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News of Otsego County

Mac Benton

Trustee Urging Colleagues: Back Marijuana Stores

Trustee Urging

Colleagues: Back

Marijuana Stores

Benton: Embrace New Opportunity

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mac Benton

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Mac Benton said today he’s asked his fellow trustees not to “opt out” of hosting marijuana retailers in Main Street “store fronts,” as may be enabled in legislation moving “very quickly” in the state Legislature.

“It’s going to be great for businesses, it’s going to be great for farmers, it’s going to be great for racial justice,” said Benton, who today emailed a packet of information to Village Board members.  “It’s going to be great for a lot of things.”

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said a few minutes ago that she has received Benton’s packet, and the initiative may be discussed in the “new business” segment of the agenda at this evening’s meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.  The idea would not be voted on tonight, she said.

‘Mac’ Benton Steps Back From Challenging Marietta

‘Mac’ Benton Steps Back

From Challenging Marietta

In Exchange, Incumbent Will Support

Trustee As His County Board Successor

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Benton
Marietta

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee MacGuire Benton has decided not to challenge fellow Democrat Andy Marietta for the county board’s Cooperstown/Town of Otsego seat.

An email the two men sent today to members of the county Democratic Committee says “we have come to the conclusion that there is much more that we agree on than  which divides us.

Mac Benton Is Joining Cooperstown Distillery

Mac Benton Is Joining

Cooperstown Distillery

Trustee Resigns From Elections Post
Mac Benton

COOPERSTOWN – MacGuire Benton announced a few minutes ago he is resigning as assistant Democratic elections commissioner at the Otsego County Board of Elections to join Cooperstown Distillery.

Benton, a Cooperstown village trustee, said he’s joining the growing company as the New York Brand Ambassador, working on strategic sales to expand the distillery’s brands across the Empire State.

He said he will continue to live in Cooperstown, “and plan on continuing my service to the village.”

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