Kim K. Muller, Mayor
...Oneonta Mayor and State Committee Member Kim MullerKim Muller was elected Mayor of Oneonta with a two-to-one margin in November 1997.She is the City's first woman mayor.As Mayor, she has focused her administration efforts on improving the economic climate of Oneonta.
Establishing economic development as the number one priority has led to projects such as the soon to be completed downtown Clarion Hotel, the Oneonta
Susquehanna Greenway, a streamlined business regulatory process, aggressive recruitment of new business and industry, the beginnings of a performing arts center adn the HUD-funded "Water Street Initiative," a project to enhance downtown and improve public safety.Muller
has also worked to improve intermunicipal cooperation with the school district, town and county, and has successfully sought financial support from the state and federal government to improve Oneonta
's assets and infrastructure.Mayor Muller has been an active member of the New York Conference of Mayors, and has served as a member of its Legislative and Nominating Committees.Kim Muller was a four-term member of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, first elected in 1985 to represent the 12th District from the City of Oneonta.She
was the second woman and, at the age of 28, the youngest person ever elected to the Board.As County Representative, she served on most of the Board Committees including Budget, Ways and Means; Waste Management; and Contract Negotiations.She
was recognized for her
work on solid waste management issues and, as a strong proponent of recycling, was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo in March 1989 to serve on the NYS Solid Waste Management Board.Muller
was also noted for her
consistent efforts to strengthen the local economic climate; improve fiscal responsibility in County government; and enhance public input on issues before the County Board
.While on the Board, Muller served on Governor Cuomo's Upstate Council of Elected Officials from 1990-93.She
also worked with Secretary of State Gail Shaffer and State Senator Mary Goodhue as a Board Director of the Statewide Association of Women Officeholders
from 1988-1992.Muller served as Chair of the Otsego County Democratic Committee from 1991-1997, having previously served for three years as Vice Chair.She is also a member of the NYS Democratic Committee, and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2000, 1996 and 1988.She also serves as Parliamentarian on the Board of Directors of the NYS Democratic Rural Conference which was established to bring attention to issues and concerns of citizens in the 40 rural counties across New York State.Active in community organizations, Mrs. Muller played a major role in founding the State University College at Oneonta's Children's Center, and served on its Board from 1984-86.Other organizations on which she served as Board member include YMCA (2000), Otsego Urban-Rural Self-Development Associates (1986-1987), NYS Health Systems Agency Sub area Council (1986-88), the Oneonta Federated Garden Club (1990-95), and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta (1994).She was liaison to the Community Mental Health Services Board from 1986-1993, and to the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts Decentralization Panel (1987, 1990-93).Muller works part-time as the Manager of the Grants Development Office at SUNY Oneonta.After earning a Bachelor's degree in geology from SUNY Binghamton in 1979, she worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, DC, until 1982.In 1981, Mayor Muller received a US Department of Interior Special Achievement Award.After moving to Oneonta, she worked as a teaching assistant while completing graduate courses in hydrogeology at SUNY.Before moving to Oneonta, Muller served as staff volunteer for U.S.
has two daughters, Hannah, 18, and Chloe, 9