(Photo by AllOtsego.com)
(Photo by AllOtsego.com)

In a story by AllOtsego.com, it was reported that discussions were underway within the Otsego County Board of Representatives to decide if a county DMV office should close and if so, which one.  County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner (photo above) made a appearance at the county board meeting this week to explain why she has closed the Oneonta DMV office. Sinnott Gardner explained that The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, looking for funds to fill Empire State coffers drained by the coronavirus, is ending reimbursements to counties for services provided.  She argued the main office should remain open in Cooperstown since it's the county seat and headquarters of county government.

County Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, argued that with the larger population, the colleges and proximity to I-88, the Oneonta office should be kept and the Cooperstown one closed.  After County Rep. Michele Farwell, D-Morris, asked for a breakdown of which office generates the most funds, Sinnott Gardner replied that she would have to do research to find out. It should be noted that no matter what information is uncovered, ultimately the closure of a DMV office is not a county board matter, it's up to the county clerk to choose which office to close.

We would like to have input from you.  How do you feel about this issue?  Let us know.  Which DMV office would you rather see closed, Oneonta or Cooperstown?  Please comment below.

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