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September 10, 2013

In our opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloro the United University Professions at the State University College at Oneonta for celebrating Labor Day, even if it wasn’t a day off for the union members.

The UUP fought for a decade to make the day a day off, and thanks to members’ work, it will be, starting next year.

At the SUNY Oneonta campus on Labor Day, UUP members invited faculty, staff and students to stop by for lemonade and cookies and a moment to celebrate Labor Day and spread the word about next year.

“We’re looking forward to the celebration that people will have next year,” UUP Chapter President William Simons said. 

“Labor Day is a totem — it’s a symbol of workers,” he added.

We agree. We thank all workers for their contributions, and congratulate the UUP for accomplishing its goal of honoring those contributions with a well-deserved day off.

 

The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services for working with Hyper-Reach Emergency Notifications System to provide mass emergency notifications to residents.

The system is designed to send thousands of calls or messages simultaneously for incidents such as hazardous chemical releases, missing persons, storm warnings and boil-water alerts.

All hardwired telephones in the county are automatically listed to receive these alerts. If residents want to receive messages that pertain to their local area, home or property while they are away, they will need to register additional points of contact, such as cellphones and email.

It can be done through the “Reverse 9-1-1” link available on the banner at the top of the Otsego County homepage, www.otsegocounty.com.

We applaud the county for taking this step to improve the safety of its residents.

 

To economic developers in Delaware County for seeking a federal grant to bring a call center, and up to 600 jobs, to the area.

The $610,000 grant would be awarded under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. It would be given to the Delaware County Office of Economic Development in conjunction with a partnership with Data Control Group, a private company that is deciding whether to add a call center in Hancock in the former Becton Dickinson facility or in Texas.

Should the Hancock site be chosen, the site would undergo two phases of renovation and expansion. The first phase is estimated to bring 200 jobs, while the second phase is estimated to bring an additional 300 to 400 jobs. The HUD grant would help to offset some of the renovation costs, primarily during the second phase.

The Becton Dickinson facility, which manufactured surgical scalpels, closed in 2002, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

If Hancock is chosen for the call center site, it would be a boon to the area. We wish Delaware County success on its application.