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Mark Simonson

October 15, 2012

Plans made for 1960s Oneonta expansions


“When the program was announced,” Nader continued, “I took my city chamberlain, Tom Natoli, and we went down to New York, to meet with those in charge of the Accelerated Public Works Program.”

Nader and Natoli were apparently surprise visitors to the officials at the Federal Building in New York. According to The Oneonta Star, the Oneonta contingent made the trip to the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

“They asked if we had any resolutions,” Nader recalled. “I responded, ‘If you have a typewriter, I’ll type them. I have my city seal and my city chamberlain with me.’ So we put our applications in.”

The plans for Oneonta were sent to Washington and Nader was told he’d get a response before the end of the month. Nader told The Star that month how he was encouraged by the reception of the federal authorities.

“As a result of being aggressive, the City of Oneonta got more funds from the program than any other city in New York state, except for Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Yonkers,” Nader said.

In addition to all the basic infrastructure improvements, Nader said the city parks were also expanded. New industries came in with the improvements, such as Gladding, Custom Electronics and others.

While there was plenty of noise from construction on the two college hillsides in the next few years, there was plenty more of the same in the city limits as well.

This weekend: Excitement over a new road opening in October 1932.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at

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