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May 3, 2014

Meeting to focus on efficiency in government

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — A conference on municipal, business and economic issues will be presented in Oneonta on Tuesday, May 6.

The meeting on local government efficiency is coordinated by the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council and Citizen Voices, and is sponsored by the Bank of Cooperstown. The afternoon program will be in the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street in Oneonta.

Organizers said two sessions are planned, as outlined below:

Part I from 1 to 3 p.m.: The state Department of State will give a presentation on local government efficiency grant funding and technical support offered to assist officials develop opportunities. Presenters will be Dierdre Scozzafava, deputy secretary of state for local government, and Robert Roeckle, land use specialist.

Part II from 3 to 4 p.m.: Ann Thane, Mayor, city of Amsterdam, and Carolyn Lewis, economic development coordinator at the State University College at Oneonta, will highlight the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s efforts, present 2014 funding priorities and review this year’s state Consolidated Funding Application process. Both presenters are members of the MVREDC Executive Committee.

For more information, contact Albert Colone of GO-EDC at 435-2174 or send email to


Chemung Supply Corp. has opened a showroom and offices in South New Berlin to better serve municipalities, contractors and construction companies in the region, said Todd Steadman, facilities manager.

The supplier of highway construction and maintenance equipment has been in business more than 80 years, Steadman said.

President Marc Stemerman said in a media release that the company “will strive to work closely with local municipalities to achieve the levels of service expected from those that maintain our local communities and roads.”

Chemung Supply sells a range of products from corrugated steel pipe and box culverts to bridge decking and signs and snow plow blades.

Steadman said the company bought a building in South New Berlin and opened for business in March. The local facility has one other employee but may hire two to four workers possibly this year, he said.

Locally, Chemung Supply is at 3519 State Highway 8, and hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The telephone number is 488-4068.

The business previously had a facility in Oneonta called Otsego Iron and Metal but it closed about four years ago, Steadman said. Chemung Supply has headquarters in Elmira and other offices in Oswego and Carlisle, Pa.


Kellie M. Place of Century 21 Chesser Realty has been recognized with a Century 21 Quality Service Producer award, according to a media release.

The Century 21 Real Estate LLC producer award is a national honor that reflects the business’s commitment to excellence and a recipient’s dedication to exceed client expectations, the release said.

Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Century 21, congratulated Place on achieving the 2013 Quality Service Producer award.

Place’s experience also has earned her the distinction of “Top Producer” and “Multi-Million Dollar Producer” with Century 21 and was honored in the 2011 Daily Star’s “Best of the Best” Awards.

Century 21 Chesser Realty at 416 Chestnut St. in Oneonta specializes in residential, luxury, commercial, land and investment properties.

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