses of parents, notifying school staff or law enforcement of any potential threats. State Police gave a presentation during the forum on vaping along with ways to keep kids safe from dangers while they’re online.