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Moratorium Likely On Tourist Rentals
COOPERSTOWN VILLAGE BOARD

Moratorium Likely

On Tourist Rentals

Planning Board Chairman Gene Berman, front right, listens to Village Board last Monday debate a moratorium he recommended on tourist rentals. Surrounding him are, from left, Planning Board member Joe Membrino, HARB member Roger MacMillan, and ZBA member Marcie Schwartzman. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Village ZEO Jane Gentile reports on the legal status of the 45 rental accommodations for tourists in the village. Also attending was her husband, Tony Gentile, the county’s code enforcement officer.

Editor’s Note:  This article was incomplete in this week’s edition of The Freeman’s Journal.   Here is the full report.

COOPERSTOWN  – After a “rash of applications” raise some public concern, the trustees are moving ahead on a nine-month moratorium on allowing homeowners to rent rooms to Dreams Park families and other tourists.

The Village Board scheduled a public hearing on the measure for 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, and it can then be voted on that evening, blocking additional tourist accommodations, including new B&Bs, until next March.

“It will freeze everything in place,” Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh advised the trustees at their monthly meeting April 24.  Although two applications that are already being reviewed would get in under the wire.

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COO Elizabeth Horvath Resigns From Otsego Now

COO Elizabeth Horvath

Resigns From Otsego Now

Elizabeth Horvath

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Horvath, Otsego Now chief operating officer, announced her resignation today.  She has accepted another position, and said she would announce the details at a later date.

Her hiring was announced in January 2014 along with that of Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now CEO, at a press conference in IDA office in Oneonta’s old city hall.

Prior to the IDA, she was a senior director at CEB, a member-based advisory firm, managing research and client relationships in the Corporate Strategy practice, and holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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BUD SELIG AWED AS HALL BECKONS

Commissioner At 22 Main Today

BUD SELIG AWED 

AS HALL BECKONS

A few minutes ago, Bud Selig, the former MLB commissioner, signs the base where his plaque will be mounted the evening of Sunday, July 30, after he joins players Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez, and fellow executive John Schuerholz in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction that afternoon at the Clark Sports Center fields. As commissioner, Selig had been on the Induction rostrum for 17 years (1998-2015), but confessed he was awed during today’s orientation at the thought of joining baseball’s immortals in the Hall of Plaques. Making a point of stopping at Hank Aaron’s plaque, he recalled that weekend in 1981 when inductees were to be announced. Aaron kept calling Selig’s office: “‘Have you heard?’ ‘Have you heard?’ So when we heard, he was the first one we called,” said the former commissioner recalled. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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In Renovated Hawkeye, All Diners View Otsego Lake

In Renovated Hawkeye Grill,

All Diners View Otsego Lake

Jim Miles, The Otesaga’s general manager, gestures toward the new expanded and renovated Hawkeye Bar & Grill, which reopened for business at noon today after four months of renovations, which moved the bar into the former Templeton Lounge and expanded seating by 20 tables, with a wall of windows facing Otsego Lake. The former bar area was converted to two private dining rooms, The Templeton and The Pioneer, with a “wall of wine,” holding over 1,000 bottles, separating them. Miles reported that the lunch crowd was “complimentary” about the changes, and he expected a strong showing for dinner this evening.    Last evening, Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Leatherstocking Corp., which owns The Otesaga, held a reception for all the contractors.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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In Cooperstown, Moratorium; In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Cooperstown, Moratorium;

In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Hometown Oneonta, Mayor Herzig is running again, downtown landlord Seth Clark has seen the light on the city’s $14 million DRI, and much more. In Cooperstown, a moratorium is likely on Dreams Park housing, a Cooperstown Bat outbuilding burned in Hartwick hamlet, and much more. Both newspapers on newsstands this afternoon.

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Take The First Tour Of NEW Clark Sports Center

Take The First Tour Of

NEW Clark Sports Center

Get the first inside look at the newly renovated Clark Sports Center, in the making since November 2015, in this week’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon. Here, Director Val Paige looks down on state-of-the-art equipment in the new facility. The grand opening is planned for Saturday, June 17, but reporter Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin were given a preview in advance of the sport center’s induction tomorrow evening into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s new Hall of Fame. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73; Active In Civic Life, Church
IN MEMORIAM

Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73;

Active In Civic Life, Church

Diane C. Diandiorio

ARNOLD LAKE – Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73, a civic leader who also was active in the Catholic Church, died on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Florida, where she spent winters with her husband.

Diane was born on Staten Island, the daughter of Louis J. Catella and Marie Riche Catella. She attended Notre Dame Academy, Hunter College, and then New York College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s in music.

In 1964 she married Dr. James A. Iandiorio, also of Staten Island, and they later relocated to Upstate New York, where she initially worked as a music instructor within the SUNY system at Bugbee School in Oneonta. She then ran her husband’s chiropractic practice, as the office manager, for over three decades.

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Katz: Village Would Cooperate If Immigration Officials Asked
READ RESOLUTION TRUSTEES PASSED TONIGHT

Katz: Village Would Cooperate

If Immigration Officials Asked

COOPERSTOWN – A few moments ago, Mayor Jeff Katz said the Village Board this evening did not intend to declare Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.”

He said the resolution unanimously approved was intended to narrowly apply to provision of immigration law where the federal government could “delegate” responsibility to enforce immigration law on localities like Cooperstown – and village police lack the resources to handle that.

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COOPERSTOWN BAT FACILITY IN FLAMES

COOPERSTOWN BAT

FACILITY IN FLAMES

Victoria Claudy of Hartwick was at the scene at the end of Poplar Street in Hartwick hamlet this evening as flames consumed the former mill there. “This is a piece of Hartwick’s history going down in flames,” she reported.  “I was able to get very close to the fire to capture these photos.”  The building was still burning as the sun went down. The lower right photo shows the corner of the building where a neighbor first reported seeing flames.

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

HARTWICK – A long-vacant sawmill in this hamlet that Cooperstown Bat Co. reopened just a couple of weeks ago to manufacture billets for baseball bats was destroyed this evening in a smokey blaze.

Fire departments from Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Cooperstown, Milford, Fly Creek, Mount Vision, Laurens and Edmeston responded to a 6:20 p.m. call and were still pouring water on the structure at the end of Popular Street as the sun went down two hours later.

By then, flames were no longer evident, but billows of smoke were coming out from under the eaves of the low-slung red building, about 50 yards long.

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Cooperstown Now ‘Sanctuary Village’

Cooperstown Now

‘Sanctuary Village’

Without discussion, the Village Board prepares a few minutes ago to unanimously approve a resolution declaring Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.” From left are Trustees Dean, Falk and Kuch, Village Attorney Tillapaugh, Mayor Katz, Village Administrator Barown, and Trustees, Sternberg, Allstadt and Maxson. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board a few minutes ago declared Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.”

On a motion by Trustee Cindy Falk, seconded by Trustee Jim Dean, trustees and Mayor Jeff Katz voted unanimously, 7-0, not “to participate in the Delegation of Immigration Authority”under the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1996.  The vote was perfunctory, without discussion.

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