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More than 10 months into the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 20 Otsego County residents, COVID-19 tests are still in limited supply locally.

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 ALBANY —With the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program facing criticism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday blamed the rocky rollout of his administration’s inoculation initiative on the federal government.

ALBANY — Nursing home workers across New York have been initially less eager to get vaccinated for the coronavirus than the residents for whom they provide care, the leader of an industry umbrella group said last week.

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U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, met with Otsego County Treasurer Allen Ruffles and Otsego County Health Director Heidi Bond on Thursday, Jan. 14, to discuss vaccinations and Otsego County’s need for federal COVID-19 relief.

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 ALBANY — Leaders of New York’s local governments, facing sharp revenue declines as a result of the shutdown of portions of the state’s economy last year, are infused with fresh optimism now that a familiar face is about to ascend to one of the federal government’s most influential legislati…

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May 2, 2018, in the aftermath of a new state law which required public officials to sign their oaths of office within 30 days of being sworn in or forfeit their seats, Otsego County Rep. Daniel Wilber watched as his seat was declared vacant. 

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 A petition to make Otsego County a sanctuary from gun laws was withdrawn from consideration last week, after concerns about its intent and language stalled it in committee.

The Otsego County Health Department said Monday it has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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 ALBANY — New Yorkers at least 75 year of age, school teachers, police officers and others in jobs that put them at risk in the pandemic can schedule appointments to get COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Monday, state officials said Friday.

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 The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the State town hall forum virtually Tuesday, Jan. 5, featuring U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, as the keynote speaker.

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The last time James Seward’s hometown of Oneonta was represented in the New York State Senate by someone other than him, Ronald Reagan was president.

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Patricia Szarpa will retire as the executive director of the Otsego Land Trust in February 2021, according to a media release from the group’s Board of Directors.

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A freshman state legislator has begun his career replacing a longtime area politician who retired.

 Several tips from the public led New York State Police to make an arrest earlier this month in connection to the alleged theft of gift cards from a Richfield Springs food pantry.

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New York hospitals provided with the COVID-19 vaccine were given an ultimatum Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Use the doses within seven days or lose them.

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Oneonta and Otsego County said goodbye to departing Otsego County Chamber of Commerce leader Barbara Ann Heegan during a surprise Zoom party Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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The village of Cooperstown has mostly finished its community review of policing standards and will share its findings with the public early in 2021, according to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. 

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The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank has approved a buyer for its property at 20 Lake St. in Richfield Springs, completing the organization’s first project in Otsego County. 

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 Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. told Otsego County officials Thursday, Dec. 10, that his problems with jail medical issues won’t end with filling a couple of nursing positions and overall problems with staffing are hurting morale.

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With local coronavirus cases rising dramatically this month, Otsego County’s Board of Representatives unanimously approved two late resolutions Monday, Dec. 14, to allow the county’s Department of Health to hire three temporary nurses to help with contract tracing. 

 New York State Police at Richfield Springs are looking for the public’s help in finding a person who stole “a large amount” of grocery gift cards from a church.

Otsego County's Board of Representatives unanimously approved a $2.1 million energy upgrade plan that had been delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic at its end-of-the-year meeting Monday, Dec. 14.

ALBANY — While road salt is designed to keep the traffic moving in winter, some of it ends up washing into lakes and streams, contaminating drinking water supplies.

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SUNY Oneonta’s reopening plan for the spring semester is a “living document” that will evolve based on feedback and the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, Interim President Dennis Craig told the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Otsego County’s version of the state-mandated municipal police review has gone “very well,” according to Rep. Dave Bliss. 

ALBANY — A second lockdown of New York’s non-essential businesses will be imposed if hospitals face a shortage of beds due to rising COVID admissions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday.

 ALBANY — New York will enlist in a coronavirus initiative designed to have the federal government manage the task of vaccinating residents of nursing homes and their employees.

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The first of three teenagers charged in connection with a murder, robbery and attempted arson last fall pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 23, in Otsego County Court after accepting a plea bargain.

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The Arc Otsego has announced that Karen Sullivan of the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling was awarded the Lifetime Recycling Leadership Award, given each year by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties has kicked off a first phase of its Grow with Cornell Cooperative Extension fundraising campaign, to redevelop the grounds of its Education and Resource Center at 123 Lake St. in Cooperstown. The grounds will be developed into a …

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