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April 5, 2014

Week in Review: Council parts ways with city manager

This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:

MONDAY

An estimated 60,000 New Yorkers are among the 1.1 million policyholders nationwide expected to be socked with premium increases as the result of alterations to the National Flood Insurance Program.

In sports: Connor Coyle scored a team-best four goals and Daniel Stern scored all three of his goals in the final quarter as host Oneonta State rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Brockport, 11-9, Saturday in the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse opener for both teams.

TUESDAY

The superintendent of the Schoharie Central School District urged federal regulators Monday night to reject the proposed route of the Constitution Pipeline, saying the natural gas transmission system would endanger students at the Schoharie Career and Tech campus operated by Capital Region BOCES.

In sports: Hartwick College’s Michael Rourke was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Goalie of the Week for men’s lacrosse Monday.

WEDNESDAY

The Common Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a separation agreement with Michael H. Long, Oneonta’s first city manager.

Long, 57, will continue working as city manager until May 30, when he will retire. On Tuesday night at City Hall, Long read a letter, announcing his retirement date and listing projects accomplished in the city during his tenure.

Also: To some, the Constitution Pipeline represents an environmental nightmare. To others, the 124-mile natural gas transmission line will help to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere while making the United States more energy self-reliant.

Both sides of the divide of the controversial project were stated and restated Tuesday night as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hosted a second public comment meeting at Oneonta High School on the draft environmental impact (DEIS) issued in February by agency staffers. About 425 people turned out for the often-tense forum.

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