Following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last spring, Governor Cuomo issued an order requiring all 330 communities in New York State with police departments to form Community Advisory Boards to review “policies and procedures” by that date.
That covers three governments in Otsego County:
• The Village of Cooperstown: Monday, Feb. 22, the Village Board approved its “Police Reform Plan” more than a month ahead of schedule, having completed the review and taking it to public hearing. The findings can now be forwarded to the Governor’s Office.
COOPERSTOWN – Not one, but two Otsego County mayors highly recommend boating on Glimmerglass this – or any – fall.
Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig have long loved boating on the lake – motor, sail, kayak, paddleboard – you name it. And while summer is peak boating time, both go out on Lake Otsego through autumn – Herzig and his wife Connie until mid-October, and Tillapaugh and her husband, Gary Kuch, until mid-November.
“The fall colors are glorious when you’re on Otsego Lake,” Tillapaugh said. “You’re surrounded by them.”
With her family’s house only 1½ blocks from the water’s edge, Tillapaugh grew up boating on Otsego Lake.
“I had my own little wooden boat at age 12,” she said, “which I bought with money I earned scooping up the golf balls people at the Country Club hit into the water.”
The feud between James Fenimore Cooper and Cooperstown over citizens’ unauthorized use of what today is the Three Mile Point village park went on four decades after the writer’s death in 1851, until Samuel Shaw, half-century editor/proprietor of The Freeman’s Journal, bought it from a Cooper heir in the 1890s and turn it over to the village. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch recounted that controversy in discussing the history of the village’s four lakeside parks – Three Mile, plus Lakefront, Council Rock and Fairy Spring (no “s”) – at yesterday’s annual meeting of the Otsego Lake Association at Fairy Spring. The Lake Association named Jane Forbes Clark, inset, as its Lake Citizen of the Year, an honor accepted on her behalf by Bob Sutherland, Mohican Farm manager. In her lecture, Tillapaugh recounted how a feud between Clark’s grandfather, Stephen C. Clark, and his brother, Robert Sterling Clark, caused the latter to sell all his local holding in the 1930s and leave town; the Lakefront Park property went to Otsego County, and the village then bought it from the county for $15,000 with a gift from Robert Clark for that purpose. She also detailed more recent history, and how a park master plan in the 1990s open the door for grants to create today’s Three Mile Point; Rotary Club donations were also key to the effort. Jim Howarth and David Sanford continue as OLA co-presidents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Editor’s Note: Here are two final Letters to the Editor endorsing candidates in the upcoming Cooperstown village elections. The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.