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Chief Mike Covert

Caught In Insurance Bind, Chief Struggles To Survive

Caught In Insurance Bind, Chief Struggles To Survive

GoFundMe Raises $14,720 After He’s Cut From County Plan

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal – Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert hold the medications and devices he uses daily to stay alive.


COOPERSTOWN – When Mike Covert was in Bassett Hospital recovering from a heart attack in January, he had an unexpected visitor.
A young woman from the “Angel” program, which Covert started in 2015 as the Cooperstown police chief to help heroin addicts seek recovery, came to his bedside. “She didn’t have a car and she still came to see me,” he said. “She thanked me for saving her.”
Now Covert, a 25-year veteran of Otsego County law enforcement departments, is the recipient of a GoFundMe campaign, started by his former partner Mike Ten Eyck.

Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’ Kits To Cooperstown Police

Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’

Kits To Cooperstown Police

The local chapter of the Nam Knights group donated eight “self help” kits to the Cooperstown Police this morning. The kits, which cost $80 apiece, contain a tactical tourniquet and quik-clot tactical gauze in case an officer suffers a severe injury while on duty. Pictured, from left, Grant Coates, Paul Hauptmann, Don Pagano, Joe Borawa, Police Chief Mike Covet, Officer Kevin Barrows, Dennis Dailey, Harold Southworth, Mike Alvin, and Bob Ennist. (Parker Fish/
Covert: Public More Likely To Report Bias, Hate Cases

Covert: Public More Likely

To Report Bias, Hate Cases

Cooperstown Sees Its First Two Cases Ever


Chief Covert
Chief Covert

COOPERSTOWN – Although applied in the Village of Cooperstown for the first time this summer – twice – bias laws have been on the books for years, according to Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert.

What’s changing is public attitudes toward possible racial and homophobic confrontations are changing, he said:  “It’s very unusual, but people aren’t going to put up with it.”

That makes them more likely to report what they consider harassment, Covert said: “Years ago, people may have looked the other way. People are being vigilant, they’re seeing bad behavior and they’re reporting it.”

Cooperstown Police Seek Purse Snatcher

Cooperstown Police

Seek Purse Snatcher

Chief Urges Residents, ‘Lock Your Doors’

COOPERSTOWN – Police are warning Cooperstown residents to lock their doors after a man walked into a Nelson Avenue home and stole a purse.

Around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, a man in drove up to a home on Nelson Avenue in a green Dodge Caravan and walked into the house while the residents were upstairs.  He allegedly stole a purse off a table, and the children saw him as he was exiting the home.

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