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Oneonta, N.Y., Friday, May 17, 2013

Volume 5, No. 34

City of The Hills




As an Eagle Scout project, Oneonta’s Andrew Kendall has been installing a handicap ramp at St. James Food Pantry. Here, he digs a post hole as pals Chris Cerosaletti, Dillon Davidson and Hunter Guywits look on.

James Koury Plans To Leave City Clerk Post


ity Clerk Jim Koury, a key player in City Hall for 20 years for four mayoral administrations, announced he will be resigning his post, effective in mid-July. A gay man, he cited the day when he was first able to host gay marriages in City Hall as his most memorable, and said he hopes to pursue “evolving advocacy and activist interests.” Text of Koury’s resignation statement, SEE A4 STATION GONE: After an 18-month wind down, SUNY Oneonta surrendered its license for WUOW, the city’s public radio station, on Thursday, May 9. GREEN THUMBS: A few plots are left in the city’s 2013 Community Gardens program. Applications are available at www.oneonta. or at the rec office in Neahwa Park, and must be submitted with a $25 money order. ($50 for non-residents.) WEDDING DAYS: A fashion show of vintage wedding gowns is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the B Side Ballroom, to benefit the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. $10 for GOHS members, $12.50 for nonmembers.


Breaking ground on the $3 million William V. Campbell Fitness Center Friday, May 10, are, from left, Geoff Smith, Dewar Foundation trustee; Hartwick Trustee Carol Ann Hamilton Coughlin, ‘86, “It’s Personal” campaign chair; Diane Hettinger, ‘77, acting chair, Hartwick Board of Trustees; college President Margaret Drugovich; Brian Cook, ‘16, student; Megan Fallon, Dewar Union director, and Hartwick Trustees A. Bruce Anderson, ‘73, and Debra Fischer French, ‘80.

Drugovich: $19.2M Already Raised For Student Aid, More By JIM KEVLIN


f there was any doubts that Hartwick College has steered far clear of the financial shoals of a decade ago, President Margaret Drugovich put them to rest. Friday, May 10, against the backdrop of one of the City of the Hills’ finest views, she announced

the college will be seeking $32 million in “It’s Personal: The Campaign for Hartwick Students” – and that $19.2 million has been raised already. “Buildings do not make a campus,” Drugovich told alumni, INSIDE: Two days of celebration kicked off “It’s Personal”/B1

Democrats Back Butterman; Plan Kathy Clark Challenge By JIM KEVLIN GILBERTSVILLE


ith the County Democratic Committee preparing to introduce its slate here Thursday, May 16, county Chair Richard Abbate revealed two more candidates for the county Board of

Representatives this November: • Dan Butterman, who works for New York Central Mutual and has been “very involved” in Town of Oneonta politics, to run for the District 4 seat being vacated by 12-year Please See ABBATE, A7

faculty and students gathered under the tent at “A Blue Bash!” luncheon, part of two days of activities surrounding the announcement. “People make a campus community – you make a campus community.” Announcing her own family’s commitment of $100,000, she declared, “When we support Hartwick, other people will support Hartwick.” All the top administra-

tors have already donated to the campaign, she said. The fundraising effort is the largest in Otsego County history. In 1997, Bassett Hospital raised $15 million for general purposes, followed by a $12 million drive for the cardiac center. In effect, Hartwick is aiming to break its own record: A $20 Please See HARTWICK, A6

4 Hotels, Foothills Collaborate To Bring Conventions To City County Tourism Director Plans Foray To Albany At Month’s End By JIM KEVLIN


he city’s four anchor hotels – The Clarion, the Holiday Inn/Southside, Hampton Inn and the new Courtyard by Marriott – are partnering with Foothills Performing Art Center in a “Greater Oneonta

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Meeting & Conference Coalition.” The goal of the collaboration is to bring convention-goers to town not just for their own benefit, but to aid restaurants and entertainment venues, and the local economy generally. “Look where Oneonta is situated – halfway between Albany and Binghamton and an easy drive from Please See HOTELS, A6




FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

REELECTED: Laura Madelone of Otego, SUNY Oneonta’s was reelected to the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways board of directors, elected at the annual meeting Saturday, May 4.

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front of him. He was one of six local motorcyclists who died that year. “Over the years, the Oneonta Plant has suffered the loss of one employee, and has had several employees involved in serious motorcycle accidents,” said Rowland. “We clearly understand the danger inherent in motorcycling.” When you pass the plant, you will notice a 2- by 8foot banner reading “Check

Twice – Save a Life. Motorcycles are Everywhere!” visible from I-88. Karen is also providing Corning employees with 2- by 3-foot “Check Twice” lawn signs, “Do Not Remove Helmet” safety stickers, emergency contact information cards for riders, and an invitation to all employees to join the American Legion Riders, Post 259, of Oneonta, for the fifth annual “Jason’s Run” rally June 8.

Volunteers Drago, Hogan, Rayher Honored For 20 Years Of Service


arcella Drago, Nancy Hogan and Gladys Rayher were honored for 20 years of service at the annual Fox Hospital Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, “We’re Over The Moon For Our Volunteers,” Wednesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn/Southside. Volunteers were recognized for 22,500 hours of service in 2012, at the

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Keep Otsego County Beacon, Hartwick College, Shining Bright


he truth is, across the board in the past quarter-century, American leadership has shrugged off its responsibility to the less fortunate among us. Colleges and universities have not been exempt from that, dramatized in the past few days by reports that Graham Spanier, disgraced Penn State president, left Happy Valley with $2.9 million in his pocket, including his half-million salary, plus $1.2 million in severance and $1.2 million in deferred compensation. Something’s awry. This world view favored bricks and mortar – buildings with high-rolling donors’ names on them – over the care and tending of students. Today, it’s generally anticipated college debt will be the next bubble to burst, undergrads are going forth so heavily burdened. • Happily, both of Otsego County’s institutions of higher learning – SUNY Oneonta and, now, Hartwick College – have declared they are breaking with the recent past, and dramatically so. SUNY Oneonta’s “Possibilities Full of Promise” drive, announced in April, seeks to raise $12.5 million (echoing the college’s 125th anniversary), including a chunk for scholarships; it will raise the school’s endowment to $40 million, possibly the largest among SUNY’s 62 facilities. And Friday, May 10, Hartwick College announced “It’s Personal,” which seeks to raise a stunning $32 million – a countywide record – and designates $14 million of that for scholarships, plus grants for Jan Term study abroad. In both cases, the fund drives are guided by strategic plans – both identified the need to be tightly student-focused – set in motion by presidents Nancy Kleniewski and Margaret Drugovich, who arrived at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick respectively within


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Hartwick College alumni inducted onto the Wall of Distinction Saturday, May 11, are, from left: Robert Rowe, an actor and managing director, Smith Barney Shearson; John Doelp, senior vice president, Columbia/Sony; George Bruno, former U.S. ambassador to Belize; David Long, president/CEO, Liberty Mutual Group; college President Margaret Drugovich, who emceed; Cyrus Mehri, founder, Mehri & Skalet, class-action law firm; Keith Granet, founder, Granet & Associates, which provides management services to design industry; Edward Droesch, vice president, Goldman Sachs; Marcia Davis, representing her father, the late Gordon B. Roberts, insurance agent long-active in the college, and retired Hartwick coach Nick Lambros, representing his daughter JC, a Rockette and dancer on Broadway.

a few months of each other in 2008. You can’t speak with either of these leaders without being convinced of their deep interest in the welfare of their students. But these campaigns are sensible strategy as well. When the bubble does burst, colleges more than ever will have to compete, not just on quality, but on affordability, and these efforts help ensure these two institutions – everyone in Otsego County depends on both – thrive in good times and less-good times. And so, bravo to both. • While SUNY Oneonta – due to size alone; it has 6,000 students to Hartwick’s 1,500 – gets most of the attention, its smaller sister is evolving in intriguing ways.

Drugovich often points out with pride how her school ranks 21st in the percentage of students who get to study aboard during their four undergraduate years. It’s a verity that travel expands the mind, and anecdotes on how that’s changed lives abounded during the two-day celebration, Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, that launch the ambitious “It’s Personal” undertaking. To repeat just one: Francis Landrey, a high-powered New York City lawyer, sent his young son Owen to Hartwick after his older son and daughter had experienced Bowdoin and Swarthmore, and was inspired by how Jan Terms in South Africa, the Czech Republic and Ireland broadened the lad’s world view – to the point the father joined the Hartwick trustees and will play an active role in

renovations to the Anderson Art Center. Success breeds success. That “It’s Personal” will provide $3,500 stipends to students who couldn’t otherwise afford study abroad will create more successful alumni who, in turn, will be able to better help their alma mater ever-better serve generations that follow. • If anything, Drugovich’s strategic-planning process only strengthened Hartwick’s dedication to the liberal arts, exemplified by Tom Travisano, the nation’s foremost expert on the poet Elizabeth Bishop, winning the college’s first Guggenheim Fellowship. (Some people will argue the entity Travisano chairs is a contender for the best English Department among its peers nationally.)

Also under-recognized is Pine Lake Camp on Charlotte Creek in West Davenport, which allows environmentally focused students to live in the relative wild, amid varied and dynamic nature. This is a strategic advantage if anything is. There’s much more, much of it exemplified in the Student Showcases that were scheduled on either side of the “Blue Bash!” luncheon where Drugovich announced the drive’s particulars. (Particularly notable: Undergrad Sabrina Jones has been working with psychology prof KinHo Chan on research that’s linking aggression and polyunsaturated fats. But there’s much more.) • Hartwick College – part of Otsego County’s fabric since 1797 and its founding as Hartwick Seminary – is now in Oneonta, but it serves the world. Thus it can anticipate that alumni and friends across the country and globe will help it reach its $32 million goal. But, Alumni Association President Neal Miller pointed out, there are 800 alumni within driving distance of his annual Christmas party. There are 187 faculty members, and many more employees whose paychecks contribute to the general prosperity. All of them should certainly contribute to “It’s Personal” – President Drugovich made that explicit in her “Blue Bash!” remarks – but all within Hartwick College’s sphere – that’s all of us – should do what we might to ensure the beacon on Oyaron, Hill of Dreams, continues to shine brightly.


Blodgett Project Requires Safety Engineer Editor’s Note: This is a letter to the Oneonta Planning Commission, which is considering the 325-student Hilltop Commons development on Blodgett Drive. Dear Committee Members: I believe by what I have heard that the Blodgett complex will proceed. I decided to visit the area to see for myself the current situation. The area is nice and diverse. Young people frequently walk up and down the drive to get to different college fields. I am a retired professional engineer. I worked for 40 years for New York City Board of Education’s Bureau of (school) Design and Bureau of Maintenance. During that period I solved many unusual problems in

engineering and architectural areas. I was chief of maintenance’s Engineering Section (with a staff of about 100) for six years. The complex will have a substantial detrimental effect on the Blodgett Drive community. The drive rises from Bugbee Road approximately one-half mile to a dirt road at the top in a series of upward slopes which vary from mild to almost severe. The sides of the drive have grass covered dirt water runways. They would be unsafe should a driver skid off the drive. I spoke to some people in the area and was told that they use four-wheeldrive vehicles in order to avoid skidding on icy roads. But they sometimes skid anyway.


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Residents drive, on average, less than half the length of the drive. With the addition of potentially 250 cars and other vehicles (trucks and buses) going up and down the ENTlRE drive to the complex, the odds of having bad accidents will be greatly increased. The Greater Plains school bus picks up children at the parking area opposite Carson Road, which is right below a steep portion of the drive. I think this is an unsafe location, which will be made much worse when college students are driving on the road. Speed reduction methods should be used and limits posted. I recommend that every Planning Commission and Common Council member drive up and down Blodgett Drive and try to imagine what it would be like if the road was icy and there were college students behind you trying to get to class or to some scheduled event. To reduce Oneonta’s liability in the event of a major accident I, therefore, recommend that you direct Newman Development to engage a qualified trafficsafety engineer to resolve these and any other traffic problems he may find. I’m sorry that I don’t have the knowledge and facilities to make a complete study of the intricacies of the drive’s use. ZACHARY WEINBERG Oneonta


Act Now, Or Always Wonder: What If? Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from 20-year City Clerk Jim Koury’s resignation statement. He plans to leave office in mid-July.


have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with the city. It really has been a pleasure and an honor to serve with so many dedicated people through the years in city government. I have also had the distinct pleasure to meet and work with countless dedicated clerks around New York State and the country. My years with the city will always be cherished and remembered as a fond period of my life. I have had many fond memories during my tenure, but I must say the most memorable was when samesex marriage was legalized in New York State. Being a gay man and the city clerk at the time, it was a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to arrange for City Hall to be open and to have same-sex couples get married on that day, followed by a marriage equality party at the Oneonta Theatre. It was very gratifying to me, and very emotional, to be able to witness such a historic event in my official capacity as well as an advocate. My one regret is that I didn’t have the opportunity to follow through yet on the marriage-


Veteran City Clerk Jim Koury announced his resignation.

officer legislation, so I could actually have conducted some marriage ceremonies as well. Change is never easy, but sometimes we must muster the courage within and do that which our internal inspiration compels us to do. I see this as a bold, life-changing decision that will open many new opportunities for me. And yet to some, it may seem a crazy, suicidal action. However, as is the case with water, if it does not circulate and move and get refreshed it stagnates and begins to stifle life and cre-

ativity. Unfortunately, I have begun to stagnate and feel I must pursue a more creative venue or venues in which to function. I am pursuing some endeavors that are independent based and will allow me to utilize my skills in a more conducive fashion that will serve my evolving advocacy and activist interests much better. Life is a book and chapters must end and, alas, it is time to close this chapter and move to the next. I look forward to the chapters yet to be written and the many wonders of life that await. As I told the mayor, city manager and the personnel director upon giving my notice, I do not want to be 20 years out at age 73 wondering what could have been if I hadn’t made this decision this week. My gut compels me to move on and choose a new path. I look forward to my remaining time in my capacity as city clerk and will freely train and assist whomever the city manager, mayor and Common Council select to replace me. The city is in great stead and I have every confidence that the workings of the City Clerk’s Office will continue relatively unfettered and will experience a seamless transition to a new person’s oversight.


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Compiled by Tom Heitz with resources courtesy of the New York State Historical Association Library

125 Years Ago

Just below the Plains Crossing, near this village, early in the week, the body of a black cat was found upon the track, cut in twain by the cars. “I wouldn’t be in the engineer’s place what run over that cat for all the money the company’s got,” said a railroad employee. “It doesn’t often happen that a cat gets caught, but to run over a black cat means death every time.” Whether he referred to death to the cat or the engineer we did not learn. Subsequent inquiry revealed that it is no uncommon thing for the bodies of small animals, such as cats, dogs, muskrats, woodchucks, and the like, to be found mangled upon the railroad track. Black cats, however, are rarely run over. May 1888

50 Years Ago

30 Years Ago

State Senator Lloyd “Steve” Riford and Assemblyman John McCann have introduced legislation that would give Oneonta ownership free of charge of Big Island, an 86-acre parcel of land in the Susquehanna River area. The city has been trying to obtain the land, which was taken over by the state when Interstate 88 was constructed, for use as a nature preserve. The wildlife preserve would be dedicated to the memory of Dr. John G. New, a local environmentalist who was instrumental in the creation of the city’s Environmental Board. The state had originally asked $35,000 for the land, and the current asking price is $17,000. May 1983

100 Years Ago

Earl V. Fritts, well known as the successful Oneonta aviator has been conducting a school in aviation here and has made many successful flights. Having returned from taking a course of instruction at the Glenn H. Curtis company school, Mr. Fritts has been operating at the Plains and now is located on the Tyler farm near the Glenn Bridge. He has been engaged by the management of the Oneonta Fair to give daily exhibitions on the last three days of the Fair in September next. The plucky aviator has driven every vehicle in which the gasoline motor is used and participated in many races, both of motorcycles and motor cars. His machine is one of the latest of the Curtis machines. During his stay at the Glenn Curtis School Mr. Fritts was considered very apt and the instructors there are anticipating a successful future for him as a birdman. May 1913

80 Years Ago

The L.F. Loree, Engine No. 1403, the newest creation of the D. & H., and one of the world’s most powerful locomotives, passed through this city Monday on its way to the World’s Fair at Chicago, where it will be exhibited during the summer. C.E. Godard of this city is engineer-in-charge and will remain with the locomotive during its stay in the Windy City. Louis Walter of Oneonta is fireman and M.J. Closkey of Albany is flagman. The two latter crewmen will return following the arrival of the locomotive in Chicago. The locomotive left Colonie at 6 o’clock yesterday morning, passed through here shortly after 11 o’clock, and spent the night at Carbondale. It will leave this morning for Chicago via Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, Pa. A replica of the Stourbridge Lion, the first steam locomotive in this country, which was operated by the D & H Canal Company between

Voters. That organization has been the main advocate for reapportionment. The eight-ward system means that each ward will have approximately 2,125 residents. Dormitories at SUCO and Hartwick College are included in five of the eight wards. The plan was drawn up by a bi-partisan committee headed by Joseph Molinari, Jr. May 1973

20 Years Ago

Close to $10,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen Friday night from a State University College at Oneonta computer lab. James Small, acting director of public safety at SUCO, said the burglary happened sometime between May 1963 8 and 11 p.m. Friday after the last person left the lab on the third floor of the Fine Arts building. “The labs are left Honesdale and Carbondale, will be placed on exhibition open,” Small said. “They are not scheduled to be locked unbeside the newest development in locomotive construction. til 11 p.m. A custodian is responsible for locking up.” Two The Loree is a four-cylinder, triple-expansion non-articucomplete MacIntosh computer systems, including monitors, lated, compound steam locomotive which has four truck keyboards, modems, and disk drives were taken. wheels and eight driving wheels. By triple use of its steam, May 1993 it operates almost silently. May 1933

40 Years Ago

Oneonta voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved the first comprehensive revision in ward boundaries in the city’s history. An eight-ward reapportionment plan was approved, 561 to 110, by an electorate that represented only about 12 percent of the eligible voters. The vote means the city will end the traditional six-ward system during the 1975 municipal elections. Until that time, the present six wards will stay the way they are. The low turn-out yesterday was expected since no organized opposition to the eight-ward plan had developed. Preliminary estimates put the cost of holding the referendum at $2,000 or about $3 for every vote cast. “I’m very happy. This is something we’ve been trying to get done for five or six years,” Mayor James Lettis said. Lettis praised the work of the League of Women

10 Years Ago

Joseph M. Skellie of Oneonta has won a $4,000 scholarship from the Elks National Foundation. Skellie, a high school senior, will receive $1,000 a year for the next four academic years, beginning in 2003. Skellie was one of more than 16,000 students nationwide who competed in the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student scholarship competition, sponsors said. He received one of 494 fourth place $4,000 scholarships. Applicants were judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Michelle LaFrance of Oneonta received the Benjamin Wainwright Award in English during Honors Day ceremonies April 25 at the University of Vermont, where she is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. May 2003

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HARTWICK/From A1 million campaign in 1997 that marked the 200th anniversary of the institution’s founding as Hartwick Seminary 18 miles up today’s Route 28, endowed in the will of Lutheran minister John Christopher Hartwick. “I think it’s impressive,” said Mike Stein, Friends of Bassett executive director and among the county’s most successful fundraisers. “It speaks well. And I think they’ll be successful, too.” Mayor Dick Miller, who came to Oneonta in 2003 as Hartwick president and is credited with stabilizing its finances, called the fund drive “really good news for the community ... Margaret Drugovich has been doing everything right for the past five years.” During the Drugovich Administration, budgets have been balanced for each of the five years, while efforts have been made to bring faculty salaries up to national averages. Cooperstown’s Bob Hanft, a retired investor, Hartwick trustee and former board chair, said of “It’s Personal”, “It’s emblematic of the momentum the college has experienced in the past few years.” The $32 million includes: • $9 million for endowed scholarships, which will generate another $450,000 annually, adding to $23 million in financial assistance now distributed. • $5 million to help students afford the estimated $3,500 for airline tickets, room and board required to student aboard during the college’s signature January Terms. The endowment is expected to generate $200,000 for that purpose, plus $50,000 for faculty development. • $1.8 million to renovate and Anderson Center for the Arts, to better coordinate the needs of painters, sculptors, musicians and the dramatic arts. Other capital improvements, including upgrades at the Binder gym, are also in the works. • Funds to build on a donation from Bill Campbell, Intuit chairman of the board, for

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the $2-3 million fitness center and renovations of the Dewar Lounge into a “campus living room.” “We didn’t think we could back down in challenging economic times,” Broschart recounted. “We felt, most importantly, Hartwick has a compelling case to make. Hartwick is doing the right things; Hartwick has it’s house in order, Hartwick is doing things in line with its values – for the students. “We believed that was a clear case for a fundraising campaign,” he said. The college’s chief fundraising executive said a review of standard parameters indicated Hartwick could raise a substantial amount, “but they your stretch. You really challenge yourself to go out and develop” new sources of contributions. The goal is to reach the $32 million mark within three years, he said. While much of the funding is from outside Otsego County – in the days before the announcement, a $1/2 million bequest had surfaced on the West Coast – local donors will also be solicited from what Alumni Association President Neal Miller estimates are 800 graduates living with a few miles of campus. “We have to inspire them to give,” said Miller.

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ager of the city’s Clarion on Muller Plaza. He had been active in a similar effort in Rochester, and saw the possibilities here. “It provides a great opportunity for a group of businesses in the region to coalesce and bring additional economic activity to our area,” Huemac Garcia, Foothills executive director, said of the initiative. Mayor Dick Miller, who recently turned over the Foothills presidency to Carol Blazina but remains on the board, said he is enthusiastic that the leadership has come from the private sector. “It’s absolutely wonderful to have these four entities that ostensibly are competitors, joining together in efforts to grow the market, with the expectation that each will share from a larger market,” the mayor said.

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Democrats To Introduce Slate This Week At Gilbertsville Committee Meeting ABBATE/From A1 incumbent county Rep. Rich Murphy. Abbate said both Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Murphy recommended Butterman. • Stuart Anderson, a leader in the anti-fracking Concerned Citizens of Otego, who will be challenging the county board’s chair, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, in District 3. Abbate said Anderson was a Republican, but switched parties, concerned the GOP isn’t sufficiently against fracking. “It’s more than about Repub-

licans and Democrats,” said the county chair when reached at his Cooperstown home Tuesday evening. “I’m looking forward to their Abbate accomplishments when they take office as the majority.” At Thursday’s meeting at the Empire House, Abbate said he

plans to introduce candidates who have already come forward, including Teresa Winchester, who is again running against county Rep. Jim Powers, R-Butternuts, in District 2, and Ed Lentz, the attorney and New Lisbon Town Board member who is seeking District 5 seat being vacated by Milford’s Pauline Koren. The Republicans have nominated Jamie Waters, Milford, founder and organizer with wife Brenda of the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump, for Koren’s seat.

As it stands, there are seven Democrats and seven Republicans on the county board, all up for election in November. The Democrats are Murphy (retiring) in 4; Beth Rosenthal, Roseboom, in 7; John Kosmer, Fly Creek, in 8; and four from the City of Oneonta: Gary Koutnik (11), Cathy Rothenberger (12), Linda Rowinski (13) and Kay Stuligross (14). The Republicans have Ed Frazier, Unadilla, in 1; Powers in 2; Clark in 3; Koren (retiring) in

5; Don Lindberg, Worcester, in 6; Keith McCarty, East Springfield, in 9, and Betty Anne Schwerd, Edmeston, in 10. Abbate said he has a tentative replacement for Rothenberger, who hopes to retire, and a prospect to challenge Lindberg, a former board chair. In addition to Waters, the Republicans have Bill Glockler, Middlefield, an organizer of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s campaign, to challenge Rosenthal.

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