Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 3, 1994

Getting to the airport could become a breeze if Governor-elect George Pataki bumps the speed limit up to 65. But, some worry that it would just give a license to go even faster.

“I’m personally not for it,” said Otsego County Sheriff Donald Mundy, of the proposal to up the maximum speed on some rural stretches of interstate highways from 55 mph. “When it’s 55, people do 65, 70. It’s human nature,” said Mundy, who put in his time patrolling the highways as a state trooper. Change the signs to 65 and Mundy figures motorists are going to be zipping up I-88 at speeds more than 75 or 80 mph.

Outgoing Gov. Mario Cuomo has opposed raising the speed limit and the state Department of Motor Vehicles credits the 55 mph with saving lives. But the most recent state survey shows 94 percent of New York traffic breaks the speed limit on rural interstates.

Mundy argues that the 55 mile-an-hour limit saves lives. He said the reduced speed limit combined with enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws has reduced the number of deaths and personal injury accidents. “It’s proved that 55 is a good speed, doing 65 isn’t going to get you there that much faster,” he said.

50 years ago

Dec. 3, 1969

Saying he was “pleasantly surprised,” and looking pleasantly surprised as he said it last night, Mayor Albert S. Nader accepted a silver bowl representing the Oneonta Star’s annual Civic Achievement Award from Star editor, Frank Perretta.

The award is given by the Star to an individual who has worked to make his community a better place in which to live.

Perretta told the mayor, “you have served your community well in so many capacities…as an alderman, assessor, commissioner and as a mayor for eight years.

“Your achievements have been many,” he said, noting Nader’s efforts in construction of an airport, preparation of a master plan, participation in urban renewal, rehabilitation of water and sewer facilities and “many other projects.”

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