---- — Critics wrong about mayor, trustees
Having been a trustee for Cooperstown for six years, I know firsthand what it takes to keep the village on an even keel. The parking situation is only one part of many that the mayor and trustees have to oversee. There are the Water and Sewer Departments, the water shed supervisor, three zoning boards, the Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, and the Historical Preservation and Architectural Review Board, as well as committees for trees, Doubleday Field, the trolley, the library, streets and buildings and public safety, which includes the police department and fire company, just to name a few, as well as a $5 million plus budget to go over line by line every year to see how taxes can be kept down.
By the way, only $1,779,194 was raised in taxes toward the bottom line of the current budget. Where does the rest of the money come from? Paid parking helps. They also write grants to secure money to help with all the expenses incurred in the business of running our government. All of this is accomplished by the mayor, six trustees and many volunteers who give of their time and expertise.
So it was with dismay that I read the vitriol spewed out recently by some people on Facebook, many of whom don’t even live in Cooperstown. They have the right to express their views, that’s the American way, but intelligent people disagree in a respectful manner. They were critical and insulting to the mayor, but I didn’t see any one step up to run for the job.
Where are all the people who think they could do it better? Mayor Katz is running unopposed. What if he decided that he had had enough of the insults and carping and wasn’t going to run again? Cooperstown would be in a sorry mess.
I think you should all be grateful to Jeff Katz and send him thanks and encouragement. And how about volunteering your time to some of the many committees? You might be able to help change or alter the laws to which you object. There are a couple of old trite quotations that come to mind but seem applicable here, “put your money where your mouth is,” and to paraphrase an old Indian quotation, “walk a mile in their shoes before being critical.”
Empty bowls filled with thanks
On March 1, the entire community turned out to support the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, a benefit for the Cooperstown Food Pantry. Local potters created over 400 beautiful bowls, more than 30 restaurants and individuals made the delicious soups and breads, and many businesses and individuals donated items for the raffle. Christ Church welcomed the event with open arms, over 320 people were served, and close to 40 volunteers ensured that it ran like clockwork. With the generous support of corporate sponsors Gordon B. Roberts Agency, NYCM Insurance, and Bieritz Insurance, the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon generated net proceeds of $6,800 for the Cooperstown Food Pantry, bringing the total raised by this event over the past eight years to $44,620.
Our deepest thanks to all who helped make this event such a tremendous success, including the following businesses: Alex & Ika Restaurant, A Rose is a Rose, Augur’s Book Store, Bocca Osteria, Brewery Ommegang, Carefree Gardens / Origins Cafe, Cooley’s Stone House Tavern, Cooperstown Diner, Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Cooperstown Wine & Spirits, Danny’s Market, Doubleday Cafe, Dog Wild, Glimmerglass Alpacas, Inn at Cooperstown, Jackie’s Restaurant, Jive Cafe, Karen Katz Studio, Lemon Tree Shop, LM Townsend Catering, Mohican Florists, Nail Club, Nicoletta’s Cafe, The Otesaga, The Painter’s Farm, Price Chopper, Riverwood, Sal’s Pizzeria, Stagecoach Coffee, Toscana’s and The Tunnicliff Inn.
The list of selfless individuals who donated their time and talents is lengthy, and includes many of your friends and neighbors. Together we are supporting one of the most important services in Otsego County. We look forward to the day when there are no more “empty bowls.”
Co-chair, Empty Bowls