On coming out of executive session, board chair Devin Morgan said a special meeting may be called in the near future to act on the appointment.
Residents report being without cellphone connections since Friday evening.
‘THIS BIRD HAS BEEN SET FREE’
ONEONTA – Joe Ruffino Jr. announced to his customers on his website today that, after 45 years of the “daily grind” of making pizza – since age 7 – and running a business in Upstate New York, he has closed Joe Ruffino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 222 Main St.
“I have known for a while that I couldn’t maintain that work ethic forever,” he said. “No one is in the bullpen ready to relieve me … Now it’s time for my wife and I to move forward to a new beginning. It may seem like my wings have been clipped, but in reality this bird has been set free.”
HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED
All hands are on deck, including proprietor Perry Ferrara’s wife Cathy, foreground, as the Railroad Inn, the new boutique hotel at Railroad and Glen avenues, Cooperstown, prepares to welcome its first guests tomorrow evening. Ferrara, in right photo with Cathy, said the first-floor rooms will be occupied Friday evening, and by next weekend – Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – all 22 rooms will be completed and filled. Crews have been renovating the historic hops-storage facility since last October, which had been vacant since businessman Mike Manno bought the former Agway in 2009 and restored the exterior. Ferrara, who has operated Cat Construction on Long Island for 30 years, said bringing the building back to life while preserving the historic ambiance has been a particularly satisfying part of this project. Bob Holt, at the registration desk, former manager of the Best Western in Harwtick Seminary, is managing the new hotel. Helping Mrs. Ferrara in the top photo are, from left, friends Lorraine Banfield and Cathy DiResta, and Cassie Sawyer of Worcester. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
FULL STORY IN NEXT WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
FERRARA LOOKS TO MID-JULY
Perry Ferrara, top photo, proprietor of the soon-to-open Railroad Inn on Cooperstown’s Railroad Avenue, shows off one of four two-story accommodations planned in the 22-room hotel. After eight months of renovations, Ferrara, who also operates the Hardball Cafe and Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, said he hopes to have the establishment open for business by mid-July. In recent days, he recruited Bob Holt, veteran hotelier (most recently at Best Western in Hartwick Seminary) and Destination Marketing of Otsego County board member, as Railroad Inn manager. A tour of the building today showed renovations on the verge of completion. All the rooms have been sheet-rocked, and Ferrara said he expect them to be painted and doors installed by the middle of next week. In some rooms, furniture was already being assembled. And a roofed veranda is nearing completion on the north end. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)