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March 12, 2010

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Eric Hage



Cooperstown



Hage is currently completing his first term as Village Trustee. He has chosen not to seek re-election.



I will represent the interests of all



In my five years experience as Trustee I have shown real accomplishment as I’ve served on virtually every committee. On those committees and Boards, I have worked diligently, attending meetings, and doing tireless research to approach old issues with new information, or to come up with fresh, innovative ideas to present and act upon.



I’ve worked with the same diligence for the committees I haven’t been on, such as Sewer Board, in dealing with permits and grants.



Specific issues come and go, but how one approaches the process stays the same. I have always been consistent in my approach, honest and open in my discussions, with one overriding principle: what is for the general good of the residents of this Village. While there are many different constituencies, and they all must be listened to, the residents are whom we are elected by and whom we represent. I never lose sight of that in my work as a Trustee.



Having served as Deputy Mayor the last two years, I’ve seen what it takes to be Mayor. While the Trustee job entails hours of committee work, the Mayor’s job takes a different time commitment.



I can tell you that being on call for the Village as Deputy Mayor, whether it’s fielding calls from the office, getting phone calls from residents or consultants, or pursuing issues that are beyond the usual task of the Trustee role, can, and has, taken hours of a normal day. The Village is faced with more and more complexity, more and more work. It needs a Mayor with more time to devote to the well-being of the Village. Fortunately, my work schedule is flexible and my personal needs can be adjusted to accommodate the Village’s. In cases of emergency, I am always in the Village, prepared and able to respond.

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