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After 5 Years, Hazzard Leaves Chamber Helm

After 5 Years,
Hazzard Leaves
Chamber Helm

He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley


COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April. 
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.

Faso Makes Three Stops On Oneonta Business Tour

Faso Visits Noah’s World,

Toonie Moonie In Oneonta

Congressman John Faso, R-19, above, meets with the owner’s of Noah’s World in Oneonta, Sheila Andreic and husband Aleksandar, during a visit to Oneonta today.  “The congressman … wanted to learn about initiatives in our county that focus on early learning and development.” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president. “I immediately thought of Noah’s World. They provide an excellent service for … parents who work struggle to find affordable, quality childcare.”   He then went next door to tour the production floor of Toonie Moonie Organics with owner Kim Condon, inset, seen overlooking their kitchen. (Ian Austin/

Former Otsego Chamber Executive Pleads Guilty, But Avoids Jail Time

Former Otsego Chamber Executive

 Pleads Guilty, But Avoids Jail Time

Rob Robinson
Rob Robinson

Rob Robinson, Oneonta, former 17-year executive director of the Otsego County Chamber, pleaded guilty yesterday to felony insurance fraud in the first degree in county court in Cooperstown.

Robinson, with no criminal history and in declining health, accepted a deal that will spare him  jail time.  Sentencing has been set for a later date.

Assistant District Attorney Will Green, Cooperstown, said today he believes Robinson will face fines and a three-year conditional discharge.

Norman Michaels Jr., who was accused of taking $62,000 in the scheme, was found guilty of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud on May 19.  He is facing prison and will be sentenced later this summer.

Robinson was arrested in November 2011 and charged with enrolling illegible people in health plans, costing more than $1 million  to MVP Health Care.

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