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November 1, 2013

Incumbent mayor faces no challenger

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller is running unopposed for another four-year term in Tuesday’s election.

Miller, 70, who four years ago ran under the slogan “Collaborate for Oneonta,” will appear on the Republican and Democratic party lines on Tuesday’s ballot.

Polling sites for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth wards will be at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street, county elections officials said. Voters from the Third, Fourth and Seventh wards will cast ballots at St. James’ Episcopal Church at the corner of Elm and Main streets.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In the city of Oneonta, of 4,353 registered voters, 1,964 are Democrats and 1,124 are Republicans, according to the Otsego County Board of Elections, and 907 voters are unaffiliated and 270 are Independence.

In a recent campaign letter, Miller said critical areas to address in city government include permanently eliminating the city’s structural deficit; expanding economic development with a focus on downtown; improving housing conditions, particularly in Center City; and institutionalizing the new City Charter and city manager form of government.

During his four years in office, Miller said, he has worked with 13 Common Council members and almost 100 commission and board appointees.

“Together, we have accomplished quite a lot,” he said in his letter.

Miller cited among accomplishments during his tenure were instituting a multi-year financial plan; reducing the work force by 10 positions without layoffs; approval of an environmental plan including an energy conservation performance contract; and approval of zoning, charter and redistricting plans.

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