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RUDY: Mayor Waller Approached All With Integrity, Sincerity

Mayor Waller Approached

All With Integrity, Sincerity

To the Editor:

Re: “50-Car Parade Salutes Cooperstown Mainstay” in last week’s newspaper.

As reported, some have said had they known of the tribute to Carol Waller on Dec. 19, they would have been there. Add my wife, Suzanne, and me to the chorus. We have known Carol through mutual friends for most of the 32 years we have been in Cooperstown.

My introduction to Carol was in the early 2000s during her tenure as a village trustee, then mayor. I was one of the original baseball aficionados involved with the formation of the Friends of Doubleday.

In those days, we were trying to work with the Village Board to establish an endowment to be used for the rehabilitation and enhancement of Doubleday Field. Some of the structural and legal issues involved in doing so were complex and did not present easy solutions.

Throughout the months, turning to years, of discussions between some of us proponents of an endowment and the Village Board, Carol distinguished herself by her consistent open-mindedness and intellectual integrity.

Although she expressed some skepticism at times as to whether our private initiative could be structured to meet municipal legal and other requirements, none of us ever doubted her sincerity – something some of us felt was not displayed by some of her elected colleagues.

I, for one, will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to interface with such an honorable and dedicated public servant. Thank you, Madam Mayor.


RUDY: 5 Traffic Signals Doing Job Of One

5 Traffic Signals

Doing Job Of One

To the Editor:

Until now, Cooperstown could be characterized as a quaint little village with one traffic light.
That one light, on Main and Chestnut, has multiplied into five: one one each corner and one suspended above the middle of the intersection.

Is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or just a case of Buy 4 Get 1 Free?


Where Does Money Come From?

Where Does Money Come From?

To the Editor:
Senator Seward’s lament over taxes and fees passed in the recent legislative session (“A Little Here, A Little There. Suddenly, It’s Many Millions,” Sept. 5-6, 2019), provided a source of bemusement to this reader.
I kept remembering the multiple times over the years that Senator Seward has been part of a photo-op presentation in the media
where he was shown handing a New York State check (often around election season) to a local government or private organization to support a certain program or need.
Where does Senator Seward get those checks? The answer is obvious – from the coffers of the New York State treasury, funded by those very same taxes and fees he rails about.
I had hoped that we only had to put up with this type of hypocrisy at the federal
level; apparently, it has seeped into our state politics as well.


This Original ‘Friend Of Doubleday’ Might See Dream Come True

Friends of Doubleday Past

This Original ‘Friend

Of Doubleday’ Might

See Dream Come True

Rudy: Even 25 Years Ago, Ballfield Was ‘Worn’

This artist’s rendering shows what the third-base bleachers will look like when complete. The $5.8 million project will also renovate the historic grandstand and improve the Main Street entrance to the Doubleday Lot.

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Cooperstown Baseball B&B proprietor was one of the first Friends of Doubleday when the organization formed in 1994. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – A lifelong love for everything baseball.

That’s why a small group of men started the Friends of Doubleday in the early 1990s, according to John Rudy, a retired lawyer and now Cooperstown Baseball B&B proprietor, who was present at the creation.

The story of the Friends’ founding began in the summer of 1985 when Rudy, still practicing law in New York City, and 30 other men from all over the country enrolled in a fantasy baseball camp in Cooperstown. This was long before companies like DraftKings came to be, where you could get your fantasy baseball fix from the comfort of your own home. Fantasy baseball camp gave players that exhilarating rush of playing that magnificent old ball game.

“We got our own teams and uniforms. We stayed at The Otesaga. And we all got to play on teams with these former Major League players for three days on Doubleday Field,” he said. “It was incredible.”

Rudy didn’t go to the 1986 camp, but he enrolled in the 1987 one with 50 other guys. That summer, though, things went awry.

Isn’t Resisting Everything Prescription For Decline?

Isn’t Resisting Everything

Prescription For Decline?

To the Editor:

Your editorial on The Simpsons’ “D’oh Canada” episode nicely expresses an optimistic counter to the show’s negative portrayal of Upstate New York.

From a macro sense, it would be hard to find fault with your even-handed depiction of the many causes of the decline across the state, as well as the various efforts at reinvention and renewal.

Most telling was your observation that one of the problems of success…is there’s too much to lose in abandoning the status quo. That observation also holds true at the local level.

We would all do well to ponder whether opposition and resistance to change in our villages and towns – whatever the issue – is motivated solely by a desire to leave things as they are, regardless of the economic and social consequences.  For to do so has been shown, time and again, to be a prescription for decline.



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