The pandemic changed everything.
All the grand plans we’d entertained of bringing our ward’s disparate neighborhoods together as one “Mighty Eighth” community were compromised by the need to follow ever more strict health and safety protocols.
But, while those community building efforts have been sidetracked, I have worked to address and mitigate the effect of the virus on our City – and our downtown, in particular.
To that end:
Acknowledging our First Responders
This poster was created to be displayed in doorways and windows throughout Oneonta. The concept was a collaboration of Council Members Mark Davies, Kaytee Lipari-Shue and myself.
It was printed as a full page tear-out in the Daily Star and by OfficeMax (where it is still available for free.)
Informing Short-Term Tenants of Quarantine Expectations
After conversations with several Council Members, notably John Rafter, I wrote and produced a notification that was delivered to and distributed by all our short-term rental agents.
Enforcement of Health Protocols
Working with my fellow Council Members and the City Attorney, I put forth legislation to create a masks requirement in the Downtown MU1 zone.
As a part of that effort I designed signage that is displayed throughout the covered geograophy.
Promoting Health and Safety Protocols in the Community
These (and other) posters were created and displayed.
(We also gave away hundreds of masks.)
Educating the Public and Promoting the Relative Safety of Downtown
Working with the County Department of Health we were able to create a daily update of COVID cases
in the City of Oneonta. (Unfortunately, the County DOH discontinued its breakdown in early December.)