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October 31, 2013


Cooperstown Crier

---- — Writer supports Schallert, Keator, Hulse

In the upcoming election, voters of the Town of Otsego and Otsego County are faced with several important choices that will have a great impact on our everyday lives as residents and taxpayers. I am asking that all of you join me in supporting the following candidates for election on Nov. 5:

John Schallert’s career in the construction industry with specific knowledge of road maintenance and bridge construction is invaluable to our Town. As a superintendent of interstate road and bridge projects his knowledge of projects, costs, materials and machinery is invaluable for our Town. As a past two-term Councilman he is fully knowledgeable of the Town budget and Highway Department. He will put our taxpayer money to its best and most efficient use while keeping our roads clear and in good repair. Mr. Pernat claims to have experience but a detailed review of Town minutes will reflect a tenuous ten-month term as Highway Superintendent coupled with part-time snow plowing for the town. The Supervisor at a board meeting thanked Pete a highway employee for doing the paper work for FEMA or the town would have lost a lot of money from the flood. As for recently resided Democrat, his hop-scotch resume does not serve the interests of our Town.

Rick Hulse right kind of private-sector experience we need on our County Board. His plan of implementing a County-Wide, Government Functional Process Map will aid the legislators in making better-informed decisions that are more aligned with the County Plan. As a seasoned businessman with experience worldwide, he can offer unique and creative solutions to overcome our County budget deficit create jobs and make government more efficient.

Ed Keator for County Treasurer – Ed has experience in our County Treasurer’s office and specifically, with the County budget. He is the current Treasurer of the Village of Cooperstown and during this very confusing time in our County Treasurer’s Office, Ed is committed to serving a full 4 year term to give our taxpayers the stability they deserve.

We are fortunate that these three candidates have chosen this critical time to serve our Town and County. On Nov. 5, please vote for John Schallert, Rick Hulse and Ed Keator.

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Kosmer has earned re-election

John Kosmer has earned to be re-elected as county rep for district 8.  

To be clear, John is by no means a single issue candidate around hydrofracking. He should be more accurately considered a central issue candidate.  Many contend that gas drilling and its buildout are the greatest challenge Otsego County has ever faced. He believes this is an historic time and that the fracking issue must be front and center. In so doing, he demonstrates his responsiveness to the heavy majority of district residents to preserve our water, air, health, businesses and property values.

Beyond hydrofracking, John also sees the need to provide broadband throughout our county to attract businesses and residents to grow the local economy. John believes that we must live within our means to insure that our water, food, energy, finances, businesses, jobs and resources are not depleted now and in the future. This means bringing long-term employment as opposed to the documented bust that will follow the many hazards that come with the so-called boom from gas development. He believes in, and supports viable alternatives: tourism, healthcare, education, and maybe most importantly, agriculture.

John is not one to readily accept the status quo from county government. He listens to his colleagues and constituents, does his homework on the issues and asks thoughtful questions. Only then does he take a stand and advocate for his positions. He worked hard to find a way to keep the Manor a county entity.

Thanks to John Kosmer for keeping his eye on the prize; the preservation of our quality of life through a long term vision for a prosperous and sustainable Otsego County. On Nov. 5, re-elect John Kosmer. Your vote will help ensure that he will continues to work hard for district residents.

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