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March 11, 2013

Few face opponents in area elections


Voting will be conducted at the village hall on Lover’s Lane, from 2 to 7 p.m. March 19.

Polling times for most other villages runs from noon to 9 p.m.

Other villages with contested mayoral races include Delhi, Hancock and Stamford. In Delhi, Mayor Richard Maxey is facing a challenge by village Trustee Gerry Pilgrim. Their party affiliations were not immediately available. In Hancock, Mayor John Martin, a Republican will be tested by Eugene Morgan, who is running as an independent.

In Stamford, Mayor Michael Jacobs, a veteran lawyer, is being challenged by Vera Bell, the Stamford town clerk.

Cooperstown, the largest village in Otsego County, has no contested races, assuring that three candidates for three open village trustee seats will all be elected. They are: Lou Allstadt, a retired oil company executive who has been active in the anti-fracking movement; Bruce Maxson, a part-time public defender; and Joan Nicols, a medical technologist for Bassett Medical Center.

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz said he was pleased that qualified candidates have signaled a willingness to roll up their sleeves and help the village address issues of importance to the citizens.

“Village government is a true democracy,” he said. “The distance between you and the crowd is about five feet. People approach you on the street with a concern, and they expect you to act on it. And we do. There are times when the proximity can lead to personal relationships getting strained. But that’s an OK price to pay for being so directly connected to your elected officials.”

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