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Walker Officially ‘Loves Otsego,’ Judge Declares
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Walker Officially ‘Loves

Otsego,’ Judge Declares

Marietta Will Use ‘Otsego United’ Line

COOPERSTOWN – Republican Tim Walker is the winner of this round of the contest with county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, for the District 8 seat on the county Board of Representatives.

State Supreme Court Judge Eugene D. Faughnan today issued his opinion in an action brought by Marietta:  “Independent party names are only protected to the extent their petitions for the same office are filed first, for that election cycle.  There is nothing in the election law which provides any ‘year over year’ protection to an independent party’s name or symbol.”

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Election Board Employee Filed On Walker’s Behalf
MARIETTA: I NEVER HAD A CHANCE

Election Board Employee

Filed On Walker’s Behalf

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andrew Marietta
Tim Walker

COOPERSTOWN – Republican Tim Walker never filed for the “I Love Otsego” independent ballot line, according to the Democratic incumbent, Andrew Marietta.

“It was a Republican board of elections employee who brought them in and filed them,” he said in a text following yesterday’s state Supreme Court hearing on the matter.  “The employee had access to the building far before anyone else, so there was never any way I was going to beat them for ‘I Love Otsego’.”

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Judge Grills Dem Lawyer At ‘I Love Otsego’ Hearing

MARIETTA VS. WALKER ARGUED

Judge Grills Dem Lawyer

At ‘I Love Otsego’ Hearing

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

Judge Eugene D. Faughnan

COOPERSTOWN – State Supreme Court Judge Eugene D. Faughnan said he expects to make a decision by Monday on the dispute over the “I Love Otsego” ballot line between county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, and his Republican challenger Tim Walker.

But at today’s hearing at the state Supreme Court here, he closely questioned Marietta’s lawyer, Dennis Laughlin, on his brief arguing Marietta’s case, and stated at one point, “The case law seems to say, first-in counts.”

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‘I Love Otsego’ Case Going Before Judge

‘I Love Otsego’ Case

Going Before Judge

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – A court action was filed today on behalf of county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, seeking to reclaim the “I Love Otsego” independent line on the Nov. 8 ballot from his Republican challenger, Tim Walker.

Marietta’s lawyer, Dennis Laughlin, said the local county judges, Brian Burns and John Lambert, recused themselves, and the case was assigned to state Supreme Court Judge Jeffrey Tait in Binghamton, who will review the papers and set a hearing date.

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Young Book Lovers Flock To Little Library Opening

Young Book Lovers Flock

To Little Library Opening

Elizabeth Dunn provides a comfortable backstop for Charlotte Feury, 9, as she immerses herself in Phineas and Ferb's "Agent P's Guide to Fighting Evil" at the Little Library's inaugural event, which continues until 2:30 p. m. at 42-44 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown. The Little Library is a 70-nation undertaking to help young people share books; the local effort was organized by the Marietta family, dad Andrew, mom Melissa and sisters Caroline and Charlotte. Harry Potter (Mark Conchie of Oneonta), seen in the background, showed up for the event. Among the prizes were county Treasurer Dan Crowell's "The SEWA Movement & Rural Development," won by Mia Kaltenbach, 9. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elizabeth Dunn provides a comfortable backstop for Charlotte Feury, 9, as she immerses herself in Phineas and Ferb’s “Agent P’s Guide to Fighting Evil” at the Little Library‘s inaugural event this afternoon, which continues until 2:30 p. m. at 42-44 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown. The Little Library is a 70-nation undertaking to help young people share books; the local effort was organized by the Marietta family, dad Andrew, mom Melissa and sisters Caroline and Charlotte. Harry Potter (Mark Conchie of Oneonta), seen in the background, showed up for the event. Among the prizes were county Treasurer Dan Crowell’s “The SEWA Movement & Rural Development,” won by Mia Kaltenbach, 9. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Marietta Reorganize Draft Of County’s Strategic Plan

Marietta Reorganizes Draft

Of County’s Strategic Plan

His Version Would Designate Responsibility,
And Set Deadlines For Getting Things Done

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Marietta
County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Fly Creek.

COOPERSTOWN – By today’s deadline for comment, freshman county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Fly Creek, has reorganized the county’s draft strategic plan into an action plan.

THE LABERGE MATERIAL
THE MARIETTA REDRAFT

He noted a mission statement, typical in such plans, is missing, and he added examples from the Chenango and Broome plans.   He also developed a SWOT analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – from the Laberge material.

Finally, he extracted action steps, and set up a grid that would allow the county reps, if they chose to do so, to designate who is responsible for each action step, and set deadlines for accomplishing them.

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Onboard Oneonta Attracts 55 Future County Leaders

Onboard Oneonta Attracts

55 Future County Leaders

In a breakout session, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig talks with some of the 55 future community leaders who attended Onboard Oneonta Thursday evening, designed by the NYCON (the state Council of Nonprofits), to interest younger people in participating in community boards. NYCON Regional Director Andrew Marietta said, by evening's end, several had volunteers for vacancies on the boards of local nonprofits.
In a breakout session, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig talks with some of the 55 future community leaders who attended Onboard Oneonta Thursday evening, designed by the NYCON (the state Council of Nonprofits), to interest younger people in participating in community boards. NYCON Regional Director Andrew Marietta said, by evening’s end, several had volunteers for vacancies on the boards of local nonprofits.
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