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New York Pizzeria Seeks To Expand Parking, Seating

New York Pizzeria

Seeks To Expand

Parking, Seating

Innovative PDD Zoning Sought

Michael George, Emily George and their friend Elianna Geertgens stroll past NY Pizzeria. Owner Joe Vezza has bought the former Triple-A office, at right, which he plans to demolish for parking. The main entrance would be moved from the front to the side of the building, and outdoor tables would be set up there. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – It’s a village hot-spot, and customers intent on New York Pizzeria’s offerings park along Chestnut and Elm streets, and in the off-hours fill the parking lots at the adjoining Bank of Cooperstown and Triple-A offices.

Restaurateur Joe Vezza

And that’s in the off-season.

Several months of village meetings from now, the crunch should ease, restaurateur Joe Vezza is predicting.

Triple-A has consolidated in Oneonta, Vezza’s bought the building, and he’s planning to demolish it to add 12 more off-street parking spaces.

The plan shifts the main entrance from Chestnut Street to the south side of the building, so patrons can enter from the parking lot.  Also, three tables for outdoor dining may be added there.

Vezza, who since expanding from Richfield Springs a decade has also opened Bocca Osteria and The Upstate Bar & Grill, and his architect, Teresa Drerup, appeared before the Village Board Monday, April 22, to get a complicated regulatory process underway.

Letter to the Editor: LEGAL POT? NY Should Beware Of Pitfalls


NY Should Beware Of Pitfalls

Editor’s Note: This appeared in YourAAA, the Jan./Feb. edition of the Automobile Association of America/Northeast. Our state Legislature may legalize recreational marijuana as soon as this month.

The legalization of marijuana is gaining popularity within the U.S. A recent Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization. More than half the states have legalized marijuana use to some extent.
Of the six states in the AAA Northeast footprint, only Massachusetts has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. But there have been recent pushes to legalize it in both New York and New Jersey.

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