GoFundMe Raises $14,720 After He’s Cut From County Plan
By LIBBY CUDMORE
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.
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 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.