Vote Sandler, Huntsman
I have known Bennett Sandler and Julie
Huntsman professionally and socially for
the past few years, and am very pleased
that two such intelligent, hard working
and fair minded individuals are running
for Otsego Town Board.
As a Cooperstown resident and
trustee, I believe it is important for village
residents to be represented on the town
board by people who understand our
I am very impressed that both Bennett
and Julie have taken the time to walk the
village, introduce themselves to residents
and listen to our perspectives and issues.
This commitment to including the
village in town concerns, along with their
hard work on environmental and other
issues, makes me happy to endorse both
Julie and Bennett for the Otsego Town
Board. I hope Village residents will join
me in getting out to vote on Nov. 8.
Experienced people needed
I attended the Meet the Candidates
Night last Thursday hoping to hear some
new ideas and what the Sustainable
Otsego/Democrats had to offer.
Other than their one-sided view of
gas drilling, the fate of which the state
of New York will ultimately decide, I was
shocked at their lack of knowledge of
county and town issues.
Time and again the Sustainable Otsego
challengers, both by their answers to
questions and by their position statements,
showed a shocking lack of
knowledge regarding what the Town
Board and County Board are working on
or what they have already accomplished.
It seems as though the challengers have
not attended many of the meetings of
the boards for which they are running.
For example, I have been a member of
the Town Planning Board for nine years
and not one of the Democratic candidates
has attended a meeting, though,
if elected, they will have to work closely
with this board.
By contrast, Bill Michaels and John
Schallert have not only attended meetings,
but have proposed land-use changes
that have benefited the community.
Several times during the Meet the Candidates
Night, the Sustainable Otsego
candidates stated their ideas only to be
rebutted by Mr. Michaels or Mr. Schallert
with “We’ve already done that” or “That is
already in progress.”
I was surprised to learn that, if elected,
Mr. Kosmer, Mr. Sandler and Ms. Huntsman
bring NO government experience
to the town or county boards and the
remaining candidates have very limited
Although the challengers are good,
well-meaning people, this is not the time
for on-the-job training.
We need experienced people now
more than ever.
Qualifications and commitment
After the so-called debate last Thursday, the Sustainable Otsego candidates made it quite clear that they have no real positions, no real ideas and no real qualifications to run for the offices they seek. For example, the SustainableOtsego candidate, Mr. Kosmer, in his closing statement, said his only objective was to get all 30 of the Sustainable Otsego candidates elected.
In addition, he was citing Otsego County economic successes like Golden Artist Colors, and Agro Farma— and they are actually in Chenango County! I guess I should add “no understanding” to the list of problems with those candidates.
These county rep candidates, Kosmer and Rosenthal, have not attended board meetings to understand the important issues and the process — because they really don’t care about the issues or the process. And, when their supporters try to find fault with real and meaningful successes — as with Jim Johnson’s leadership to secure more than $250,000 in bed tax funding for Cooperstown — you know they lack ideas, and understanding. This is dangerous.
The same problems are apparent in the races for town of Otsego council. The one-issue candidates are woefully lacking in experience, ideas and commitment to representing the people of Otsego on all of the issues that will come before the board. They have been absent at very important meetings discussing and deciding those issues.
Fortunately, there is a list of candidates that have experience, ideas, commitment and have demonstrated real, meaningful results — this too was proven at the debate. Vote for county repcandidates Jim Johnson — District 8, and Ray Holohan — District 7, and for town of Otsego council vote for Bill Michaels and John Schallert — on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Sheila M. Ross Fly Creek Ross is the Otsego County Republican Party chairwoman.
Gas drilling is big issue for elections This year, because of the gas hydrofracking issue, we are seeing a strong upsurge in citizens willing to enter political life, often for the first time. We should consider ourselves lucky. We are fortunate that talented people are willing to work for nominal pay, often at thankless tasks.
I’m writing to support John Kosmer for county representative and Julie Huntsman for Otsego Town Council. Both Kosmer and Huntsman were far out ahead on the hydrofracking issue, educating first themselves and then the public on the dangers of this type of gas drilling and what we could do to stop it. John deserves much of the credit for highlighting fracking as the most critical issue facing us.
Julie Huntsman spent countless hours organizing informational forums and later, volunteers for a largescale opinion poll of our neighbors. She was able to show that by a large majority (more than 80 percent) we did not want hydrofracking in our community. Shortly after, our council voted to ban this type of heavy industry.
I’m also writing to support Bill Michaels in his re-election bid for town council. This was a harder decision for me, only because I think Bennett Sandler would be a valuable addition to our council as well.
But I believe Bill has proved himself to be conscientious and reliable. He’s also come out on the right side of the fracking issue. We need Bill’s experience and he deserves another term.
On Tuesday Nov. 8, I urge voters in District 7 (Cherry Valley, Middlefield and Roseboom) to elect Ray Holohan to the county Board of Representatives. Ray will bring his skills as a CPA and small-business owner to work on the issues the county faces daily. Issues such as budget and finance, public safety, the Otsego Manor, MOSA, roads, bridges, social services, assistance for the elderly, early childhood intervention and managing county personnel, to name a few. Many residents have legitimate concerns about hydrofracking. As a Middlefield resident with a wife and young children, Ray shares those concerns and has been very supportive of our efforts to ban heavy industry. He understands that only the state and federal governments have the authority to regulate gas drilling and only townships have the authority (through home rule) to ban it. We all need to be very concerned about gas drilling, but not at the expense of the many other issues facing county government. As a CPA, Ray knows firsthand that many county residents struggle to make a living and pay their taxes. He is running because he has concrete ideas on how to improve government so residents can live and prosper in a safe, clean environment. Again, I urge you to elect Ray Holoran county rep for District 7.
Bliss is Middlefield town supervisor.