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RUDY: Mayor Waller Approached All With Integrity, Sincerity
LETTER from JOHN A. RUDY

Mayor Waller Approached

All With Integrity, Sincerity

To the Editor:

Re: “50-Car Parade Salutes Cooperstown Mainstay” in last week’s newspaper.

As reported, some have said had they known of the tribute to Carol Waller on Dec. 19, they would have been there. Add my wife, Suzanne, and me to the chorus. We have known Carol through mutual friends for most of the 32 years we have been in Cooperstown.

My introduction to Carol was in the early 2000s during her tenure as a village trustee, then mayor. I was one of the original baseball aficionados involved with the formation of the Friends of Doubleday.

In those days, we were trying to work with the Village Board to establish an endowment to be used for the rehabilitation and enhancement of Doubleday Field. Some of the structural and legal issues involved in doing so were complex and did not present easy solutions.

Throughout the months, turning to years, of discussions between some of us proponents of an endowment and the Village Board, Carol distinguished herself by her consistent open-mindedness and intellectual integrity.

Although she expressed some skepticism at times as to whether our private initiative could be structured to meet municipal legal and other requirements, none of us ever doubted her sincerity – something some of us felt was not displayed by some of her elected colleagues.

I, for one, will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to interface with such an honorable and dedicated public servant. Thank you, Madam Mayor.

JOHN A. RUDY
Cooperstown

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Arrive In Renovated Pioneer Park

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Arrive

In Renovated Pioneer Park

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, right, and the rest of the holiday crowd look in anticipation towards the Christmas tree which Santa lit with a wave of his hand this evening in Cooperstown. Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived via horse drawn carriage at their second home in a newly renovated Pioneer Park after being led in by the Cooperstown Fire Department, The Hill City Snow Queen, members of the Cooperstown Equestrian team and the High school band. Their cottage now sits on a small raised area while small pathways built into the bricks helps with the flow of visitors. After greeting the crowd the Claus’ settled in and began hearing the Christmas wishes of the first children of the season.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Trustees Votes to Strengthen Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

Trustees Votes to Strengthen

Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

By JENNIFER HILL• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.

“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote.  “I found it very heartening we did this.”

Jeff Katz Honored At Village Hall Reception

Jeff Katz Honored

At Village Hall Reception


Former Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz was celebrated this evening in the ballroom at Village Hall, where he was gifted a gavel, a print of the village and a proclamation by new mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, as well as remarks by friends, trustees past and present and state Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford. “I have been fortunate to serve with people of a like mind,” he said. “And I cannot say enough about all the people in this room. It’s nice to have people come to your side.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Greetings From World Series!

Greetings From World Series!

14859812_10209451382875926_4346105743872683285_oCooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, a Chicago Cubs fan from his days at the Mercantile Exchange, sends greetings from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, where his beloved Cubbies are facing the Indians this evening in the World Series.  If the Cubs win, it will be their first championship since 1908.  In addition to serving as mayor, Katz is a published baseball writer with two books to his credit and an aficionado of America’s Pastime.

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