By JENNIFER HILL• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.”
Cooperstown 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.