Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz said he is planning to move forward with a number of projects this year and credits paid parking with helping to make the projects possible.
Katz and Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh were sworn in for their second terms April 7.
The ceremony took place in the village office building, with about 20 people attending, including trustees Cynthia Falk and Bruce Maxson and National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.
“It’s great to be mayor of this village,” said Katz, after taking the oath of office.
Trustee Lou Allstadt, who was also re-elected this year, was unable to attend the ceremony. Katz said that Allstadt will take the oath the next time the board of trustees meets.
“It never feels routine (getting to sworn in),” said Katz. “I’m the mayor of Cooperstown, which is pretty cool.”
Katz said the focus of this year’s tentative budget was split several ways, including building up reserves for infrastructure projects, repairing streets, repairing the village government building and catching up on vehicle replacements.
Asked about what an expected series of good induction years at the Baseball Hall of Fame could mean for the village, Katz said that huge crowds were good for business, Main Street and Cooperstown as a whole.
“People swarm in … and they see the good things we have,” said Katz.
He also said that the village would benefit from the increased revenue, which would allow the village to continue to improve its infrastructure and put an even better face on Cooperstown, mentioning this year’s Main Street renovation.
“It all does feed in,” said Katz.
Katz also talked about paid parking. Introduced last year, Katz credited the controversial law with providing the village with needed funds, saying that $370,000 from paid parking and $20,000 from parking permits have been included in this year’s tentative budget, comparable to a 20-percent tax increase.