“I love this community — it’s been great to me,” Miller said. “I think I have made a contribution — I think I can make a greater contribution.”
Miller said the city’s pending business also includes:
• The structural deficit and management of reserves and debt capacity.
• The economy of Main Street, of the city and immediate area.
• A need for more owner-occupied residences in Center City neighborhoods.
Miller said he still strongly favors a merger between the city and the town of Oneonta, which has resisted the idea. To someone from outside the area, the city and town of Oneonta are indistinguishable, he said, and development shouldn’t be hindered by municipal lines.
“I’m not going to pass up any opportunity for shared services, including marketing,” Miller said. The city can be part of a cooperative effort to identify an economic region, including Southside in the town, that attracts business and visitors to a greater Oneonta area, he said.
“We have to get purposeful about making the most of that market opportunity,” Miller said. The area rises and falls as a group, he said.
Miller has established himself as a champion of economic and cultural development, said Larry Malone, council member representing the Second Ward and an unaffiliated voter.
“We’re really very well-served by him,” said Malone, an economics professor at Hartwick College. “I think he’s going to be way out in front in terms of bettering the community.”
Miller’s background and focus on long-range planning are benefiting the city, said Bob Brzozowski, an Independence Party member representing the Seventh Ward. Miller is a “good manager” who runs meetings efficiently, which reduces bureaucracy, Brzozowski said.
Madolyn Palmer, a Republican representing the Fifth Ward, said Miller has “a tremendous financial head,” is open-minded, fair and patient.