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In Fairyland, A Memorial Arises For Alice

In Fairyland,

A Tribute Arises

In Oneonta’s Fairyland, a memorial to Alice Siegfried has been erected, with Fairyland residents gathering to proclaim dedication to many of the social justice causes she supported, including Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ equality. Siegfried, who died July 18 at age 88, was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Society, the Oneonta NAACP and other civil rights organizations. (Ian Austin/AllOSEGO.com)
6 GOP Lawyers Surface To Run For County Court

6 GOP Lawyers

Surface To Run

For County Court

First, Burns Must Win Nod

For State Supreme Vacancy

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Six lawyer have come forward to succeed County Judge Brian D. Burns.

COOPERSTOWN – Attorney Michael E. Trosset, Cooperstown, who announced Friday afternoon he is seeking to succeed Brian D. Burns of Oneonta as Otsego County judge, has a lot of company.

County Republican Chair Vince Casale said a few minutes ago that, in addition to Trosset, five other lawyers have contacted him about succeeding Burns.

They are, in alphabetical order:

Chief Clinical Officer Heneghan Leaving Bassett After 28 Years

Chief Clinical Officer Heneghan

Leaving Bassett After 28 Years

Dr. Heneghan

COOPERSTOWN  – Bassett Healthcare Network today announced the departure of Dr. Steven Heneghan, the network’s chief clinical officer and a key player in recent successful efforts to limit the coronavirus locally.

Dr. Bill LeCates, Bassett Hospital president, will assume interim responsibilities of chief medical officer for the hospital and the network on an interim basis.

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Drop

COVID-19 Cases

Continue To Drop

CDC image of the coronavirus

COOPERSTOWN – Despite Tuesday’s announcement of a sixth COVID-19 death in Otsego County, cases continue to decline.

Today, there were only two active cases in the county, down from 11 at the beginning of the week.  And only one is hospitalized, according to county Public Health Director Heidi Bond.

Despite testing, confirmed cases remained stable at 109.

James Bernard Ross, Jr., 60; Child Model Dies In California
IN MEMORIAM

James Bernard Ross, Jr., 60;

Child Model Dies In California

James “Jimmy” Ross

COOPERSTOWN – James “Jimmy” Bernard Ross, Jr., 60,  passed away peacefully in his sleep from heart complications on Aug. 4, 2020, at home in Pasadena, Calif.

Born in Passaic, N.J., on April 26, 1960, and brought home to Monmouth Beach, Jimmy, became one of the top high-fashion children models of the 1960s and 1970s on Madison Avenue under the management of The Barbara Jarrett Agency.

His career included regular ads for Lord & Taylor, JC Penney  and Sax Fifth Avenue, as well as many others. He represented such children clothing designers as Florence Eiseman and Merry Mites, as well as Donmore, Pearl Vision and others.

Trosset Plans Run For County Judge

Trosset Plans Run

For County Judge

Michael E. Trosset

COOPERSTOWN – Attorney Michael E. Trosset, principal at Trosset Group Attorneys in Fly Creek, today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for county judge if the current judge, Brian D. Burns, is nominated for state Supreme Court Tuesday.

“I’m putting my name in to replace the irreplaceable Judge Burns,” said Trosset.

If Burns wins the nomination Aug. 11 at the judicial convention in Binghamton, he will remove his name for consideration for county judge, a position he has held since 2000.

Statewide, COVID Rates Low Enough To Open All Schools

LISTEN TO GOVERNOR’S REMARKS

Statewide, COVID

Rates Low Enough

To Open All Schools

Locally, Districts Must Organize

Briefings For Parents, Teachers

ALBANY – All of New York State’s 10 regions – Otsego County’s Mohawk Valley region included – have low enough infection rates to reopen this fall, but how to do so will be up to local schools, as reflected in plans developed locally, Governor Cuomo announced in a conference call this morning.

“Based on our infection rate,” Cuomo said, “New York State is in the best possible situation right now. If anybody can open schools, we can open schools. We do masks, we do social distancing, we’ve kept that infection rate down, and we can bring the same level of intelligence to the school reopening that we brought to the economic reopening.”

The districts must follow state Department of Health guidelines, detailed here.

Schools Can Open, Governor Declares

BULLETIN

Schools Can Open,

Governor Declares

Governor Cuomo

ALBANY – In a conference call late this morning, Governor Cuomo declared “the good news: Schools can reopen.”

New York State has the “best statistics in the country,” he said, adding at another point, “if New York State can’t open, nobody can open.”

He asked school districts to organized three Zoom meetings with parents between now and Aug. 21 to review their local plans and answer questions, and one for teachers.

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STATE’S AG BRINGS SUIT TO SHUT NRA

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STATE’S AG

BRINGS SUIT

TO SHUT NRA

James: LaPierre, 3 Other Execs

Caused Non-Profit To Lose $64M

State Attorney General Letitia James announces her lawsuit against the NRA today at a press conference in New York City.

ALBANY – State Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA, the National Rifle Association.

“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James declared at a press conference in New York City.

“The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”

THE INDEPENDENT: Who Is Letitia James?

 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Sculpture Exhibit At The Art Garage 08-07-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 7

Sculpture Exhibit At The Art Garage

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ART EXHIBIT – 4 – 7 p.m. Stop at airy gallery to view exhibit by local artist ‘George Hymas: Spontaneous & Deliberate. ’ Hymas uses visionary, colorful sculpture from castoffs like construction debris, twisted trees, spent bullets, more. The Art Garage, middle bay, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

Assemblyman Salka Hosts Virtual Town Hall Thursday

Assemblyman Salka Hosts

Virtual Town Hall Thursday

Salka

Assemblyman John Salka, R-121st, will host a Virtual Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday).

Click here to sign up.  You will be emailed the Zoom link so you can participate.

Salka’s 121st District includes Otsego County’s three population centers – Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs – and the towns in between, as well as Madison County and part of Oneida.

A retired respiratory therapist and former chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors and Brookfield school board president, Salka, a freshman, is being challenged in November by Democrat Dan Buttermann, Oneonta.

County Board Moves Toward Lifting Tax Cap

County Board

Moves Toward

Lifting Tax Cap

Action Possible At Sept. 2 Meeting

County Board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, proposes lifting the state’s 2 percent tax cap during deliberations on the 2021 county budget. At right is county board Vice Chair Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, Middlefield, New Lisbon.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Freshman Rep. Clark Oliver, D-Oneonta, seconded Bliss’ motion, which must now go to public hearing.

COOPERSTOWN – Facing a fiscal crunch, the county Board of Representatives today took the first step toward freeing itself from the state’s 2 percent property-tax cap in preparing its 2021 budget.

At its August meeting, county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, “put the law on the table,” and freshman representative Clark Oliver, D-Oneonta, seconded it.

As County Attorney Ellen Coccoma explained it, a public hearing must now be set before the county board’s next meeting, on Sept. 2, to enable the legislators to act at that point if they wish to.

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