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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that John Scarzafava, Attorney at Law, with Scarzafava & Basdekis Law Firm of Oneonta, will be the recipient and honored this year for the prestigious Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award.  The Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award, established in 2002, is given to a citizen of Otsego County who has made a long-term impact on our region and who gives back to the community through their business. The Scarzafava & Basdekis Law Firm and Mr. Scarzafava recently received the US News & World Reports’ highest honor awarded to a personal injury law firm.  Mr. Scarzafava is a community leader and contributes to many local service activities such as the United Way Campaign, The Pit Run, Boys and Girls Club, and Otsego County Family Services.  He also served on the A.O. Fox Memorial Board of Directors.


John Scarzafava

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year Award will be presented to Brewery Ommegang based in Cooperstown N.Y.  Brewery Ommegang is America’s most unique microbrewery.  Founded on the site of a former hop farm in upstate New York, Brewery Ommegang is a magical place where brewing is an art and partaking is a passion.


“Brewery Ommegang is so pleased to receive this honor.  We’re incredibly fortunate to live and work in a community as wonderful as Otsego Country,” said Simon Thorpe, President and CEO of Brewery Ommegang and Duvel USA.  “We are honored to include Cooperstown, NY on every bottle of beer we distribute and to share a little piece of our wonderful community with the country and the world.”

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Simon Thorpe

“This year we want to celebrate the greatness of Otsego County, and to have a treasure like Brewery Ommegang that is woven into the fabric of our community and recognized across America is a tribute to the entire region.  That a homegrown business built from the ground up is having a national impact, that truly spells success,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

Award recipients will be honored on Friday, March 28, 2014 at The  28th  Annual NBT Distinguished Dinner and Celebration of Business at the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta.  The theme this year is “Think Local First” which is an awareness campaign that the Cooperstown and Otsego County Chambers of Commerce have been collaborating on in recognizing the great businesses we have here in Otsego County. To make reservations to attend this event please visit our website at https://otsegocc.com or contact The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 207





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