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News of Otsego County

Penny Gentile

Low Turnout At Hearing Clears Way For ’19 Budget

Low Turnout At Hearing

Clears Way For ’19 Budget

Due to the snow, perhaps, no member of the public appeared at the public hearing on Otsego County’s 2019 budget, which began at 6 p.m. this evening in Courtroom #1 in Cooperstown.  Above, county board Chair David Bliss, left, gave the floor to Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern to officially convene proceedings.   The budget keeps the tax increase under the state tax cap, and includes $500,000 in raises for 104 “M&C” (management and confidential employees) following a two-year, 16-county study to determine “average” wages.  This county’s wages, it turned out, are 20 percent below the average.  The study also recommended the county reps receive a $3,000 raise to their $10,500 salaries, the first increase since 2008.  Inset at left are county Personnel Director Penny Gentile, whose office conducted the salary survey; County Attorney Ellen Coccoma, County Treasurer Allen Ruffles, and Deputy Treasurer Andrew Crisman.  Seated in the jury dock, in top photo, are, from left, County Reps. Andrew Marietta, Gary Koutnik, Danny Lapin, Peter Oberacker, Michele Farwell, Keith McCarty, Andrew Stammel and Ed Frazier.  Seated next to McGovern is her deputy, Jenna Utter.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Classic Game Nearly Fills The Stands

Classic Game Nearly Fills The Stands

As MLB Stars Launch 75th Season

Former Yankee Hideki Matsui, potential'18 inductee, connects for a base hit on his first at-bat this afternoon as the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic got underway.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Former Yankee Hideki Matsui, potential ’18 inductee, connects for a base hit on his first at-bat this afternoon as the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic got underway. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Usher Penny Gentile takes time out from her duties to applaud the action on the field in front of a packed Doubleday Field grandstand.  "The stadium looks full to me," said Ken Meifer, Hall VP/development and vice president of the Destination Marketing Corp. of Otsego County.
Usher Penny Gentile of Cooperstown takes time out from her duties to applaud the action on the field in front of a packed Doubleday Field grandstand. “The stadium looks full to me,” said Ken Meifer, Hall VP/development and vice president of the Destination Marketing Corp. of Otsego County.
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