COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County’s finances in the Age of Coronavirus may be even worse than first feared.
County Treasurer Allen Ruffles told the county board, meeting this morning via Facebook Live, that county government could see a “7, 8, 9 million reduction” in its revenues and reimbursements if the coronavirus crisis continues.
“That’s almost (the equivalent of) 2/3rd or more of the tax levy,” he said. “That’s what I have at the moment.”
COOPERSTOWN – Virtual tours, crafting videos and updates on the baby farm animals are all part of the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum’s “Digital April” series on Facebook, Instagram, and the museums’ websites.
At Fenimore, discover virtual walk-throughs and objects from new exhibitions including “Blue Gardens: Photographs by Gross and Daley,” “Prismatic Beauty: American People and American Art” and “Elegant Line/Powerful Shape: Elements of Native American Art.” Short videos will objects from the museum’s collections of folk art, fine art, and Native American art, and kids can even create crafts at home with instruction from members of the museum’s education staff.
COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County now has 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases, affecting people ranging from 20 to 75 years of age, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond announced this afternoon.
Last week saw the county’s first confirmed COVID-19 death: Brenda L. Utter, 63, of Morris. Of the rest, one person recovered and was released from isolation, with the remaining 14 still in isolation, Bond said.
“COVID 19 is in our community,” she said. “While DOH staff works to stop the spread by isolating and quarantining known cases and contacts, you need to take personal responsibility to protect yourself and your family.”
SCHUYLER LAKE – Clarence G. Travis, 47, a Chobani employee who enjoyed woodworking and other crafts, died Wednesday, March 25, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica, following a motor vehicle accident.
He was born on July 26, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, son of Bob Travis of Newburgh and the late Helen King Travis. Clarence was raised in Newburgh and graduated from Newburgh High School.
On Oct. 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to the former Shannon Donnelly in Richfield. He had worked as a fork lift operator for Chobani Yogurt in South Edmeston.
COOPERSTOWN – The county Solid Waste Department is asking residents to limit solid waste and recycling deliveries to all transfer stations in response to the Coronavirus, County Planning Director Karen Sullivan announced today.
COOPERSTOWN – Village elections, rescheduled to correspond with the Democratic presidential primary, have now been shifted back to a separate day, Village Administrator Teri Barown announced today.
In the first days of the coronavirus State of Emergency, elections in Cooperstown, and villages statewide, were rescheduled from March 18 to April 28, the same day of the Democratic primary.
Governor Cuomo announced over the weekend that the presidential primary has again been moved, to June 23. Today, it was announce village election will again been rescheduled. No firm date was set, except to say it will be June 1 at the earliest.
Oneonta – David S. Brandt, 75, passed away on March 26, 2020, at home with his loving wife Barbara by his side.
He was born on August 2, 1944, in Oneonta.
David graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1962. While in high school, he sported the popular hair ducks which continued throughout his life. He sang in a doo wop group, played trumpet in the school band, and was delighted to have the opportunity to play the grand piano at Carnegie Hall. Later in life he was honored to blow trumpet with Louis Armstrong. Dave enjoyed big band and jazz music, and effortlessly sat at the piano “noodling” chords and creating beautiful music.
ONEONTA – The Honorable Judge Richard “Dick” W. McVinney of Oneonta passed away at his home on Saturday, March 28, 2020, following a three-year battle with declining health.
Dick was born on Dec. 22, 1951, in Oneonta to Clifford “Mac” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Platt) McVinney.
A true Oneontan, Dick attended Bugbee Elementary School and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at just 13 years old. With his Varsity “O” in tennis, he graduated from Oneonta High School in 1970. Beginning his collegiate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Dick went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1973 and his master’s degree from the University of Maine in 1974, and Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 1982.