COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, assistant coach on CCS’ 2015 state championship girls basketball team and former Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, has been appointed head women’s basketball coach at SUNY Herkimer.
Hazzard earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics and sports management from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in organization management from Colorado State University.
It is a true honor to write to you today and encourage residents to get out and support Hanna Bergene as trustee for the Village of Cooperstown.
I had the distinct privilege to work alongside Hanna during her tenure at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. For more than three years, Hanna worked diligently on behalf of both the businesses and residents of our community. On a daily basis her tireless work ethic and passion was on display, skills that she will bring with her to the trustee position.
In our next trustee, it is essential we have someone with a vision for the future of Cooperstown. Having been born and raised here, Hanna would bring her local knowledge and insight to the position. As a young professional, she has grown expediently, from her days at Stagecoach Coffee, to her role at the Chamber, she now serves as a key figure in marketing our county in her role at Paperkite Creative.
All of these experiences have positioned her as the right person at the right time to serve in this role.
While working together, we spoke frequently on the amazing opportunities and potential for our beautiful village. For key issues that have been discussed in this community for years, such as more affordable housing, creating a vibrant Main Street, and embracing younger generations, we need a Trustee that will go the extra mile. She has proven it time and time again with her volunteerism and involvement in local community groups.
For anyone that knows Hanna, her love for our community is evident, and I am confident that she will serve the entire community well.
COOPERSTOWN – Tara Burke, director of communications and program development for the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce in Elmira, has been selected at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, effective April 8, it was announced today.
She plans to attend the annual meeting on March 28 at Brewery Ommegang, so members will get a first chance to meet her then.
COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April.
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.
COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director for almost five years, today announced he is resigning to concentrate on his family business, Leatherstocking Trolley Co., effective in April.
The three-month notice “will allow the board to do a full search for a new executive director,” he wrote in an email to members. “In the meantime, the chamber will continue to operate in the best interests of our membership and the business community.”
The littlest team, Coach Matt Hazzard’s Price Chopper, got a big job this morning, carrying the lead banner in the Little League Parade into the CYB Field in Hartwick hamlet. It took a little while to get the hang of it, but the players then successful led their fellow athletes into the season. From right are Lily Vilacky, brothers Connor and Landon Van Buren, Paxton Hazzard, Graham Schiellack, Joe Conti and Carter Coleman. At the field, players sang the National Anthem and former coach Dave Pearlman, left, threw in the first pitch. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – At the request of the village trustees, Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard is alerting his membership to attend upcoming meetings to express their views on four issues: paid parking changes, snow emergencies, trolley stops and flood-damage prevention.
Two public hearings on related laws are planned, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, and “the public is strongly encouraged to attend and share their points of view,” said Hazzard.
Hazzard provided these details on the proposed laws:
COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard’s can-do attitude while fighting cancer has resulted in his selection as one of 29 “Wilmot Warrior Walk” honorees to be recognized Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Highland Park Bowl in Rochester.
Being suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with a severe type of lymphoma meant Hazzard, now 34 and executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, didn’t have time to plan, said Ruth Harper-Rhode, University of Rochester Medical Center spokesperson, in announcing his selection.
COOPERSTOWN – 68 percent of respondents to a Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce survey believe extending paid parking from Labor Day to Columbus Day would have a negative impact on their businesses, Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard announced today.
“Results are the entire membership,” said Hazzard in a letter to Chamber members. “If just the Main Street Business District were represented, the number skew heavily in the direction of negative impact … It is evident that our members are against the expansion of paid parking to Columbus Day.”
Only 20 percent of those surveyed feel that, due to extra revenue in village coffers, the impact of expansion the paid-parking season could be positive.
Hazzard, who will present the findings at 7 p.m. this evening at a Village Board hearing on the required law change, will also propose village trustees convene a meeting with downtown businesspeople before any further expansions of paid parking.
He listed this additional points that he plans to present this evening:
The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce has alerted members the Village Board is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 25, on expanding paid parking five weeks from the Labor Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend.
And the chamber is again surveying members on how they feel about expanding paid parking, and to e-mail the survey to email@example.com
“This is an opportunity as a business owner and/or resident of the Village of Cooperstown to be heard,” chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard wrote in an e-mail to members. Last year, when the chamber polled members on a plan to expand to paid parking to additional streets, “nearly 75 percent of our membership that responded were against the expansion.”
We won! No one fights alone and we did it together! I can officially say, that I am cancer free! My wife and I can’t thank everyone enough. Rather than type my thoughts, I figured I would record what I am feeling. Please share with everyone you can. All of us are affected by cancer in some way, and hopefully this can show others it can be done!!! Thank you to Mike Millea, Jen, and Elizabeth Millea for being there with Stephanie Hazzard and I today!
Matt Hazzard posted this video yesterday announcing the good news: He is cancer-free after a 10-month ordeal.
COOPERSTOWN – Matt Hazzard, the youthful executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, announced yesterday on his Facebook page that he is cancer-free less than a year after being struck with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
“I could not ask for a better way to end to 2015,” Matt said today in a followup e-mail to Chamber members when, following a PET scan, doctors advised him of his recovery.
“All of the support that the entire membership of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce has provided me during this battle has been incredible,” he continued. “This entire community rallied behind me, and showed the true spirit our community has. All of you are operating your own small businesses, and the time you took to support us will be something I will never forget.”