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Noteworthy: Post-election Activities Full of Positivity, Unity
News from the Noteworthy

Post-election Activities
Full of Positivity, Unity

The midterm elections are over, or mostly over, as tight returns leave many state and federal races close and uncertain. I, for one, am very glad that pre-election coverage and political mailings have ceased and we have voted.

We can now get back to our jobs, our community, and our lives, where real things happen, where we can make a difference to a person and to our community.

BECKERT: Vote! Please Help Save Our Country
Letter from Bruce Beckert

Vote! Please Help
Save Our Country

This election is like none other in our time. It will either cement the global elite’s plan for our country or start us back on a path that will ultimately save this country so our grandchildren can have a lifestyle of freedom and opportunity that we have been so blessed with.

The Democrats have gotten used to swaying liberal Republicans, buying key elections with global elites’ dollars or just stealing elections. They have worked our judicial system, our media and the mind of some, so they can pull off most of their tricks. If patriotic Republicans don’t achieve wide margins we will see more elections stolen. Contrary to what many liberals think, a successful Democratic midterm election will lead to a country we will not recognize or be able to reverse. Democrats want a one-party system of government which will end our democracy, our way of life and the principles that have propelled us to the greatest power in the world.

DEWEY: Stefanik Does Not Put Upstate First
Letter from Jeanne Dewey

Stefanik Does Not
Put Upstate First

I’m glad you’re highlighting political candidates and their positions on important issues. Having real information to base one’s vote on is key to making an informed decision at the ballot box. The problem is, candidates can say anything they want, whether it is true or false.

I was interested to read Elise Stefanik’s description of her accomplishments, and was surprised at her statement that she “delivered over $500 million in federal funds back to Upstate New York.” Hmmm….I thought I heard she had voted against all of those federal dollars. Since I didn’t want to assume her statement was false, I looked up her voting record.

HAMILL: Unity, Not Party, More Important
Letter from Andrew Hamill

Unity, Not Party,
More Important

Last month, I put statements in All Otsego for our country to heed the call of unity as well as speaking to you all about it. I firmly stand by my statements. I speak on the week before Election Day by saying that regardless of who wins and who loses in this election and other elections, we need unity.

If we are to have unity, we need to put our political parties and their agendas aside and come together for the sake of our country. When 9/11/2001 happened, we had unity which was, and is, a blessing in disguise.

MARCI: Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY
Letter from James Marci

Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY

I love New York. It’s the tourism slogan here in the Empire State, but I do truly have a love for this place. New York is my home, it’s where I’ve been brought up, and I feel as though I have a loyalty to protect it. New York is my home and fellow New Yorkers are my family. It’s because I have this strong connection to our state that I feel a deep sense of despondency when I hear my fellow New Yorker say that they are giving up on New York and leaving for supposedly greener grass.

LANSING: Voters Urged to Think First
Letter from Douglas B. Lansing

Voters Urged to Think First

Some shared thoughts as you head to the polls:

Each candidate for each election should be evaluated based on their own merit. In my opinion, voting only “for my team” or “against your team” is lazy American citizenship. Down-ballot voting is dangerous for all of us.

American democracy has veered from our Founding Fathers’ intended destination. We, the citizens of America, have to bring the American Republic back on course.

WHELAN: ‘I Want My Republican Party Back’
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

‘I Want My Republican Party Back’

To the Editor:

I am writing as a Registered Republican and in protest of Stefanik’s representation of our party.  She is a person who consistently misrepresents herself, just as she does the results of the past Presidential election. This is a person who said that Pence, the honorable Vice-president during the Trump administration, did the wrong thing by certifying the clear results of the Electoral College and the popular vote. Which means that in her view he should have helped overthrow the lawful and constitutionally based process, to keep Trump in power.

WILLCOX: Another Call for Voters This Election
Letter from Keith Willcox

Another Call for
Voters This Election

In his letter of October 13th, Bruce Beckert gives a concise image of the current Republican Party. His sources of honest information might’ve included Fox News and Infowars, but those in the know are already familiar with them. He did sign his name, which puts him ahead of the “Sound-Offers” in that other paper. Most importantly, he urges us all to vote. Not to worry, Mr. Beckert.

Keith Willcox
Roseboom

Read the original letter from Bruce Beckert HERE.

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – NYS Comptroller

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races in November to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. We asked them:
A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?
We will run these answers over the next few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Meet the Candidates for New York State Comptroller

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – 21st district Representative

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races in November to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. We asked them:
A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?
We will run these answers over the next few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Meet the Candidates for
Representative in Congress, 21st District

Bound Volumes: 10-27-22

Bound Volumes

October 27, 2022

182 YEARS AGO
When the polls are open, vote yourself and then look out for the rest. Be at hand all day, and if there be a democrat missing start out after him. Possibly he may be backward with his seeding and unable to lose the time required to go to the place of voting. Send him along and work for him yourself. Do anything that is fair and honorable to get out the voters. Bear it in mind that the Democrats never have lost the contest when they all turned out to the election. Don’t forget this! Some men station themselves at the ballot box, on the day of the election, to brow beat and overawe poor men, who may happen to be in debt to them. Democrats! Will you suffer this thing to be done? No, you must never tamely bend to the tyrant oppressor’s yoke! You must be permitted to vote as precisely as you wish. Stand at the polls until the ballot box is closed, and see that the infirm Democrats are not kept away from voting by the crowd. Men are employed in some places to block up the polls and keep the Democrats away. Watch well that the way is kept clear.

October 26, 1840

Seward: Positive Future
Letter from James L. Seward

Positive Future

We are at an incredibly important crossroads in New York and here locally. We need thoughtful leadership in Albany that will look out for our interests and set the state on a course for a positive future. Fortunately, we have Peter Oberacker as our state senator leading the charge.

In his first term as state senator, Peter has worked extremely hard to represent everyone who lives and works in the 51st Senate District. Employing his experience as a local government official, small business owner, and volunteer first responder, he has fought for the issues that mean the most to us here at home — not the Albany special interests.

Moving forward, we need someone who will continue to stand up for our Second Amendment rights, work for fiscally conservative measures that will help rebuild our local economy, and make sure the new 51st Senate District — the entire district — receives the attention it deserves.

When I endorsed Peter as my successor two years ago, I did so knowing he would serve as a thoughtful, caring representative of the people of his district. He has done just that, building partnerships with stakeholders throughout the region, educating himself on the concerns of families and individuals, and ensuring that we have a strong voice at the State Capitol.

I continue to offer my wholehearted endorsement and ask that you join me in voting for our senator, Peter Oberacker, on Primary Day, August 23.

James L. Seward
Former New York State Senator

Early Voting Has Begun

Early Voting Has Begun

The polls have opened for the voters of Otsego County to vote on who should finish out the term in the office vacated by the now Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. The candidates are Pat Ryan (Democrat & Working Families)  and Marcus Molinaro  (Republican & Conservative) .

Registered Otsego County Democrats will also be voting in the primaries for the 19th Congressional District and the 21st Congressional District while registered Otsego County Republicans will be voting in the primary for the 51st New York State Senate District.

Early voting will be taking place at the following dates and times:

EDITORIAL: ‘Yes’ on budget votes

Editorial

‘Yes’ on budget votes

New York State annually reserves the third Tuesday of May for voters to cast their ballots on local school district budgets and board of education seats. It’s an important opportunity for the community to participate in
shaping local education policy, and we urge all eligible voters to take a few minutes and do so on May 17.

We urge readers to visit the website of their local school district — each has a good description and analysis of the budgets up for the May 17 vote along with the details of when and where the vote will take place.

In addition, we urge voters to support school budgets as proposed in each of the county’s local school districts. These aren’t spendthrift plans — in each case, district leaders navigate the rough seas of local demands and state mandates with an eye toward minimizing the school taxes property owners must pay. The programs these budgets support are essential to every student’s education — academic, athletic, artistic, vocational — each is a vital part of the comprehensive tool boxes that today’s world demands. The teachers and staff whom these budgets support are essential, too, of course — called out correctly as among the heroes of the pandemic and beyond, and deserving of our unified support.

Use VOTE411 as candidates guide

Use VOTE411 as candidates guide

The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area held a candidates’ debate for the two open seats on the Cooperstown Central School District Board of Education last week. There are three candidates running, Alicia Chase, Peter Iorizzo, and Cody Moore. Maureen Murray, Co-president of the LWV of the Cooperstown Area, moderated the event. The school board elections are non-partisan; candidates do not run as members of a party.

On Election Day, May 17, voters will also vote on the 2022-2023 district budget.

The election will be held at the Cooperstown High School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any citizen, 18 years of age or older who has been a resident of the district for 30 days preceding the election is qualified to vote. Absentee ballots are available at the district office. Contact Wendy Lansing at 607-547-5364.

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