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May 19, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 19, 2014

25 years ago

May 19, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Representatives voted 11-3 late Wednesday night to purchase about six acres of land for a new jail next to the county nursing home near Phoenix Mills.

The land will be purchased from L.S. Huntington and Sons Inc. for up to $9,000 an acre.

Representatives will know the exact amount the county will purchase after a surveyor has mapped the acreage, according to Rep. Joseph Franzese, R-Cherry Valley, chairman of the county Buildings Committee.

Under the current strategy, the land next to The Meadows eventually will have the county jail and a central kitchen, in separate buildings.

The central kitchen will serve both jail inmates and the elderly under the county senior meals program, representatives said Thursday.


50 years ago 

May 19, 1964

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP)— A trial away from Cooperstown was ordered Monday in a $625,000 suit by a housewife who contends she was libeled in the paperback novel, “The Sex Cure.”

The book, by Mrs. Isabel Moore under the pen name of Elaine Dorian, has Cooperstown as its locale.

In granting the author’s and publisher’s request for a change of venue, Justice Robert O. Brink of State Supreme Court found that a fair and impartial trial might not be held in Otsego County (Cooperstown) because “truthfully or not,” the book “allegedly exposes the private mores of some of the local inhabitants.”

The appellants had asked that the trial be held here. Brink however, ordered it moved to Cortland, which is about the same distance from Cooperstown — 70 miles — but geographically and traditionally is less associated with the historic village than is Binghamton.

The judge gave no reason for his choice of Cortland.



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