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February 9, 2013

Taking a closer look at mayor's numbers

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller won office in a three-way race in the general election of November 2009.

But the victory could have been closer than it appeared on election night. If all supporters of a third party had rallied behind a single candidate in opposition to Miller, the race would have been too close to call.

Miller, who established his political career with his Collaborate for Oneonta party, has announced his candidacy for a second four-year term. The Otsego County Democratic Committee executive board has endorsed him, and Miller awaits a response from local Republicans. 

In 2009, he ran against Third Ward Alderman Erik A. Miller, a Republican, and Jason Corrigan, a candidate on his own Unifying Oneonta party line. The early unofficial results reported that Dick Miller bested Erik Miller, 1,078 to 894. Corrigan, then a student at the State University College at Oneonta, received 177 votes, according to the early tally.

These are the official results on the Otsego County Board of Elections website:

Dick Miller: 1,123

Erik A. Miller: 934

Jason G. Corrigan: 188

If the vote totals for Erik Miller and Jason Corrigan are combined — 1,122 — the sum is just one vote fewer than what Dick Miller received. 

The town of Oneonta is surveying residents about life in the town today — and for ideas about the future.

Robert Harlem Jr., chairman of the town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, said about 4,000 surveys from JZ Analytics of Utica soon will be mailed to collect information for updating the town’s comprehensive plan. The survey will be mailed to registered voters, local businesses and property owners, a media release said. It can be completed by visiting the JZ Analytics website or by returning it in the envelope provided. 

Community input will be a guide for the development of the town as the Comprehensive Plan Committee updates the 1997 plan. Harlem said the deadline for returning surveys is the end of February. 

A committee of town residents, plus three Hartwick College interns, was formed in September to update the plan, the release said. Members have been discussing planning, zoning and economic development; infrastructure, roads, water, sewer and housing; community services, public safety and library; and parks, recreation and environmental concerns.

The survey seeks to determine how satisfied residents are with services and which other services might be considered, the release said. Questions are about water and sewer services, public safety, gas drilling, recreation and commercial, residential and industrial development. A section asks about how residents connect, such as through social media, and if the town is communicating effectively. 

After the survey is completed, JZ Analytics will assemble data, and results will be presented at a town meeting, Harlem said. The project’s cost remains within the $25,000 set aside by the Oneonta Town Board, he said.

Nancy K. Deming of Hamden has been appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as chairwoman of the College Council at the State University College of Techology at Delhi.

The College Council is a 10-member panel, with members being appointed on a rotating basis, a media release said. The council is an advisory body for the college president, and the positions are unpaid. 

Deming was appointed to the council Dec. 10, college officials said. The panel’s next meeting will be in the Farrell Student and Community Center at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10. 

Deming is a matrimonial and family lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience, the release said. She began practicing in New York City in 1980 and became a partner of Newhouse & Deming in 1985. She moved her practice to Delhi in 1992 and joined the Delaware County Bar Association. 

Deming has served as a member and president of the Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi Board of Education.

A Cooperstown business is participating in a fundraiser to help provide safe drinking water and new schools in Kenya, a media release said.

Dan Murdock, owner of Cooperstown CrossFit, said community members may participate in the Hope for Kenya, a workout at the gym Feb. 16. He said 100 percent of “CrossFit for Kenya” proceeds will go to projects in eastern Kenya.

CrossFit is an international fitness program that began in the mid-1990s in Santa Cruz, Calif., the release said. There are more than 5,000 CrossFit gyms worldwide. The Cooperstown gym opened in August. 

Participants may sign up sponsors for the workout at Cooperstown CrossFit at 4773 State Highway 28. For more information, visit or or call Murdock at 267-1794. 

Denise Richardson covers Oneonta city and town government, and higher education, for The Daily Star. She can be reached at 432-1000, ext. 213, or drichardson@