Democrat seeks county board seat


Oneonta resident Adrienne Martini recently launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination to represent District 12 on the Otsego County Board of Representatives. The position is currently held by Republican Craig Gelbsman who is seeking re-election in November. District 12 covers the Third and Fourth wards in the city of Oneonta.

“Local government should be accessible and transparent to the people it serves,” Martini said in a media release. Creating greater accountability can start with something as basic as changing the time of county meetings so that more working people are able to see what their representatives are doing, she said.

Her vision for the region, she said, also includes greater communication between the city and county governments so that both can work to create a thriving economy with living wage jobs while limiting the impact that possible federal Medicaid cuts will have on residents.

“The Otsego County Board manages a $105 million operating budget. Voters should know that their money is being spent as effectively as possible,” Martini said. “Their representative should be able to explain how those dollars are working for them.”

Gelbsman said in a phone message that he is “looking forward to the challenge.” He said he has been keeping his constituents informed. “I’m really enjoying representing Otsego County and the city of Oneonta,” he said.

Martini and her husband of 23 years, Scott Segar, have two children in Oneonta schools: a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, the release said.

She worked as an adjunct instructor at both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, a bookseller at the Green Toad Bookstore, and as a columnist for The Daily Star. She writes and edits the SUNY Oneonta alumni magazine and is the managing editor for, an online community for women runners.

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