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February 9, 2013

Taking a closer look at mayor's numbers

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. 

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