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January 4, 2014

County reps brace for busy year

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Frazier, in a statement, also stressed the need to do more to create jobs and spark economic activity.

Lentz suggested that the county develop an energy policy.

“The days of inexpensive energy are over,” said Lentz, a patent lawyer who also farms his land.

Citing the flooding devastation that took place in upstate New York in 2011 — when nearby Schoharie and Greene counties were especially hard-hit — Lentz said it would behoove the county to identify ways to safeguard itself from adverse weather events.

Leading the local development corporation created to privatize the Manor is Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-city of Oneonta. The Manor sale is no longer in the hands of the county board, she noted. Stuligross said she hopes that the nursing home sale will be completed before the end of this year.

A veteran of six years with the county board, Stuligross said she is hoping the panel will develop a vision, then act on a strategic plan for improving opportunities for county residents.

“So far, the board has been reactive, when we need to be proactive,” Stuligross said. “Right now, we’re putting out fires.”

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