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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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Republican To Challenge Marietta For County Board

Republican To Challenge

Marietta For County Board

Dems Berliant, Martini Target Bliss, Gelbsman

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Walker today officially announced his candidacy for Otsego County Board Representatives in District 8, Town of Otsego (which includes most of Cooperstown).

He is challenging Democrat Andrew Marietta, who is completing his first term and plans to run again.

While the deadline for filing petitions is still a month away, the fall campaign is already heating up.

In the last 24 hours, Leslie Berliant, a writer and entrepreneur, announced she is challenging David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, and Hartwick College professor Adrienne Martini is challenging Craig Gelbsman, R-City of Oneonta.  In all, Democrats have identified 12 candidates so far to run in the 14 districts.

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