The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Otsego County has a new member in former Senator Jim Milford. According to AllOtsego.com. Milford has called his appointment a natural extension of his previous service to the people of Otsego County and the region. He also said his service on the committee is personal, having raised his family in Otsego County.
SUNY Oneonta has been named one of the top 50 “Most Affordable Colleges ” in the United States by Intelligent.com. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 169 schools were scored on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 50 making it to the final list. Intelligent’s website offers curated guides that include the best degree programs as well as information about financial aid, internships and even study strategies. C N Y News .com for more information.
(SUNY press release) www.intelligent.com/.
The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) at SUNY Cobleskill is now accepting registrations for “Business Planning for a New Era,” a free five-week online business planning workshop series beginning March 10, 2021. Recognizing the distinct challenges for entrepreneurs today, the program is designed to encourage participants to understand, articulate and incorporate the values of sustainability, collaboration, inclusion, transparency and innovation in all aspects of their business planning. For more information, go to CNYnews.com
New Yorkers will soon be able to visit residents in Nursing homes again. The State Department of Health recommends that visitors take a rapid test before visiting a facility, and the Health Department will provide rapid tests to nursing homes to facilitate their ability to test visitors on-site and at no cost. Beginning on February 26th, visitation will depend on the nursing home facility being free of COVID-19 cases for 14 days and the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has announced along with the State University of New York Athletic Conference that intercollegiate athletic competition within SUNY will resume March 20, meaning that SUNY Oneonta’s spring student athletes will once again be able to compete against other schools. The approval is based upon a detailed collaborative plan developed by more than 50 athletic administrators, coaches and sports information directors and meets guidance provided by SUNY, the NCAA, and state and local departments of health. Approval hinges upon the continued reduction of COVID 19 infection rates on member campuses.
(suny press release)
Governor Cuomo is beginning to open up areas of the state closed down in 2020 due to COVID 19. This includes amusement parks, overnight camps and recreational facilities. This includes Cooperstown Dreams Park, which will be submitting plans to the state Department of Health to allow it to field a 2021 youth-baseball season at its Hartwick Seminary campus this summer. According to AllOtsego.com, the reopening plan asks the DOH to take “into consideration camp testing and reduced capacity,” according to the statement from Attorney Garo Gozigian, the company’s local lawyer. Dreams Park said it is awaiting “clarification and direction from DOH and Governor Cuomo.
Modified inmate visitation at Chenango County correctional facility will begin on Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to call and make an appointment. Visits can be scheduled Monday through Friday during normal lobby hours. Visitation will be on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. Two (2) Visitors allowed per inmate. Visitation will be 30 minutes in duration and will be non-contactIn accordance with CDC and local health department recommendations, all visitors and inmates will be required to wear a face mask at all times while in the facility and during the entire visit and must submit to pre entry screening. All other visitation rules and regulations will still apply. More information at C N Y News.com .
Review these by visiting: chenangosheriff.us/home.html. Call to schedule an appointment 607-337-1967
(chenango sheriffs dept. FB)
The Otsego County’s Law Enforcement Task Force is planning a forum Wednesday, March 3, at the county board’s monthly meeting, to unveil its review of the county Sheriff’s Department procedures and policies, as required by Governor Cuomo’s order of last June 12. The public will be able to view the presentation via the county’s Facebook page, and comment via email or mail through the following week.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig has said that he will not seek re-election in the next election in November. In a statement yesterday he expressed confidence that the community is on track to build a brighter and more vibrant future for Oneonta. and that he will spend the coming ten months working harder than ever to ensure that Oneonta is well positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities which will certainly present themselves in the post-COVID world.Herzig has been mayor of Oneonta since 2015, prior to that he served as the vice chair of the Oneonta Planning Commission and the chair of the Oneonta Board of Assessment and Review
(Oneonta City Clerk’s Press release)
The COVID testing center at SUNY Oneonta yesterday administered its 10,000th pool test for COVID since opening mid January in preparation for the spring semester. Pool testing results show the overall positivity rate has fallen from .74 percent in late January to .19 percent Feb. 19. Repeated testing enables college officials to detect possible spikes in COVID infections and respond in real-time to protect the campus community.