Pals since their days at Cooperstown Central, Jacob Russell, left, and Patrick Dewey are on the move at this hour, competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Judy Steiner Grin of Fly Creek, inset, took and photo and had her photo taken with a banner she prepared to let Jacob and Patrick that fans from their hometown were on hand. The team have surpassed their fundraising goal of $10,000, which will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children, in Ashford, Conn. Jacob is graduating in May from Harvard, and Patrick from Edinboro in Pennsylvania.
In his unmistakable bright yellow, Oneonta’s Brandon Gardner, who’s been running distance events since he was 8 years old, accelerates from the starting line at this morning’s Hall of Fame BASE Race, which starts and end in Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. This is the sixth BASE race – it stands for “Be A Superior Example.” Fees collected help underwrite a Hall program aimed at encouraging young athletes to embrace healthy – non-steroid – lifestyles. At right, two Cooperstown running pals – Jacob Miller and Patrick Dewey – were competing together again, as they have since their days at Cooperstown Central. They’ve just completed their sophomore years, Jacob at Harvard and Patrick at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Democratic Chair Asks Rick Hulse To Withdraw Lawsuit
By JIM KEVLIN • for allotsego.com
COOPERSTOWN – Since he has Cerebral Palsy, Patrick Dewey is unable to sign his name: Instead, he uses a rubber stamp with his “mark” above it.
That’s not good enough for the county Republican Committee, according to Democratic Committee chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown.
In a lawsuit challenging the petitions of Democratic candidate Andrew Marietta, who is running against Republican county Rep. Rick Hulse for the Cooperstown-Town of Otsego seat, the GOP is seeking to knock off Patrick’s signature.
“Rick knows him (Patrick) personally,” said Abbate, and he called for Hulse to withdraw the challenge to Marietta’s petitions. Hulse didn’t immediately return a call, but his response will be added to this post when received.
Dewey received a standing ovation at CCS’ commencement Sunday, June 28, when he graduated with honors. He plans to attend Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and pursue a career in radio.
“It’s things like this that gives the political process a bad reputation and makes people not want to get involved,” said Abbate.
“He’s only half right,” responded GOP county chair Vince Casale, also of Cooperstown. “He’s half right, because people are upset with politicians who skirt the law … There are thousands of candidates across the state that had to follow the same set of rules, and nobody is exempt from that.”