Katz said a Deputy Treasurer couldn’t directly step into the role of Treasurer; the position would have to be advertised and candidates would have to be interviewed. “It isn’t like a Vice President to President situation,” he said.
However Katz did point out that Keator had been Cooperstown’s Deputy Treasurer for a month in 2011 when Mary Ann Henderson left to take a similar position in Hamilton, and he was hired to replace her.
Katz said he would not comment on, or make any endorsement on the county position. Katz is a Democrat and Keator is a Republican, but they have worked together for the Cooperstown for nearly two years now, during Katz’s time as a trustee and as mayor.
“I have been waiting for someone to ask me that,” he said, “but officially I just want to say ‘no comment.’ I know Dan and the job that he has done for the county and I know Ed and the job he has done for the village. The most important thing for me is the village. If Ed leaves, then we will be prepared to make the transition.”
In 2009, Crowell became the first Democrat in memory to win an Otsego County-wide election, edging out Keator, 6,305 votes to 6,149.