COOPERSTOWN – Democrats in the two towns that serve the Village of Cooperstown – Otsego and Middlefield – were fast out of the gate this morning as the county Board of Elections began accepting petitions at 9 a.m. for the Nov. 5 elections.
In the Town of Otsego (including Cooperstown west of the Susquehanna, incumbent Supervisor Meg Kiernan filed to run again, and two newcomers submitted petitions for Town Board seats: Suzanne Johnson and Matthew Zwissler.
FLY CREEK – Taxes have emerged as an issue in the Town of Otsego in the final days of the Town Board campaign, with a Republican incumbent saying they “may double” and a flyer from Republican candidates delivered over the weekend estimating the increase at 25 percent.
But Town Supervisor Meg Kiernan, who is running unopposed in Tuesday’s election, said taxes will go up only a bit this year and still be lower than in 2015. “The Town of Otsego is healthy,” she wrote in a letter to the editor.
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SANTA’S COTTAGE –2 p.m. Decorating Party. Help Cooperstown Committee decorate Santa’s cottage and the village lampposts for the holidays. All decorations provided; please bring wirecutters, gloves, and ladders, if available. Meet in Pioneer Park. Free photo of your family in front of Santa’s Cottage as a thank you. To reserve a pole, email Meg Kiernan, firstname.lastname@example.org Meet in Pioneer Park, Cooperstown.
CELEBRATE NATIVE AMERICAN MONTH – 1 p.m. Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Chief of the El Nu Abenaki tribe of Vermont, will tell traditional tales and display tools and crafts of Northeastern woodland cultures. Program is free and open to the public. Suny Oneonta College Camp Lodge, 119 Hoffman Rd., Oneonta. For more info call 436-3455 or CLICK HERE.
PROGRAM – 3 p.m. “The Very Greatest Victory: Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in NY State” with Dr. Susan Goodler. Friends of the Village Library Lecture Series. Village Meeting room, Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info @ Sunday Programs page villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
After a stormy period in the Town of Otsego, former town supervisor Meg Kiernan is running unopposed for the top town position in the Nov. 3 local elections, according to a list of candidate released a few minutes ago by the county Board of Elections. The deadline for filing petitions was 5 p.m. Thursday.
Kiernan, a Democrat, would succeed Republican Anne Geddes Atwell, whose sparring with the town Planning Board climaxed in May with the arrest of an angry resident who had allegedly harangued the Town Board at a meeting at the town hall in Fly Creek.
The Town of Otsego encompasses all of the Village of Cooperstown west of the Susquehanna.
In other town elections:
• In Worcester, retiring county rep. Don Lindberg, a Republican, is running for supervisor against incumbent Democrat Diane Addesso.
• In Richfield, incumbent Fran Enjem is being opposed by Paul Palumbo. Both are running as independents.