For latest content, check out my Positions and Proposals page!

Who I am and why I’m running

What I stand for and what I will fight for:

QUALITY OF LIFE

This is why we live here.

  •  For the clean air and water
  •  For the unspoiled and lush greenery that surrounds us
  •  For safe streets
  •  For welcoming neighborhoods
  •  For locally owned downtown businesses that are just a stroll from our front porches
  •  For a community that has earned a reputation for reinventing itself.

I live here because nearly forty years ago I researched the best place to live in upstate New York, and determined that Oneonta was unique in all of the state in matching or exceeding my every hope for my own quality of life.

I met my wife, Betsy, here. We’ve raised our family here.

And I’ve made my business – literally – to help promote the interests of my community, and especially its small businesses.

It’s not hyperbole to say that I love this City of the Hills.

And I am concerned about the current arc of Oneonta’s health and relevance, and what continuing on this course could mean to our shared quality of life.

I am concerned for the survival of Main Street.

In blunt terms, I am calling out the City’s prioritization of future plans over the immediate needs of a city that’s dying – one business at a time.

I pray that the grand designs of Oneonta’s city planners are wildly successful; that new building facades and an array of upstairs apartments will attract new residents to Main Street. I hope to heaven that an accessible and attractive parking garage and bus terminal has a transformative impact on the inclinations of tourists and visitors.

But, I am afraid that there won’t be any small shops left downtown by the time that happens, and with their loss, that we witness the further shrinking of a population that has lost faith in our future.

I worry about the loss of taxpaying neighbors, which will threaten the City’s ability to ensure the streets are kept safe, that the lights stay lit, that streets and parks are maintained, that the water is pure.

And more.

I am concerned that in its desperation, the City will make bad decisions that we will regret for decades to come.

So, I plan to fight for the here and now, even as we make the best possible plans for the future.

Quality of Life – It’s why I’m running.

I’ve been a resident of the 8th Ward for the past 25 years.

Throughout that time, I’ve been an unrelenting advocate for a vital and prosperous Downtown and Center City.

I’ve been the face of the (DOIT) Downtown Improvement Taskforce, a founder, and rebuilder of First Night Oneonta, the creator of dozens of Oneonta promotions, including the Everything Oneonta guide, the Sweet Home Calendar, Oneonta 3D, and the Cooperstown-Oneonta HUB app.

And I proudly bring Oneonta to about 2-dozen cities across the country as host and producer of the syndicated radio program, The Blue Light Central.

As the owner of Sweet Hone Productions, I am the employer of half-a-dozen young, skilled Oneontans. But, like other businesses, I’ve found that retaining them is difficult. Other communities offer more social housing and economic opportunities.

I’ve also worked with too many businesses who haven’t been able to succeed in an increasingly distressed economy. 

This has to change.

And I WILL FIGHT to see that it does.

For latest content, check out my Positions and Proposals page!

Who I am and why I’m running

What I stand for and what I will fight for:

QUALITY OF LIFE

This is why we live here.

  •  For the clean air and water
  •  For the unspoiled and lush greenery that surrounds us
  •  For safe streets
  •  For welcoming neighborhoods
  •  For locally owned downtown businesses that are just a stroll from our front porches
  •  For a community that has earned a reputation for reinventing itself.

I live here because nearly forty years ago I researched the best place to live in upstate New York, and determined that Oneonta was unique in all of the state in matching or exceeding my every hope for my own quality of life.

I met my wife, Betsy, here. We’ve raised our family here.

And I’ve made my business – literally – to help promote the interests of my community, and especially its small businesses.

It’s not hyperbole to say that I love this City of the Hills.

And I am concerned about the current arc of Oneonta’s health and relevance, and what continuing on this course could mean to our shared quality of life.

I am concerned for the survival of Main Street.

In blunt terms, I am calling out the City’s prioritization of future plans over the immediate needs of a city that’s dying – one business at a time.

I pray that the grand designs of Oneonta’s city planners are wildly successful; that new building facades and an array of upstairs apartments will attract new residents to Main Street. I hope to heaven that an accessible and attractive parking garage and bus terminal has a transformative impact on the inclinations of tourists and visitors.

But, I am afraid that there won’t be any small shops left downtown by the time that happens, and with their loss, that we witness the further shrinking of a population that has lost faith in our future.

I worry about the loss of taxpaying neighbors, which will threaten the City’s ability to ensure the streets are kept safe, that the lights stay lit, that streets and parks are maintained, that the water is pure.

And more.

I am concerned that in its desperation, the City will make bad decisions that we will regret for decades to come.

So, I plan to fight for the here and now, even as we make the best possible plans for the future.

Quality of Life – It’s why I’m running. 

I’ve been a resident of the 8th Ward for the past 25 years.

Throughout that time, I’ve been an unrelenting advocate for a vital and prosperous Downtown and Center City.

I’ve been the face of the (DOIT) Downtown Improvement Taskforce, a founder, and rebuilder of First Night Oneonta, the creator of dozens of Oneonta promotions, including the Everything Oneonta guide, the Sweet Home Calendar, Oneonta 3D, and the Cooperstown-Oneonta HUB app.

And I proudly bring Oneonta to about 2-dozen cities across the country as host and producer of the syndicated radio program, The Blue Light Central.

As the owner of Sweet Hone Productions, I am the employer of half-a-dozen young, skilled Oneontans. But, like other businesses, I’ve found that retaining them is difficult. Other communities offer more social housing and economic opportunities.

I’ve also worked with too many businesses who haven’t been able to succeed in an increasingly distressed economy. 

This has to change.

And I WILL FIGHT to see that it does.

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