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February 21, 2010

Letters to the Editor: February 18, 2010

Vote for Katz, Mebust and Eldred

Cooperstown is fortunate to have Jeff Katz as a candidate for Mayor. He has been Deputy Mayor for two years and served as Trustee for five years. As Chairman of many committees, he is already familiar with the workings of the Village government. He has acted above and beyond his responsibilities as a Trustee by making all of the contacts to bring the big name concerts to Cooperstown.

These concerts not only generated much-needed funds for the Village coffers, but also for the Main Street merchants, restaurants and for the Cooperstown Fire Department, whose members ran the food concessions at the concerts. He petitioned Middlefield and the Town of Otsego to double the amount of their donations for their use of our Library. He has been instrumental in obtaining many grants and in getting paid parking into Cooperstown.

He went to the County to get Cooperstown a bigger share of the bed tax. All of this in an effort to improve the financial situation of the Village without putting an unfair burden on taxpayers.

I have lived in Cooperstown for over fifty years and knew Joe Booan, Alton Dunn and Doug Walker when they were kids growing up here. They are now intelligent, responsible grown men. They are from fine old Cooperstown families.

However, I don’t see that this should give them any edge in this election.

Jeff did not grow up in Cooperstown. He came here by choice. He saw this as the ideal place for his children to grow up. He has been a responsible citizen in every sense of the word. Jeff has served Cooperstown as a private citizen as well as an elected official. He has been involved in bringing class acts to the Cooperstown Concert Series and the Concerts in the Park each summer. During his tenure as Chairman of the Parks Board, Badger Park became a reality. Cooperstown now has a playground, picnic area and skating rink, which bring pleasure to many. His accomplishments over the past five years are too numerous to state here as it would make this letter much longer than it already is. However, they are documented in the minutes of past Trustee meetings that are at the Village Office for anyone interested to see.

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