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January 31, 2013

Miller's re-election bid gains support

Fiscal stability, economic growth and housing improvements in Center City are among on-going issues Mayor Dick Miller said he would address during a second term at Oneonta’s City Hall.

Miller, who last week announced his candidacy for another four-year term, said his Collaborate for Oneonta mission succeeded on the 2009 campaign trail and into his work as mayor. With more time, changes created under a revised City Charter, including hiring a city manager, plus rezoning and redistricting in the city, can be firmly established, he said.

“We’ve done a lot of stuff,” Miller said during an interview in his second-floor office at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. “The operative word is ‘we.’” 

No one has stepped forward to challenge Miller, whose announcement was welcomed independently by all eight Common Council members this week. Miller has led the city through some difficulties, they said, describing him as a leader who is fair and a listener.

“He has a really strong ability to bring people together — he works hard to form coalitions,” said Maureen Hennessy, Common Council member from the First Ward and a Democrat.

Miller draws people into the process, she said, and works through disagreements. In her three terms on the council, this group has worked best together, she said, and “everyone puts the benefit of the city first.”

Politics don’t seem to matter much in city business, council members said. Several council members said Miller and Michael Long, the city manager hired in October, complement each other and will be an effective team in governance.

Miller said the Otsego County Democratic Committee executive board approached him about running on the Democratic line in the Nov. 5 election. The board reported its endorsement of Miller on Friday, which prompted Miller’s announcement.

Miller, who said he will run on the independent Collaborate for Oneonta line, has asked for endorsement by the Otsego County Republican Committee, which won’t meet until spring.

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