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Bank of Cooperstown

Going, Going… Office Razed To Created More Parking For Bank

Going, Going…

Office Razed To Created More Parking For Bank

If you hurry over right now to the corner of Chestnut and Glen in Cooperstown, you will catch the final moments of the demolition of a former dentist office at 71 Chestnut St. to create more parking for the neighboring Bank of Cooperstown.  Bank President Scott White, watching at left, said the plan is to double the number of bank parking spaces from the current 10.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Anticipation Builds Along Main Street

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

Anticipation Builds

Along Main Street

Art Boden and son Dan were renting parking spaces this morning at The Bank of Cooperstown, which provided the space to raise funds for Friends Helping Friends, an group that grew out of a community effort to raise funds for Art at the height of his fight against cancer two years ago.  Art expected to rent out 30 spaces at $20 apiece each of Induction Weekend’s two days, netting more than $1,000 for the community group.  At left, by 10 a.m. today, folding chairs lined the Main Street route of the Parade of Legends, which steps off at 6 p.m. this evening between the Chestnut Street fire hall at the Hall of Fame.  The 60-some Hall of Famers, including the five soon-to-be Hall of Famers, will be carried along the route in Ford pickups provided by Smith Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Trustees Create First PDD, Leaving Details To Planners

Trustees Create First PDD,

Leaving Details To Planners

In part due to Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White’s explanation of the bank’s proposed parking lot expansion on Chestnut Street, the Village Board this evening approve Cooperstown’s first PDD – planning development district. However, the trustees forwarded issues raised by neighbors this evening – concerns about lighting, drainage and noise among them – to the Planning Board, which will still have to rule on the specifics and approve the project, which includes demolition of an adjacent house now used for professional offices. The PDD idea, included in the recently revised village Comprehensive Master Plan, allows development experiments that, while not specifically meeting all zoning particulars, address such larger goals as more mixed uses or economic-development enhancements.  The vote was 5-1-1, with Trustee Jim Dean voting nay and Trustee Lou Allstadt, who owns stock in the bank, abstaining.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Bank Of Cooperstown Names Bob O’Neill Emeritus Trustee

Bank Of Cooperstown Names

Bob O’Neill Emeritus Director

Bob O’Neill

COOPERSTOWN – Robert F. O’Neill, a founder of the Bank of Cooperstown, has assumed the role of director emeritus of USNY Bank, the parent company.

While an honorary position, it reflects his role in the founding of both the Cooperstown bank and USNY itself.  “He and his family had the original vision to create a new bank in Cooperstown more than 10 years ago,” according to a statement from the bank.

O’Neill spent his career on Wall Street as a general partner of L.F. Rothschild and as an executive vice president of Tucker Anthony.  He was an officer of the Air Force and a graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in civil engineering.

Bank Of Cooperstown Promotes Baker, Lutz Jessup To Assistant VP

Bank Of Cooperstown Promotes

Baker, Lutz Jessup To Assistant VP

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COOPERSTOWN – Jessica Baker, Cooperstown mortgage originator, and Rachel Lutz Jessup, Oneonta branch manager, have been promoted to assistant vice presidents at the Bank of Cooperstown.

Baker is responsible for processing consumer and mortgage loans at both the Cooperstown and Oneonta offices. She began her tenure with Bank of Cooperstown in November 2007, and has over 14 years of experience in the banking industry.

Lutz Jessup is responsible for the branch management of the Oneonta office as well as business development. She has been with Bank of Cooperstown since June 2014, and the end of 2015 marks her 30th year in banking

Bank of Cooperstown Opens

Bank of Cooperstown Cuts Ribbon

On Branch In Oneonta, Its First

The Bank of Cooperstown held a ribbon cutting in its new branch at 34 Main St. in Oneonta on Monday. Pictures here are, from left; Tony Casale, Cooperstown, Mark DaMico, Oneonta, Christine Amos, Oneonta, Lori White, Oneonta, President Scott White, Oneonta, Evelyn Zuk, Oneonta, Jennifer Deleo, Delhi, Gavin MacMillian, Sidney, Rachel Jessup, Oneonta, George Allen, Oneonta, Bob O'Neil, Cooperstown, Matt Katz, Oneonta, Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta, Carol Waller, Cooperstown and Rick Eastman, Oneonta.

Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White cuts the ribbon this afternoon on the 7-year-old bank’s first branch office, at 34 Main St., Oneonta.   Others, from left, are community board members Tony Casale, Cooperstown, and Mark D’Amico, Oneonta, bank Vice President Christine Amos, Oneonta; Lori White, Scott’s spouse; teller Evelyn Zuk, Oneonta; personal banker Jennifer Deleo, Delhi;  attorney Don Snyder, a community bank member; Gavin MacMillan, representing Eastman Associates, the builder; branch manager Rachel Jessup, Oneonta; community board member and Northern Eagle President George Allen, Oneonta; bank director Bob O’Neill, Cooperstown; Eastman Associates’ Matt Katz; Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta; former Cooperstown mayor Carol Waller, representing U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson,  and Rick Eastman, president, Eastman Associates. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

Bank Of Cooperstown Prepares For Opening Of Oneonta Branch

Bank Of Cooperstown Prepares

For Opening Of Oneonta Branch

Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White confers with Oneonta Branch Manager Rachel Jessup on final details leading up to the opening of the branch at Main Street, across from River Street.  A ribbon-cutting is planned at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White confers with Oneonta Branch Manager Rachel Jessup on final details leading up to the opening of the branch at Main Street, across from River Street. A ribbon-cutting is planned at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

New Bank Of Cooperstown Taking Shape In Oneonta

New Bank Of Cooperstown

Taking Shape In Oneonta

The Bank of Cooperstown's Oneonta branch is beginning to take shape on Main Street, across from the River Street intersection.  Here, Steve Conklin, left, of Laurens and Dan Finny of Davenport shift signage at the end of today's shift.  The branch -- its design is modeled after an old-train depot, reflecting Oneonta's history -- is due to open in September.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Bank of Cooperstown’s Oneonta branch is beginning to take shape on Main Street, across from the River Street intersection. Here, Steve Conklin, left, of Laurens and Dan Finny of Davenport shift signage at the end of today’s shift. The branch — its design is modeled after an old-train depot, reflecting Oneonta’s history — is due to open in September. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Cooperstown Bank Names Rachel Jessup Branch Manager Of New Oneonta Office

Cooperstown Bank Names Rachel Jessup

Branch Manager Of New Oneonta Office

Rachel Lutz Jessup, longtime Oneonta-area banker who is active in many of the city’s civic initiatives and organizations, has been named branch manager of the Bank of Cooperstown’s Oneonta branch, nearing completion on lower Main Street, across from River Street.

Jessup has been involved in banking since 1986. She has held various positions with Key Bank, N.A. and NBT Bank N.A., including branch manager, trainer, compliance and customer service.

A resident of Oneonta, Jessup has served on the boards of First Night Oneonta and Main Street Oneonta. She is also active in the Oneonta Rotary Club and Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Alfred University, Jessup has also been awarded Outstanding Young Woman of America, Volunteer of the Year/United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties and Who’s Who Among Young American Women.

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