New Oneonta Board Member Ready to Learn


Skylar thompson

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special on

Elected on November 4 for his first term as a member of the Town of Oneonta board of directors at just 24, Skylar Thompson says he looks forward to working on the “everyday issues” impacting the city. place where he lived all his life.

“This is what local politics affects the most,” said the young Republican. He cited rural broadband and improving the city’s parks and recreation facilities as two areas of general interest, but also said he was eager to hear about the city government’s priorities.

“I think the biggest problem right now is just making sure people have the ability to do the things they want to do,” he said. “Making sure our parks are places where parents can take their children and feel safe with their children going alone. “

He said he wanted to encourage people to move to the area through better housing and a favorable tax environment.

“I’m not talking about building apartment complexes or that sort of thing,” he said. “I’m just talking about keeping property taxes not at a level where people feel like they don’t want to move to the town of Oneonta.”

“I can’t wait to start,” he said. “I want to listen to the ideas of others and work with them on issues that affect the City as a whole. I know I have a lot to learn, but I know I have a lot to add.

“I am one of the five members of city council,” said Mr. Thompson. “I just want to hear everyone’s ideas and just like my campaign slogan said, follow the idea that ‘working together works’. Maybe I have my ideas and they have theirs and we all work, let’s come to the table and say, “Okay, this one makes the most sense now, maybe the next one makes more sense down the line. “

Born in Oneonta, Mr. Thompson is Commissioner of the West Oneonta Fire Department Finance Board. He said his colleagues in the ministry encouraged him to run for city council. In addition to his board duties starting in January 2022, he coaches college basketball in Franklin and works at Community Bank in Walton. A graduate of Hartwick College with a degree in political science, he enjoys reading the biographies of his heroes such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

“Politics has always been one of my interests,” he said. “It’s not just what the news describes. There is a science behind it.


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