To the Editor:
Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I were deciding where to settle to pursue our careers and raise a family, and in our search we found Cooperstown.
This beautiful village, situated equidistant from my hometown of Rochester and John’s hometown of Worcester, Mass., felt like the perfect place to call home. We chose well – Cooperstown has indeed been a wonderful community to be a part of.
Through the years, I have been active in the community, volunteering my time and energy to many different local organizations, including the PTA, OCCA, and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. I have also served on several different village committees, including the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Environmental Sustainability Committee, and most recently the Parks Board.
Last year, when Ellen Tillapaugh was elected Cooperstown’s mayor, she appointed me to fill her open trustee position. I accepted the position while wondering how my experience as a hospice triage nurse would transfer to the Village Board. I discovered that many of my professional skills have been helpful.
In my professional life much of what I do is listen, assess, prioritize, and problem solve. I believe my ability to do these things well has proved useful in my role as trustee.
During the past year, I served as Parks Board chair. In this capacity I helped develop plans for several upcoming improvements to Pioneer Park. With support from Friends of the Parks, Fairy Spring Park saw many improvements in 2018, including a new waterfront platform, upgraded retaining wall, and a new staircase.
As Parks Board chair, my continued priority will be making our parks more accessible and inviting to everyone.
If elected to a three-year term as village trustee I will continue to listen, and will work to ensure our village remains a vibrant, sustainable community into the future. I hope you will vote on March 19 at the Cooperstown Fire Hall. Thank you for your support!