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Cooperstown Food Pantry

Cooperstown Food Pantry Limits Exposure For Now

Cooperstown Food Pantry

Limits Exposure For Now

Open Only 10-6, Mondays And Wednesdays

Sharon Oberriter and volunteer Ian Robinson pack food boxes Monday afternoon at the Cooperstown Food Pantry. ( photo) p.m.

COOPERSTOWN – To “minimize the contact between people” – and thereby lessen the chance of exposure to Coronavirus, the Cooperstown Food Pantry board of directors, meeting last evening, have cut back its hours to two days a week.

The food pantry at 25 Church St. will now be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., only on Mondays and Wednesdays, according to board member Audrey Murray.


Empty Bowls Luncheon


BENEFIT LUNCH – Noon – 2 p.m. Support Cooperstown Food Pantry at Empty Bowls Luncheon. Pick a unique bowl by a local potter to enjoy lunch of soup by local chef. Suggested donation $15. Parish Hall, Christ Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2627 or visit

HELICOPTER – 5:30 p.m. Army Reserve & NY Army National Guard collaborate with Cooperstown Graduate Program for military exercise featuring UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters landing at Bassett. Public is welcome to observe, tour once the aircraft are shut down. Please follow direction of military personnel to ensure a safe distance from the aircraft while it is in operation. Landing will be near Bassett Helipad, across from Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown.

Bourbon-Parme’s ‘Convicted Felon For Rest Of Life’



‘Convicted Felon

For Rest Of Life’

Antoine Bourbon-Parme listens to Judge Burns’ remarks at this morning’s sentencing hearing. At left is defense lawyer Gar Gozigian. (James Cummings/

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – “From this day forward, you are a convicted felon and will be for the rest of your life.”

County Judge Brian Burns chides the convicted embezzler.

That was what county Judge Brian D. Burns told Antoine Bourbon-Parme, 59, as he was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge on a charge of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class U felony, for embezzling more than $18,000 from the Cooperstown Food Pantry.  He was arrested last April 2.

“You took advantage of the organization’s trust and the public’s trust of that organization. Beyond that, you stole from some of the most needy and vulnerable members of our community,” said Burns.

“Literally stealing the money that would go to run a food pantry. It’s difficult to put into words your selfishness,” the judge said. ““We don’t know how far the ripples of your dishonesty will go in time.”

And Burns emphasized that the sentence did not necessarily match the deed.


Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run


HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit


Oneonta Christmas

Parade, Tree Lighting, More


HOLIDAY PARADE – 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays on Main St. Line up at 3, parade at 4. Main St., Oneonta. Visit

TREE FESTIVAL – 3 – 7 p.m. View Christmas Trees beautifully decorated by area individuals, businesses. Production Center, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

TREE LIGHTING – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Muller Plaza, Oneonta.


Holiday Market Kick-Off Event


ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit to learn how.

HOLIDAY KICK-OFF – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy historic village, holiday spirit. Includes Shoppers Rally & Raffle, artisan demos, ornament making, refreshments, tree lighting, more. Many shops participating. 192 Main St., Sharon Springs. Visit

Former Food Pantry Manager Pleads Guilty

Former Food Pantry

Manager Pleads Guilty


COOPERSTOWN – Antoine Bourbon-Parme, 59, the former director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry, has plead guilty to grand larceny, fourth degree, for stealing more than $18,000 from the organization, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

“Normally, if it was someone with no criminal history, I might have charged them with a misdemeanor if they agreed to pay restitution,” said Meuhl. “But because of who the victim was, I insisted on a felony. You don’t steal from the food pantry.”

Bourbon-Parme To Plead Guilty, Pay Restitution To Food Pantry

Food Pantry Director

To Plead Guilty, Pay

$18K In Restitution

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


COOPERSTOWN – Antoine Bourbon-Parme, the former director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry who was charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization, will plead guilty and pay back the full amount, District Attorney John Muehl said today.

“He’s never been convicted of a crime and he’s making a payment up front,” said Muehl. “That’s what’s keeping him out of jail.”

Bourbon-Parme, 59, was arrested in April after an investigation found he stole $18,579 from the organization’s accounts over 16 months., beginning in October 2017 and ending in late January.

Despite Setback, Focused Food Pantry In Strong Financial Shape

Despite Setback,

Focused Food Pantry

In Strong Financial Shape

To the Editor:

The Cooperstown Food Pantry serves more than 200 families a month, averaging 800 people. With over 100 volunteers and one full time Director, we are committed to serving those who face food insecurity and are in need.

Recently, during routine cost evaluations, we discovered that fraudulent financial activities had been engaged in by a staff volunteer. Thankfully our financial checks caught the issue. This led to an investigation by the District Attorney’s office. The volunteer has been arrested and charged and we will let the justice system manage the case and eventual outcome.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry appreciates and depends on the generosity and trust of our donors and volunteers. Every dollar donated to the Food Pantry goes to serve those families in need.

Although the loss incurred was not insubstantial, we remain in strong financial shape and this does not affect our mission or our ability to carry on normal operations.

We continue to focus our efforts on providing the best possible healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors in northern Otsego County. We are open Monday-Friday 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-noon.


Director, Cooperstown Food Pantry

Suspect In Food-Pantry Crime Arrested In ’99 Philly Area Con

Suspect In Food-Pantry Crime

Arrested In ’99 Philly Area Con

Same Modus Operandi: English Accent;

Prep School, Links To Royalty Claimed

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

A printout from details previous allegations against the Cooperstown Food Pantry’s co-dirctor who is facing charges again.

COOPERSTOWN – An English accent, a boarding school education, ties to royalty and a background in high-end home decorating.

Antoine Bourbon-Parme

These were the lies Antoine Bourbon-Parme – also known as Anthony Cazzari – allegedly told around town.

“He had everyone believing he was from England,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “He grew up in Putnam County.”

On Tuesday, April 2, Bourbon-Parme, 59, the former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry, was charged with stealing $18,579 from the organization’s bank accounts over 16 months, beginning in October 2017 and ending in late January, by forging the signatures of Audrey Murray, retired director; Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, the only people with access to the account.

Man Charged With Stealing $18,000 From Food Pantry


Man Charged With

Stealing $18K From

Cooperstown Pantry

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Antoine Bourbon-Parm

COOPERSTOWN – The former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry was arraigned at 12:30 p.m. today in Otsego Town Court, charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization.

Antoine Bourbon-Parme, also known as Anthony Cazzari, was sent to Otsego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond by Town Justice Gary Kuch.

According to the court documents, Bourbon-Parme forged the names of  Audrey Murray, retired director, Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017. The last check, dated Jan. 22, was for $1,852.38.

Near Record Crowds At Empty Bowl Event

Near Record Crowds

At Empty Bowl Event

Bowls and soup were going fast as over 180 people in the first half hour streamed through the doors of the Christ Church in Cooperstown for the annual Empty Bowls event which benefits the local food pantry. Hungry crowds came to try the many different soups offered by 10 area restaurants and  seven individuals who in all created over 40 gallons of soup. Above, Amy Zoltick serves a bowl of curried butternut squash soup with wild rice edamame to Stephanie Adams. At right, event organizer Kathy Chase enlists helps from Diane Detrinis, to refill a crockpot with her Thai chicken and rice soup. (Ian Austin/

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