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March 15, 2012

Our Opinion: Contest or not, vote

— Next Tuesday is the annual village election. Residents will vote for a new mayor and two members of the board of trustees.

Like many of the races in village elections throughout the area, Cooperstown’s is uncontested. Although we try to avoid making predictions, it appears Jeff Katz will be the new mayor of the village.

Katz, the senior member of the board of trustees, has demonstrated his readiness to hold the top elected office in the village. We have been impressed with the amount of research he puts into developing a well-rounded understanding of the issues. Through that research he has come to understand how things have been done in the past, what has worked and what has not. Katz is not afraid to bring new and sometimes unpopular ideas to the table and look for new solutions to long-standing problems in the village.

His experience in office makes him uniquely qualified to be mayor and he has shown that he has the time and willingness to give his attention to the many day-to-day issues involved in running village government.

It also appears that James Dean will continue as a trustee and Cynthia Falk will become the newest member of the board.

We hope people don’t let an uncontested election keep them from exercising their right to vote. It’s a right people in many countries don’t have and one that we should not take for granted. Think of it as a warm-up for the presidential election in November.

The last two years, there was a good turnout for the annual March election — of course there were also hotly contested races and a display of partisan politics that is uncommon in the village. We urge residents not to use the uncontested nature of the election as an excuse for not voting.

Go the to polls next Tuesday and cast your ballot.

Good luck boys

We also want to wish the Cooperstown boys basketball team good luck in the state Class C semi-finals in Glens Falls on Friday.