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Josephine A. Bertino, 89; Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Family

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine A. Bertino, 89;

Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Family

Josephine A. Bertino

COOPERSTOWN – Josephine A. Bertino, 89, who moved to Upstate New York in 2010 to be near her family, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Oct, 25, 2019, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home & Rehab in New Berlin.

She was born July 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, the only child of Peter Fatta, a Sicilian immigrant, and Rose (Rosalia) née Lucido Fatta. During her teen years she played piano at Carnegie Hall and developed a deep interest and love of music. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, where Julius LaRosa was one of her classmates.

Josephine Martucci, 87; Retired Here From Staten Island In 1993

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Martucci, 87;

Retired Here From Staten Island In 1993

Josephine Martucci

MIDDLEFIELD – Josephine Rosalie Martucci, who retired to Middlefield from Staten Island in 1993, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, with her children by her side.

She was born Nov. 10, 1930, on Staten Island, daughter of Fredinando and Antoinette (Rendittis) Ciaburri.

Josephine married Anthony Martucci in 1951. They shared 61 years of marriage.

A graduate of New Dorp High School on Staten Island, Josephine was employed by Chin & Lee Chow Mein Co. in Manhattan until beginning a family. As her children grew up, she worked various jobs until retiring as a school bus matron on the bus her husband drove. In 1993, they moved to Middlefield.

This Week — Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

HISTORY IS MADE!  Kathy Chase of Cooperstown, center, was the first Otsego County voter to cast a ballot under the state’s new early voting law. Polls opened Saturday, Oct. 26, at the county’s Meadows Office Complex, and early voting continues daily through Sunday, Nov. 3.  For schedule, click here.   (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Vote Expected Nov. 6 On County Manager

Trustees Remove Dorms From New Zoning

Schenevus, Worcester Schools Revisit Merger

Oneonta Christian Academy Seeks Otego Site

SUNY Team Bus, Moose Collide In Adirondacks

6-Month Moratorium Planned On Dunkin’ Site

Fire-Extinguisher Drive Honors Fallen Fireman

EDITORIAL

Early Voting Offers Opportunities, Dangers

COLUMNS

LEAGUE: 5¢ Deposit Creates Right Incentives

ZAGATA: Democrats Blame The Other Guy

McEVOY: Let’s Give Democrats A Chance

POLITICAL LETTERS

McHUGH: Basile Promises Energy, Openness

NORTHRUP: Broadband, Renewables, Pot, Why Not?

SHUE: Harrington Rooted In 6th Ward Politics

MANNION: Drnek Knows Most About Ward 8

HUNTSMAN: Basile Qualified For County Board

SERAFIN: Tonner Passionate, Determined, Confident

BUTTERMANN: Basile Assumes Growing Responsibility

MOWERS: Holleran Wants Oneontans To Run Town

MARIETTA: Bi-Partisanship Moves County Forward

AVANZATO:  Drnek Knows How To Promote Business

MALLOY: Buccheri Understands Laurens’ Needs

ALLOTSEGO.life

Travisano’s New Book Reveals Poet’s Trauma

SUNY Chorus Bring World’s Music To Oneonta

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Oct. 31, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Nov. 1, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Joseph Kenyon, 86; Served 20 Years On County Board

Lawrence Gennarino, 85; Navy Vet Worked At Bendix

Edith M. Catella, 93; Head Bookkeeper At Sears

Kenneth Robinson, 53: Memorial Service Nov. 2

Betty Jo Chase, 69; 20-Year Bassett Nurse’s Aide

Josephine Bertino, 89; Planned SSPCA Fashion Show

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Josephine Croce, 96; Moved To County From Staten Island

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Croce, 96;

Moved To County From Staten Island

ONEONTA – Josephine Croce, 96, of Oneonta, whose husband was Wilber Bank branch manager in Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Chestnut Park Rehab & Nursing Center.

She was born on April 28, 1922, in Brooklyn, the daughter of James and Elsie (Abruzzo) Maceli.  She married Alfred Croce on Nov. 12, 1949. He predeceased her on May 27, 2008.

Josephine Graham, 88; Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Graham, 88;

Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

MILFORD — Josephine A. Graham, 88, of Division Street, Milford, who worked at Smalley’s Theatre, the original Newberry’s and other Cooperstown retail landmarks, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Claudine (Smith) Wilber.

She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown. After sixth grade she “graduated” to Cooperstown Central School.

Om, Meow, Om, Meow Cats Join Yoga Practitioners At SSPCA Fundraiser

Om, Meow, Om, Meow

Cats Join Yoga Practitioners At SSPCA Fundraiser

At this hour, cats from the Susquehanna SPCA are participating in instructor Lisa Brown’s yoga class in the Cooperstown Baptist Church community room on Elm Street. The SSPCA provided five up-for-adoption cats for the event, but only two got in the swing of things. “The people who are doing yoga are having a good time,” said Pastor Joe Perdue. “And it’s good for the cats – it’s socializing them, getting them used to being around people,” and thus improving their chances of adoption. The pastor got the idea from his wife, Julia, who does yoga with their cat, and also from the goat yoga being practiced at NY Goat Yoga in Gilbertsville. There are fantastic instructors who take part in these yoga sessions and if you’re interested in becoming a yoga instructor, then click here to find out more. The fee to participate is $10. Instructor and host usually split that, but both are donating their share to SSPCA. Donations to the drive are being matched this month by the Staffworks Charitable Fund’s “Safe a Life” campaign. To donate to the SSPCA drive, visit www.sqspca.org (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Planned Parenthood Hails

ISSUE & DEBATE

Planned Parenthood Hails,
Right To Life Decries Passage
Of Reproductive Rights Law

►FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Today the New York State Legislature moved our state forward with milestone legislation securing our reproductive health care and rights.
In the face of constant federal attacks and a new anti-Roe majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie led their houses in passing legislation keeping essential reproductive health care in our hands, with the Reproductive Health Act, protecting our right to abortion care.
We (at Planned Parenthood) applaud the leadership of the legislature, bill sponsors, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for their commitment to securing our reproductive freedom and rights at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session.
As other states roll back abortion rights and access, the RHA enshrines the standard of Roe v. Wade in our state law. With over a decade of advocacy for the RHA, reproductive health care activists statewide are celebrating New York’s refusal to turn back the clock on safe, legal abortion and acknowledgment of the centrality of accessible reproductive health care.
“We cannot overstate how important it is for all New Yorkers to have the ability to control their own bodies and determine their own destinies, ” said Robin Chappelle Golston, state Planned Parenthood CEO. “As we continue to face challenges … on the federal level, it is paramount that New York is the beacon and state model of what reproductive health care should be.”

 

►FROM NY RIGHT TO LIFE

New York State Right to Life (NYSRTL) is saddened that New York now has what Governor Andrew Cuomo ironically but rightly referred to as “the most aggressive”abortion law in the country.
The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was sold to the public saying it merely “updates” the law by codifying Roe vs. Wade into our statute, which is not true.
RHA has made abortion a “fundamental right” and prohibits all limits on abortion, which Roe vs Wade did not do.
Roe referred to a trimester view toward protecting life, whereas RHA has expanded abortion-on-demand in New York past 24 weeks – well past when unborn children feel pain, are viable, and suffer during the course of an abortion – and up to birth. This is inhumane.
While we look forward to the time when Roe vs Wade is overturned, under Roe various limits on abortion have repeatedly been upheld as constitutional and are favored by the majority of the public, including in New York. The Governor routinely calls people of good will concerned with how we treat human life extreme, whereas it’s this new law that is truly extreme.
NYSRTL will continue to work to expose the misinformation put forth about RHA, protect children and their mothers, protect the rights of pro-life persons to engage in life-saving activities and express their views, and to build a culture of Life in New York.

 

Unilaterally, SSPCA Planning Fees

Unilaterally, SSPCA Planning Fees

Richard Sternberg, who said he was speaking on behalf of the SSPCA Board of Driectors, tells the county Board of Representatives the Shelter plans to unilaterally impose a fee schedule Jan. 1 on government entities that use its services. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Richard Sternberg, saying he was acting on behalf of the Susquehanna SPCA, told what appeared to be a partly surprised county Board of Representatives this evening that the Shelter will begin unilaterally levying fees Jan. 1 on county entities and towns that require its services.

“We will be initiating a billing system,” said Sternberg, the retired Bassett surgeon and Cooperstown village trustee, who said he was acting as an adviser to the Shelter’s Board of Directors.

Speaking at the public hearing on the 2020 county budget at the county courthouse, he said when Executive Director Stacie Haynes’ time is required, a fee of $80 an hour will be levied, with quarter-hour increments. For other staff members, it will be a $40 hour fee, plus $30 per day for caring for each animal housed at the shelter, and 65-cent-per-mile mileage if staffers’ or Shelter vehicles are used.

Sometimes, the county Sheriff’s Department drops off dogs; in that case, the Sheriff’s Department would be charged, Sternberg said. If 911 makes the placement, 911 would be charged. Some towns have contracted with the Shelter; but those that haven’t would be charged according to the same schedule if local dog control officers ask for help. In places like the Village of Cooperstown, which has its own police force, it would be charged if its officers drop off a dog or asked for the shelter’s services.

Sternberg reported the Shelter’s operating budget – not including construction costs – amounted to $719,499.01 in 2018, and said about 10 percent of usage comes from the county, meaning – if this approach stands – county government could expect to be charged $70,000 next year.

At the end of Sternberg’s presentation, county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, told Sternberg the public hearing was just for the budget as it stands, and since no money is now in the budget, the issue could not be discussed in that forum.

County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., who was in the audience, said he believes the Shelter deserves some county support. However, he said he’s unsure if the unilateral fee schedule is enforceable.

During his presentation, Sternberg mentioned a meeting with a county board committee last Friday.

There, he said later, retiring county Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, when presented with the SSPCA ultimatum, asked that a detailed list of donors’ names in the current Shelter Us fund drive and the amount donated should be supplied to the county before any decision is made.

Unilaterally, SSPCA Plans To Levy Fees On County, Towns

Unilaterally, SSPCA

Plans To Levy Fees

On County, Towns

Sternberg Speaks On Shelter’s Behalf

At This Evening’s 2020 Budget Hearing

Richard Sternberg, who said he was speaking on behalf of the SSPCA Board of Directors, tells the county Board of Representatives the Shelter plans to unilaterally impose a fee schedule Jan. 1 on government entities that use its services. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, said, since no money is included in the 2020 budget for the shelter, the topic could not be raised at this evening’s public hearing.

COOPERSTOWN – Richard Sternberg, saying he was acting on behalf of the Susquehanna SPCA, told what appeared to be a partly surprised county Board of Representatives this evening that the Shelter will begin unilaterally levying fees Jan. 1 on county entities and towns that require its services.

“We will be initiating a billing system,” said Sternberg, the retired Bassett surgeon and Cooperstown village trustee, who said he was acting as an adviser to the Shelter’s Board of Directors.

Speaking at the public hearing on the 2020 county budget at the county courthouse, he said when Executive Director Stacie Haynes’ time is required, a fee of $80 an hour will be levied, with quarter-hour increments.  For other staff members, it will be a $40 hour fee, plus $30 per day for caring for each animal housed at the shelter, and 65 cent per mile mileage if staffers’ or Shelter vehicles are used.

SSPCA’s PETS Team Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’, Speared Through Eye

SSPCA’s PETS Team

Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’,

Speared Through Eye

Staffer Showed How Trained Personnel
Can Respond In Emergency, Director Says
Recuperating “Birdie” purrs for its benefactor, PETS team member Allison Hungerford.

MARYLAND – Birdie the cat, stuck to a bird feeder with a wire piercing its eye, was rescued June 13 by the county’s new animal cruelty task force, PETS (Prevention, Education, Training and Systems), the SSPCA announced today.

It was feared the cat would have to be put down but, with care and treatment at the Hartwick Seminary shelter, it now seems Birdie will be fine.

“We are proud to work with first responders who care about animals, and on this day that was certainly the case,” said Stacie Haynes, SSPCA executive director.

Rally to Protect Mueller Probe Planned At 5 In Muller Plaza

Rally to Protect Mueller Probe

Planned At 5 In Muller Plaza

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

ONEONTA – As part of a nationwide protest of the president’s new acting attorney general, a Rally to Protect Mueller Investigation is planned at 5 p.m. today in Muller Plaza, downtown Oneonta, organized by Butternut Valley Indivisible.   “Everyone who loves their country” is invited.

“The Mueller investigation was expected to wrap up quickly as soon as the general election was over,” an invitation emailed overnight says.  “BUT WAIT – The very day after the election, Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed a partisan loyalist, Matt Whitaker, to take his place.

Day-Long Celebration Planned On Museums’ Research Library
Woman Presidential Candidate’s Ephemera Displayed

Day-Long Celebration Planned

On Museums’ Research Library

A day-long celebration is planned Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Research Library on The Fenimore Museum’s grounds. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Belva Lockwood, raised in Niagara County, was the first woman to run for president – in 1884 and 1888 on the National Equal Rights Party ticket. Her ephemera collection will be on display Saturday during the 50th anniversary celebration of The Fenimore Research Library building.

COOPERSTOWN – A full day of programming, including an introduction of the ephemera collection of Belva Lockwood, first woman to run for president of the United States, is planned Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Research Library building at The Fenimore &  Farmers’ Museums.

The daylong open house at the former NYSHA library will include a keynote by retired Library Director Wayne Wright of Oneonta (10 a.m.), 20-minute introductions to the photography collection (11 a.m.) and the geneology resources (1 p.m.), as well as presentations on volunteer opportunities (2 p.m.) and the role played by the CGP (3 p.m.)

The day ends with a 4 p.m. 229th birthday party for James Fenimore Cooper, born on Sept. 15, 1789, with cake for all attendees.

The Green Cow Sign Up; Opening Planned Monday

The Green Cow Sign Up;

Opening Planned Monday

The Green Cow proprietor Carrie Thompson watches Pele Matson of One-Day Signs, Waterford, place the new grass-fed beef store’s sign a few minutes ago at 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown. Carrie and her husband Doug have their own grass-fed herds along Route 20, and will be making the beef – retail and wholesale – available to the Otsego County market.  A “soft opening” is planned Monday, with store hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p. m. seven days a week.  Stop in Monday and beyond, as The Green Cow will also be selling coffee, pastries, croissants. and hot dogs.  The hot dogs  are also available, a dozen a packet, are made from Thompson beef by Artisan Meats, Canandaigua.   A ribbon-cutting is planned Friday, June 29, and  a Grand Opening in July.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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