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New Officer Sworn In To Cooperstown Force

New Officer Sworn In

To Cooperstown Force

Terrell Silvera, sworn in this evening as the newest officer in the Cooperstown Police Department, is congratulated by his former Cooperstown High School principal, Gary Kuch.  Kuch recalled Silvera, while a student at CCS, telling the principal his life’s ambition – realized today – was to become a police officer.  Friends Lisa Brown and Nicholas Weir, left, attended to cheer him on, as did his fellow officers, right, Frank Cavalieri and Jim Kelman.  Inset, Officer Silvera is congratulated by his sister, Giovanna Malvasi.  Silvera joined the force over a year ago as a parking enforcement officer.  The new officer will be seeing quite a bit of his former principal, who is Otsego town justice (as well as director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program.)  (Jim Kevlin/

Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Steve Lansing of Oneonta is sworn in as a Cooperstown police officer by Village Manager Teri Barown. Behind Officer Lansing is his father, Robert, and Police Chief Michael Covert. Seated are Mayor Jeff Katz, right, and Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left. The swearing-in happened Monday at the Village Board’s monthly meeting.  Lansing is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he majored in human biology and minored in psychology, and ran cross-country.   He graduated from OHS, where he lettered in cross-country and track & field all four years, as the team won four championships in a row; he was also elected vice president of the OHS Student Council.    (Jim Dean photo)
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