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October 29, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 29, 2013

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25 years ago

Oct. 29, 1988

An Oneonta woman worked behind the scenes four months to bring New York voters two televised debates, one of which will air tonight.

Incumbent Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-Pindars Corners, will face challenger Robert R. McMillan, R-Long Island, in Syracuse, in a debate to be aired Saturday over 10 Public Broadcasting Stations in New York from 8 to 9 p.m.

Susan R. Hughson of 11 Ravine Park North arranged the meeting. The job was an unexpected one that came as part of her position on the state Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters.

The goal of the non-partisan league’s sponsorship is to give voters a chance to see and hear the candidates speak on issues facing the nation so that they can make an informed choice on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, she said.

Hughson said she wasn’t worried about tonight’s meeting turning from an issues debate into a mudslinging contest, a criticism of the presidential race. She said she is confident that the three panelists the league chose to ask questions will keep the candidates issues-oriented.


50 years ago

Oct. 29, 1963

HARTWICK — The maintenance and improvement of the Kinney Memorial Library Building recently was assured when a gift of $2,000 in negotiable securities was presented by Arthur R. Kinney of Hartwick to the Township of Hartwick.

Mr. Kinney officially offered the gift to the Library on Aug. 23 this year, but he died a month later, Sept. 24, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

The Kinney Memorial Library is a gift to the Town of Hartwick to be maintained as a public library for the Village of Hartwick and the surrounding area.

It began when Arthur Kinney and Jay P. Kinney presented a residential property on East Main Street in Hartwick as a memorial to their parents, Joseph P. and Isabel (Stanhouse) Kinney, to be used as a public library with its facilities available to the communities surrounding Hartwick.

In the document offering the $2,000 gift, Arthur Kinney specified, “That as indicated when the original gift of a Library Building was made, it was, and still is, the purpose of my brother and myself that the fund presented for the maintenance of the building shall not be diverted to other purposes … other than building maintenance and improvement.

“I have full confidence in the integrity of the present officials of the Town Board of Hartwick, but I believe it to be no reflection upon the integrity or competence of such officials, or their successors, to assume that the Trustees of Kinney Memorial Library, as chartered by the New York State Department of Education, are likely to be somewhat better informed as to building facilities required for a library than the members of the Town Board,” the instrument states.