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County Board Gives Final OK to Raises

County Board Gives

Final OK To Raises

County Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, center, discusses today’s M&C raises with colleagues, clockwise from left, county Reps. Keith McCarty,  Meg Kennedy, Adrienne Martini and Gary Koutnik.  Upper left, county board Chair David Bliss reviews agenda with Carol McGovern, clerk of the board.  (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Board of Representatives made it official today.

With only one dissenting vote from Andrew Stammel, D-Oneonta,  the representatives voted a half-million dollars worth of raises for department heads and managers – including $3,000 for themselves, their first raise since the $250 in 2008.

M&C county employees’ titles and current salaries range widely, from Deputy Director of Community Services earning a stipend of $3,000 to the District Attorney having an annual salary of almost $200K. Personnel Director Penny Gentile said she could not give exact percentages of the raises because they were “varying figures” and a list of them had not yet been drawn up.

Hobbie Waves Right To Detention Hearing

Hobbie Waves Right

To Detention Hearing

COOPERSTOWN – Justin Hobbie, the CCS phys-ed coach accused of receiving and distributing child pornography over the internet, has waved his right to a detention hearing, according to a memo from his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer.

“I met with Mr. Hobbie and explained to him his rights to an immediate detention hearing and a preliminary hearing,” Zimmer wrote in a memo to Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks. “Mr. Hobbie told me he understands those rights and that he agrees to waive those rights at this time, reserving his right to request such hearings in the future.”

Bassett Tractor-Rollbar Program Saves Lives, $4M

Bassett Tractor-Rollbar

Program Saves Lives, $4M

The photo shows how a rollbar on a refitted tractor can prevent a farmer from being crushed.

COOPERSTOWN – From 2007 to 2017, at least 10 lives and more than $4 million were saved in New York State due to a Cooperstown-based program to retrofit tractors with rollover bars, an analysis in the American Journal of Public Health had concluded.

The analysis of the program, developed by Bassett Healthcare Network’s NYCAMH (New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health), found that a combination of social marketing and rebates saves lives and money.

Over the decade, the rollbars were affixed to 2,510 tractors built before 1995.

Detention Hearing Rescheduled For CCS Gym Teacher

Detention Hearing Rescheduled

For Accused CCS Gym Teacher

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s detention hearing for Justin Hobbie, 41, the CCS phys-ed teacher facing child pornography charges, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in U.S. District Court in Syracuse.

Though he was scheduled for this afternoon, his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer, Syracuse, requested the adjournment, and Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks agreed to move it one week.

CCS Community Meeting at 6:30 Today;
Check Back This Evening For Details


Magee’s $1M Assures Doubleday Renovation

Magee’s $1M Assures

Doubleday Renovation

Work To Start In 2019, Field’s Centennial

Artist’s rendering delineated the concept for Doubleday Field’s third-base, although the particular are expected to evolve before construction begins. (Courtesy Village of Cooperstown)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown today received a $1 million grant from Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, part of $5 million it has received so far to renovate Doubleday Field.

The $1 million from the retiring assemblyman can be added to another $1 million from state Sen. Jim Seward’s office last spring, then $3 million from Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corp. as Induction Weekend 2018 began.

Another $800,000 is being sought from other sources, according to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch.

James E. Jackson, 93, WWII Vet, Retired Trooper, VFW Commander

James E. Jackson, 93, WWII Vet,

Retired Trooper, VFW Commander

James E. Jackson

COOPERSTOWN – James Elwood Jackson, a retired state trooper and World War II veteran, passed away Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. He was 93.

Born Feb. 15, 1925, in Endicott, he was the only child of Raymon James Jackson and Elizabeth J. Cass Jackson. Immediately after graduating from Owego Free Academy, James enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country during World War II, first aboard a merchant marine vessel and then on a battleship.

Tradition Revived At Swatling’s Store

Tradition Revived

At Swatling’s Store

Spurbeck’s proprietor Mike Swatling and his Aunt Kristi posed in front of a huge, beer-can-festooned wreath that has caused much comment since it was hung in the past couple of days. Before it became Cooley’s in 2003, the wreath would hang annually on the Bold Dragoon Tavern, 49 Pioneer St.  Kristi, who worked at the Dragoon, used to decorate it annually, and inherited it when the business changed hands. This is her nephew’s first Christmas season since buying the venerable Spurbeck’s, so his aunt dusted off the wreath and is launching a new tradition. Drive by Railroad and Leatherstocking and take a look. (Jim Kevlin/
U.S. Attorney Invites Parents To Q&A Session

U.S. Attorney

Invites Parents

To Q&A Session

Meeting Set For Wednesday Evening

On CCS Teacher’s Child-Porn Arrest

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – At the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cooperstown Central School is organizing a meeting Wednesday evening so parents and members of the community can get their questions answered on the Justin Hobbie case.

Attending will be Beth Coombe,  who heads the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Albany, and a representative of the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children, according to Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw.

Steinbrenner Out, Smith, Baines In At Baseball Hall of Fame

Steinbrenner Out; Smith,

Baines In At Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – Yankees owner and manager George Steinbrenner received fewer than five votes from the 16 member Today’s Game committee, denying him a chance to be enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, relief pitcher Lee Smith and White Sox designated hitter Harold Baines will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Today’s Game ballot.



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