Archives for February 2019

Susquehanna SPCA Continues Pawsitive Pawsibilites Program

The Susquehanna SPCA Continuies its ‘Pawsitive Pawsibilities’ program in partnership with the Oneonta Family YMCA as part of our Offsite Outreach Program You can visit us every Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 in the front lobby of the YMCA and meet some adoptable animals. Come get a little love from some furry friends-or maybe even bring home a new family member. Check their Facebook page each Friday to find out who will be going each week.


NY Farm Bureau Releases National Priorities

On Wednesday the New York Farm Bureau outlined its federal public policy agenda highlighting the continued push for immigration reform and the need to expand market opportunities to improve the agricultural economy. The bureau is also following the further implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and new Worker Protection Standards. Bureau members will head to Washington, D.C. next month to meet with members of New York’s Congressional delegation.


CANO Members Exhibit Opens Friday

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta 6th Annual Members’ Exhibition kicks off on Friday. 30 CANO Members featured in this exhibit with artwork including a wide variety of media and styles, as unique as each of their creative members. The opening reception is Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Wilber Manson gallery with music by Wendy Slicer and a People’s Choice vote will take place. The exhibit is open through March 17.


DIF Grant Winners To Be Announced On Tuesday

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig will announce the Downtown Improvement Fund grant winners on Tuesday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. All Otsego reports the announcement will be part of Herzig’s State of the City Address that will take place at 7:00 p.m. Over 100 applications were submitted for the $2.3 million allocated from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant Oneonta won in 2017. Selected applications were submitted to the state for approval.

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the weather the City of Oneonta Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday night is rescheduled for tonight at 6:00pm in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 258 Main St. The Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights meeting has been moved to the Upstairs Conference Room. City officials also announced that parking regulations are lifted in the municipal garages and lots.

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Fire Destroys Springfield Barn

A barn in the town of Springfield is destroyed by fire. The shell of the County Highway structure was all that remained after the Tuesday night blaze. Firefighters found the barn was fully engulfed as they arrived so reinforcement were called in with three other fire companies aiding in the effort. Crews stayed on the scene for awhile putting out hot spots. No one was hurt and the fire’s cause is under investigation.


Susquehanna SPCA Bringing Back Dogs From Lebanon

The Susquehanna SPCA will soon add 13 dogs to its shelter population – but these canines will be taking a long trip to get here. All Otsego reports Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director, and Sara Haddad, licensed veterinary technician will fly to Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday on a sponsored good will mission to bring back the dogs who otherwise would have no chance to live. Those wanting to adopt the dogs can call 607-547-8111.


Trial Begins For Ernest Franklin

Opening arguments are presented in the trial of a Mount Upton man accused of killing his special needs adoptive son, then setting fire to his home. 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. Heather Franklin will be tried after her husband’s trial is completed.


NY Expands CLT Funding

New York is adding $8 million to the Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative. Municipalities and counties will be able to apply for funding to create or expand local Community Land Trusts which are nonprofit organizations dedicated to stewarding permanently affordable housing and community assets. Up to eight municipalities and counties will be selected to support CLTs in their region. Funding comes from the State Attorney General’s Office settlements with the Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS to address the banks’ misconduct that contributed to the housing crisis.


Cuomo Drops Stretch Limo Ban

Governor Andrew Cuomo drops plans to ban all modified stretch limousines which he proposed after the October crash in Schoharie killed 20 people. According to the Times Union the governor still plans to seek additional regulations of the modified vehicle and prohibit ones that don’t meet federal standards from being on the road. Prosecutors say the limo that crashed last year shouldn’t have been on the road.
Naumann Hussein who ran the limo company pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide.