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letter to editor

Performance-Review Missteps Show Need For County Reform
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Performance-Review Missteps

Show Need For County Reform

Editor’s Note:  The letter was inadvertently not published in this week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.  Letters to the Editor for publication in the newspapers may be send to info@allotsego.com

To the Editor:

I am writing to continue the discussion about future of Otsego County government operations and achieving success for taxpayers.

I have outlined the many challenges we face with our current county government operation.  The status quo is not working, and there is consensus that change must occur, but there is disagreement about the path forward.

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Katz: Allstadt, Tillapaugh ‘Incredible’ Trustees

Katz: Allstadt, Tillapaugh ‘Incredible’ Trustees

To the Editor:

The Village of Cooperstown is incredibly fortunate to have Ellen Tillapaugh and Lou Allstadt run for re-election. They are two of the finest trustees to have ever served the village. Their dedication, intelligence, open-mindedness and knowledge of village government and issues have resulted in profoundly positive results.

To have someone of Lou’s corporate experience and talent serve the village is almost hard to believe. On the Finance & Personnel Committee, his ability to analyze our organization has resulted in a more streamlined, less costly government. As chair of the Buildings Committee and member of the Streets Committee, his management and oversight skills have improved how the village works on many issues, but no more so than in the commitment to fixing Village Hall at 22 Main St. On the Economic Development & Sustainability Committee, Lou’s leadership in energy efficiency and new ways of approaching our traditional ways of doing things has resulted in huge savings to the village, as well as a fresh and positive reputation for Cooperstown that has garnered national attention.

For decades before she was elected as trustee in 2011, Ellen Tillapaugh was the epitome of community service. She was the second female president of the Cooperstown Rotary Club and involved in more community activities than I can list here. As a trustee and deputy mayor (beginning in 2013), Ellen has brought invaluable insight to all of her roles, especially as chair of Finance and Personnel, Parks and Public Safety. Her knowledge of the village, where we’ve been and where we need to go, has been a major reason why, since her election, the village has moved forward in such positive ways.

It is undeniable that the Village of Cooperstown’s budget has never been healthier, that more work is being done at a quicker pace, that we are being awarded more grants and that an incredible amount of constructive change has occurred. The village is  in a much better place now financially and with its infrastructure because the Board of Trustees is productive, creating a more efficient, less costly government. None of this would have happened without Lou Allstadt and Ellen Tillapaugh. Please vote for them on Election Day.

JEFF KATZ

Mayor

Village of Cooperstown

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letter: Blabey Cites Intelligent Management, Vision

Blabey Cites Intelligent Management, Vision

To the Editor:

During the past few years I have been extremely impressed with the effective administration of the Village of Cooperstown.  I attribute this to the professionalism and hard work of our mayor and Board of Trustees, which I have witnessed up close as a member of the Planning Board and the Economic Sustainability Committee.

Lou Allstadt and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch are valued members of the village’s administrative team and are now up for re-election.   In my opinion, they take practical and deliberate approaches to solving village problems.  They are sensitive to the concerns of residents.  But most importantly of all, they understand that change is inevitable and unless the village manages it intelligently, change can have long-term negative consequences.

Intelligent management requires a vision.  They have one, which is to preserve what we all love best about Cooperstown while simultaneously encouraging economic revitalization through the implementation of forward-looking policies.

My wife Anne and I therefore urge the residents of Cooperstown to vote for Lou and Ellen on March 21.

RICHARD BLABEY

Cooperstown

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