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County May Lose Equivalent Of 2/3rd Of Levy In Crisis


County May Lose

Equivalent Of 2/3rd

Of Levy In Crisis

Ruffles: Sales, Bed Tax Plummet,

NYS May Reneg On Promised Aid

This is a screenshot of this morning’s Otsego County Board of Representatives meeting, which was conducted via Facebook Live, due to social-distancing recommendations. ( photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

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.”

Here are key points of Ruffles’ analysis:

Fenimore, Farmers’ Museums Launch ‘Digital April’

Fenimore, Farmers’ Museums

Launch ‘Digital April’ Programs

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.

Statewide Public-Private Hospital Plan Aims At Sharing Staff, Patients


Statewide Public-Private

Hospital Plan Aims At

Sharing Staff, Patients

ALBANY – Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by Governor Cuomo of New York State’s battle against coronarivus:

• Central Coordinating Team Will Help Implement Statewide Public-Private Hospital Plan to Share Information, Supplies, Staff and Patients Among Hospitals Across the State

16 Active Cases Locally, Affecting People Age 20-75 One Patient Died, One Released,

16 Active Cases

Locally, Affecting

People Age 20-75

One Patient Died, One Released,

Other 14 Still In 14-Day Isolation

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

CDC image of coronavurus

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.”

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence G. Travis, 47; Man Of Many Talents

Clarence G. Travis, 47;

Man Of Many Talents

Clarence Travis

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.

Village Elections, Primary Reset For Separate Days

Village Elections, Primary

Reset For Separate Days

Again, Cooperstown Balloting Delayed

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.

Ioxus, XS Power, Alliance Announced

Ioxus, XS Power

Alliance Announced

McGough To Advise Merger Process


ONEONTA – Ioxus, the ultracapacitor developer and manufacturer that occupies the former U.S. Soccer Fame, “is now part of the XS Power family,” Ioxus President/CEO Mark McGough announced today.

McGough described XS Power Batteries, based in Knoxville, Tenn., as “a premium battery group and one of the fastest-growing players in vehicle and stationary batter space.”

David S. Brandt, 75; Expert Angler In Fly Fishing HoF

David S. Brandt, 75; Expert

Angler, In Fly Fishing HoF

David S. Brandt

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.

Richard ‘Dick’ W. McVinney, 68; Civic Leader, City Court Judge


Richard ‘Dick’ W. McVinney, 68;

Civic Leader, City Court Judge

Richard W. McVinney

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.

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