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January 30, 2010

Letters to the Editor: January 28, 2010

Katz is a proven leader

Jeff Katz has proven himself to be an excellent Village of Cooperstown Trustee and Deputy Mayor. I strongly recommend that we elect him as Mayor on March 16.

Jeff brings several important strengths to the governing process. First, he has a clear understanding of the critical priorities for the village _ sound financial management, infrastructure maintenance and improvement, and preservation of our quality of life. Second, he is a strong leader who is willing and able to accept responsibility while aggressively recruiting capable and responsible people to get involved in community projects and village government.

Third, he exercises good and reasoned judgment in carrying out his duties as Trustee. Fourth, Jeff is a great listener.á Even when he does not agree with one’s point of view, he respectfully listens and always offers a well-reasoned, thought-provoking alternate view.

Jeff’s responsible leadership and involvement in the key issues recently facing the village are good examples of why we should elect him as Mayor.áHe played a key role in the debate over raising rates for teams playing on Doubleday Field, establishing a more rational fee schedule for an undervalued village asset and providing additional income for the village.

He is a strong proponent of testing the implementation of paid parking _ last year’s income from paid parking was significant, equal to a 6.7 percent increase in taxes.

Income from parking came primarily from nonresidents whereas a tax increase would have been the burden of village property owners.

We need intelligent, hard working, responsible community members to lead and govern.á Please join me in voting to elect Jeff Katz as Mayor on March 16.

Stephen Mahlum Cooperstown Volunteers should be recognized Annual reports by the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), FoMA (Friends of Music and Art) Sports Boosters, and CFEE (Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education) were presented to the Cooperstown Board of Education at our Jan. 13 meeting.

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