Michael Lynch, Fourth Ward member of the Oneonta Common Council who has been outspoken in disagreements with the mayor, has endorsed incumbent Dick Miller for another four-year term.
“Mayor Miller has proven himself to be both a tireless advocate and an excellent administrator for the city of Oneonta,” Lynch, a Working Families Party member, said in a statement issued Sunday to The Daily Star.
Miller, an independent Collaborate for Oneonta candidate who ran on the Democratic line in 2009, won a three-way race four years ago against Erik Miller, a Republican and then a council member from the Third Ward, and Jason Corrigan, an independent and then a senior at the State University College at Oneonta.
Miller is running unopposed for re-election Nov. 5.
“Mayor Miller and I disagree on a number of issues,” Lynch said in the prepared statement. “However, these disagreements do not impact our ability to work together for the good of the city. I have seen Mayor Miller collaborate with every segment of our community, putting their talents and strengths to work in pursuit of an even better city of Oneonta. We can only benefit from another four years with Dick Miller as mayor of Oneonta.”
Lynch applauded Miller’s leadership and work in creating long-term planning tools in the form of five-year capital and financial plans.
“These tools, coupled with the mayor’s deft ‘hand on the wheel’ produced an environment where the mayor and Common Council are able to focus on the city’s true priorities,” Lynch said. Miller and Meg Hungerford, city director of finance, are an excellent fiscal team, Lynch said, and the city has among the best financial positions of any municipality in the state, plus record investments in captial projects.
The reorganization and re-invigoration of the Oneonta Police Department also are among Miller’s most significant achievements, Lynch said.