Last year, when Ellen Tillapaugh was elected Cooperstown’s mayor, she appointed me to fill her open trustee position. I had volunteered for many organizations over the years (OCCA, PTA, the food pantry) and had served on various village committees including the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Environmental Sustainability Committee, and most recently the Parks Board. Still, I wondered how my experience as a hospice triage nurse would transfer to the the Village Board. In my professional life much of what I do is listen, assess, prioritize and problem solve. After accepting the trustee position I realized that my professional skills proved quite useful in my new role.

During the past year, I served as Parks Board chair. In this capacity, I helped develop plans for several upcoming improvements to Pioneer Park. With support from Friends of the Parks, Fairy Spring Park saw many improvements in 2018 including a new waterfront platform, upgraded retaining wall and a new staircase. As Parks Board chair, my continued priority will be making our parks more accessible and inviting to everyone.

If elected to a three-year village trustee position I will continue to listen, and will work to ensure our village remains a vibrant, sustainable community into the future. I hope you will vote on March 19 at the Cooperstown Fire Hall. Thank you for your support!

Jeanne Dewey

Cooperstown

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