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Village Of Cooperstown Hosts Zoning Revision Info Session

Village Of Cooperstown Hosts

Zoning Revision Info Session

COOPERSTOWN – An informational session on possible revisions in the zoning code to create more housing is planned at 6 p.m. this evening in the fire hall, 22 Chestnut St., Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk announced.

An official public hearing will be held later, but this will give residents a chance to be briefed and ask questions.

Potential changes are designed to meet a call for more housing contained in the village’s updated 2016 Comprehensive Plan and to bring the code up to date with current terminology and legal requirements.

Plant 30 Trees A Year in Cooperstown, Survey Recommends

Plant 30 Trees A Year In

Village, Survey Suggests

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to

Cindy Falk

COOPERSTOWN – As many as 30 new trees a year could be planted in Cooperstown starting in 2020, according to Village Trustee Cindy Falk.

“Right now we’re planting about a half a dozen trees a year,” she said.

The Davey Resource Group of Kent, Ohio, just released a survey of the village’s 1,897 trees, with a proposed maintenance schedule of removals and plantings.



Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Takes Office In Ceremony

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh

Takes Office In Ceremony

Outgoing Trustee Second Woman In Top Job

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch poses with her two predecessors – Carol B. Waller and Jeff Katz – after she was sworn in a noon today in ceremonies at Village Hall, 22 Main St. Lower left, Trustee Cindy Falk signs the register after her swearing-in for another three-year term; husband Glenn held the Bible. Lower right, Trustee Jim Dean is also sworn in for another term by Village Administrator Teri Barown; his wife Eileen holds the Bible. The Village Board’s reorganizational meeting is at 6:30 this evening. (Jim Kevlin/
A Better Normality Returns To Pioneer


A Better Normality

Returns To Pioneer

After $1.2 million worth of digging, water- and sewer-line replacement and roadway reconstruction, the final bucket-load of asphalt was put in place shortly after 2 p.m. today by a crew from G. DiVincentis & Son, the Binghamton contractor that has been rebuilding Cooperstown’s Pioneer Street since the day after Labor Day Weekend. From left are Ed Fox, South Otselic, Lenus Beaulieu, Harpursville, Joe LaClair, Port Crane,  and Dave Kotarski, Binghamton. In rear, Carmen DiLoreto, Binghamton, directs traffic. Dennis Bozzi, Binghamton, was driving the backhoe and Mike Manderville, Harpursville, was supervising. A new flagpole will be erected later this week at Pioneer and Main to replace the one taken down during the reconstruction.  The crew will be back in the spring for final paving of the street and  to install new sidewalks.   (Jim Kevlin/
Cooperstown Readies Pioneer Street Reconstruction

Pioneer Street Rebuilding

Sparks Parking Concerns

Village Trustee Cindy Falk and Travis Smigel, Delaware Engineering designer, go over the $1.2 million project to rebuild Pioneer Street, and replace water and sewer lines in the process. (Libby Cudmore/


COOPERSTOWN – After five years of saving paid parking revenue, the Village of Cooperstown is ready to start the $1.2 million Pioneer Street Reconstruction Project and pay for it with money set aside.

“Some of these pipes date back to the 1890s,” Trustee Cindy Falk, who chairs the Village Board’s Streets Committee, told a public meeting tonight at the fire hall. “In 2014, during the Winter Carnival, we had a water main break while it was snowing. There were crews plowing and crews trying to fix it. They’re over 100 years old. We’re living on borrowed time.”

Cooperstown’s Katz Joins Coalition Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown’s Katz Joins Coalition

Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown announced today that Mayor Jeff Katz has joined Climate Mayors (aka, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or MNCAA), a network of nearly 300 U.S. mayors representing over 60 million Americans.

Climate Mayors are working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.

Sansevere: Village Has Too Much Government

Sansevere: Village Has

Too Much Government

Incumbents: Committees Help Tap Expertise

Village government has too many committees, John Sansevere, center, independent candidate for Cooperstown Village Board in the Tuesday, March 21, elections, tells a League of Women Voters’ forum underway until 9 p.m. at Village Hall.  In the past, he has enumerated them at 22.  The two incumbents disagreed.   Lou Allstadt, running on independent and Democratic lines, said committee allows issues to be dealt with in a focused way.  Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, a Democrat, said committees allow the village to tap communitywide expertise.  The three were reacting to a question by David Locke, inset at left, who asked the trustee candidates to detail what they believe are the biggest issues facing the village.  The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. on the 21st.  (Ian Austin/

Village Hall Declares Snow Emergency

Village Hall Declares Snow Emergency

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown has declared a snow emergency from 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15.   Now parking is allowed on village streets once the snow starts and until the streets are cleared or the time expires.

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