OTSEGO — Hundreds gathered outside the Susquehanna SPCA’s new facility in Cooperstown for a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, July 17, which they say would help better service the needs of animals who are homeless and in need of caring adoptees.
In spite of the humidity — one young woman apparently fainted during remarks from State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland — the crowd was lively and enthusiastic, some bringing their own dogs to the ceremony.
Stacie Haynes, who as executive director has been at the forefront of this whole project, told the crowd this has been her “dream job” and joked she “hasn’t been home since.”
“I’m a dreamer and optimistic by nature,” Haynes said, but never imagined she’d be “standing on a multi-million dollar campus.”
Haynes thanked the “Shelter Us” capital campaign, which was largely responsible for raising the money necessary to build and open the facility, calling them an “all-star group.”
The Shelter Us Capital Campaign was able to secure a grant from the New York State Animal Capital Fund from the Department of Agriculture and Markets in order to move the facility to state Route 28 near Cooperstown.
I’m writing today in enthusiastic support of Jill Basile, candidate for Otsego County Board, District 14, (Wards 7-8).
I have gotten to know Jill through her volunteer work for the Susquehanna SPCA, on whose board she also serves. Time and again, in a crunch when volunteers are crucial, she rolls up her sleeves, literally, and gets to work, no matter how dirty the job. She gives back in other ways too: She’s served as director of Oneonta Reading is Fundamental since 2017.
Jill’s background, education, and work experience also impress me. She was raised in Otsego County and knows our region very well. Her undergraduate education in business and master’s in Student Affairs Administration prepared her for a productive career managing college facilities, developing programs and educating students and advisers alike.
Her fine work at Hartwick College earned her the Adviser of the Year Award, 2010-11. She currently serves as academic adviser at SUNY Delhi’s School of Nursing, a position she has held since 2014.
In addition, she has valuable experience in human services, having worked with Opportunities for Otsego and the Child Advocacy Center. Jill has counseled people in crisis, and advocated for those without a voice.
She has facilitated the complex interface between health care providers, law enforcement, schools and social services when families, individuals or children are in peril.
Jill is very well qualified for this position. She’s a giver and gets things done – our county board would be very lucky to have her! District 14 – vote Jill Basile on Nov. 5!
We appreciate this paper’s coverage of local dissent from the global United Methodist Church’s “Traditional Plan” which passed by a slim majority at the church’s conference in February of this year.
To those not acquainted with the issue, the Traditional Plan continues the UMC Book of Discipline’s codified discrimination of people identifying as LGBTQ. Those so identifying are not turned away from church, but they are denied full benefits of membership.
The implied message to LGBTQ people by this decision is that there is something wrong with them, that they are just not worthy.