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)
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)
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.
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
USNY Bank, which operates as Bank of the Finger Lakes in Geneva and Bank of Cooperstown in Cooperstown and Oneonta, has raised $3.75 million through an offering of common stock, according to USNY Bank President & CEO Mike Briggs.
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)
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.