Oneonta residents Trevor LeFever, front, and Benedict Schlimmer, rear, paddle on the Susquehannah through Emmons, near Fortin Park, during today’s 56th annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta. The 70-mile canoe race brings professional paddlers from all over North America to the Susquehanna every year on Memorial Day weekend. LeFever and Schlimmer, racing in the Pro class, came through Oneonta in second place, behind veterans Steve Lajoie and Andy Triebold. Pictured at right, Congressional candidate Erin Collier, Cooperstown, cheers on her brother Todd Collier and his partner Luke Banner. Collier, who is running against six other Democrats in the June 26 primary for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, was part of her brother’s pit crew, and waded into the river to give him a fresh water bottle and a quick snack. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – The state Board of Elections determined this afternoon that Cooperstown native Erin Collier’s signatures on her campaign petition were valid, clearing the way for her name to appear on the ballot in the 19th Congressional District Democratic primary June 26.
Collier garnered over 2,700 signatures on her petition, more than double the amount that is required and, according to Collier, more than most other congressional candidates in the 19th.
But her petition was challenged by Gardiner Town Democratic Party vice chair Barbara Rose Sides, who contested many of the signatures. The Gardiner Democrats had endorsed Pat Ryan, an Iraq veteran and tech executive who lives in proximity.
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown sisters Kristen and Dana Leonard spoke in front of a large gathering of local high school students this morning during the Otego County Youth Food Movement, an event organized by the sisters to raise awareness for local agriculture and farming. The students listened to multiple presenters speak about locally sourced food. District 19 Congresisonal Candidate Erin Collier, D-Cooperstown, pictured at right, was one of the speakers, who talked about her experience growing up on a farm in Cooperstown, and why local agriculture is important.
Afterwards, the students visited three different stations where they learned hands-on about locally sourced produce. The students also made “disco soup,” which is soup made from produce that was rejected from supermarkets based on appearance. The soup that the students made will be served at tomorrow’s farmer’s market in Cooperstown. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
CANDIDATES FORUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Democrat Congressional candidates for the 19th district, Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, and Pat Ryan discuss issues, more. HIRC Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCollegeDems/
YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 p.m. Workshop introducing children to methods archaeologists use to find and identify archaeological sites. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso
COOPERSTOWN – Erin Collier, a Cooperstown Central graduate, nationally ranked tri-athlete, and daughter of a local beef farmer, announced today she is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District, where she will be the only woman against six Democrats.
“I’m not going to let those boys beat me,” she declares in a video posted on http://people.com/politics/erin-collier-running-new-york-district-19/