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December 19, 2013

Village trustees proposing only small parking changes


Katz said that the trustees all have indicated that they are supporters of on-street paid parking, but that they are still open to changing more details of the system next year. However, he said that he didn’t think that the March 18, 2014 village election would change the program. Katz, Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and trustee Lou Allstadt will be up for re-election and have all unofficially said they will run again.

Katz and Tillapaugh are Democrats and Allstadt is an independent. New Otsego County GOP chair Vince Casale said that he expects to run a full slate of candidates in 2014. But opponents of paid parking, party affiliation not-withstanding, would likely need to win elections in 2014 and 2015 before having the votes to repeal the on-street paid parking from the village.

“Even if all three of us are defeated, it wouldn’t be enough to end paid parking,” Katz said. “The idea that the other members, who have all voted for it are suddenly going to change their votes the next day, doesn’t seem realistic.”

The Democratic nominating caucus is set for Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cooperstown Fire Department. The GOP caucus has not been set yet, but can take place any time between Jan. 21 and 28. 

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