POLLS OPEN NOON-9 P.M.
COOPERSTOWN – Polls will be open noon-9 p.m. today at the fire hall on Chestnut Street to resolve a nailbiter.
After the Tuesday, Sept. 15, village election, delayed from Wednesday, March 18, due to the coronavirus, Benton and Robbins opted for a runoff election instead of a coin-toss to resolve the race.
Check back after 9 this evening for results. Meanwhile, here are questionnaires the two candidates completed outlining their view of the issues and plans if elected.
AND REMEMBER TO VOTE!
Former Assemblyman Served
As NY Liquor Board Chairman
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – At a time of heightened concern about voting and related procedures, Cooperstown’s Tony Casale, the former state Assemblyman, has been appointed to the vacancy on the four-member state Board of Elections.
Governor Cuomo made the appointment yesterday on the recommendation of state Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy.
The board has two co-chairs, recommended to the governor by the legislative leaders; the other two are recommended by the state party chairs. The board must consist of two Republicans and two Democrats.
Trustee Calls Tradition ‘Frivolous’
COOPERSTOWN – With the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat, it’s all tricks, minimal treats this Halloween.
The Cooperstown Chamber has indicated to the Village Board during their meeting this evening that they would not be hosting a Halloween parade, citing COVID-19 concerns.
“I did speak to Tara (Burke) and she said the chamber would not be seeking a permit request for the parade,” said Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. “But many businesses are going to continue giving out candy, as they have for the last decade.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints’ with Assistant Curator of American Art Ann Cannon featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – Nine SUNY Oneonta students, one Hartwick College student and five county residents have tested positive for COVID in the past four days, according to a press release from Heidi Bond, public health director, Otsego County Department of Health.
Of the nine SUNY students, she said, five of those are new infections, with the other four students having already recovered, but had not been reported as being positive to the health department until now.
Gun-Making Factory To Be Auctioned
ILION – The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Otsego, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties, today pledged their support to Remington Arms’ employees at the plant here that’s about to be auctioned off.
“We stand ready to work with the new owners,” the legislators said in a statement, “and will be reaching out to them immediately, to ensure the company will flourish and expand. Remington is more than an economic driver, it is a way of life in our region and the company’s future success is vital to everyone in the Mohawk Valley.”
Local members include state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblymen John Salka, R-Brookfield, and Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, who represent all or part of Otsego County. The plant employs many in-county employees, particularly in the Richfield Springs area.
As “a non-profit organization dependent on large groups of people coming together,” Foothills Performing Arts Center has posted a video describing how it is adapting to the COVID-19 threat, and announcing Paypal and GoFundMe fundraising efforts to remain solvent during the crisis.
FLY CREEK – Yvonne Megan Chandler-Colby, 54, of Fly Creek, died Sept. 25, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., after an extended struggle against cancer and heart failure, while being transported via ambulance to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Born Yvonne Megan Chandler on Feb. 2, 1966, at Bassett Hospital, she was a daughter of George Henry and Nancy (Hunt) Chandler and was baptized Episcopal at Christ Church in Cooperstown. Raised in Fly Creek, she graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1984. She married Dean Robert Colby August 31, 1991, in Fly Creek.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
BLOOD DRIVE – 2:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Donate blood, help save lives. American Legion Post 616, 13 Lake St., Richfield Springs. 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
FUN PADDLE – 1 – 4 p.m. Take in the sights, sounds on beautiful creek, learn about plants, animals, history of this diverse region with Otsego County Conservation Association. Bring your own (cleaned, drained, & treated) canoe or kayak or reserve one of OCCA’s. Bring water, a snack, & sunscreen. Free, registration required. Butternut Creek. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/occa-calendar/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
PAR FOR PAWS – Come play to benefit homeless, abandoned animals. Golf tournament has been reconfigured this year due to Covid-19. Come play all weekend, just mention that you are playing to support the Susquehana SPCA. Admission, $40/person. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-9290 or visit sqspca.org