COOPERSTOWN – Retired assemblyman Tony Casale and wife Theresa had some of the best seats at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration this morning: With 650 other New Yorkers on the eighth-floor, the penthouse floor, of The Newseum, three short blocks from the activities at the U.S. Capitol.
“I could walk a few steps and look down at the Inaugural Parade,” Casale, who is senior adviser to Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Committee, said a few minutes ago from Washington D.C. He was among the hosts of today’s event.
COOPERSTOWN – When the county’s Republican candidates can all be found partaking of pancakes and sausage in the front window of the Vets Club on Main Street, you can bet it’s Election Day. And today, as Cooperstown Rotarians served their traditional Election Day pancake breakfast, it is.
Governor Cuomo is being challenged by Republican Rob Astorino. Congressman Chris Gibson, R-19, who is expected at the Vets Club before noon, is being challenged by newcomer Sean Eldridge, the Democrat. There are statewide races for attorney general and controller.
Locally, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is unopposed. The hottest local race, perhaps, is in the Town of Oneonta, where Town Board member Trish Riddell Kent, who was appointed Jan. 1, is being challenged by David Rowley, the retired school superintendent.
Polls are open until 9 p.m., with all Oneonta voting at Foothills, and all Cooperstown voting at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Church Hall.