That, after all, was why he was hired. While he serves at the pleasure of the mayor and Common Council, he’s being paid to be a funding rainmaker and a steward of the city’s finances. Still, a little optimism can go a long way to ease the minds of council members and other citizens who have seen economic stagnation for far too many long years.
“We’re going to be very busy,” Long said. “We have a lot of really positive things going on. Oneonta’s a very friendly community. Everyone has been very welcoming. Everyone has been very supportive. It feels like a pretty fast year.”
While he would seem to be off to a decent start, if he can’t find a way to put Oneonta on the road to long-term financial success, 2014 will feel like a pretty long year for Michael Long. And if that’s the case, he won’t be long for this job.