Archives for September 2020

College And County COVID-19 Update

SUNY Oneonta reports 3 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. The case count since the beginning of the semester is 690. These cases are based on tests conducted off-campus several days ago. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among college employees. 1 student is in on-campus quarantine. Hartwick College reported 1 new COVID-19 case on Tuesday with 3 cases still active. The total case count is 1.

Benton Wins Cooperstown Trustee Seat

The results are in from a runoff election held on Tuesday to decide who gets the second trustee seat in Cooperstown after Macguire Benton and Mary Margaret Robbins tied after the initial ballot count. Benton received 343 votes while Robbins garnered 308 votes. Incumbent Joe Membrino secured his re-election with 287 votes in the initial election held earlier this month.


Bassett Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

The Otsego County Department of Health reports 3 Bassett Healthcare Network employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials tell All Otsego it’s not clear where the first worker contracted COVID-19 but that individual came in contact with a family member who also works at Bassett. The third case was confirmed through contact tracing. A Bassett spokesperson says they learned of the positive cases last Friday and are testing all staff.


Three Bassett Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

New Berlin Looks At Abolishing Police Department

New Berlin residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to abolish the town’s police department at a public hearing next month. Supervisor Robert Starr tells the Evening Sun the coronavirus severely impacted revenues and while the town has enough in reserves to run the department another year lawmakers want citizen input on taking action before then. The hearing is at 5:50 p.m. on October 13 at the New Berlin Town Hall.


NY Eviction Moratorium Extended

New York’s moratorium on COVID-19-related residental evictions is now extended through the end of the year. The moratorium was established in March and in June the Tenant Safe Harbor Act was passed that contained the moratorium plus financial assistance to residential renters and landlords. Earlier this month Governor Cuomo extended a moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures until October 20th.


KH Sells Walton Plant To French Company

The Kraft Heinz production plant in Walton is about to get a new owner. The food giant announced it’s selling its natural cheese business to Lactalis Group for $3.2 billion. This affects brands such as Cracker Barrel and Breakstone but Kraft Heinz will still make Philadelphia cream cheese and Kraft singles along with Velveeta and Cheeze Wiz. The sale includes production facilities in California and Wisconsin with the workers transferring to Lactalis Group.


College And County COVID-19 Update

SUNY Oneonta reports no new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. The case count since the beginning of the semester is 687. 1 student is in on-campus quarantine. Hartwick College reported no new COVID-19 cases on Monday with two cases still active. The total case count is 18. According to the Otsego County Department of Health there are a total of 883 coronavirus cases with 15 active and 1 person hospitalized.

No Halloween Parade In Cooperstown

Halloween 2020 in Cooperstown will not have a parade. According to All Otsego the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce informed the Village Board they are not seeking a parade permit this year because of COVID-19. Chamber officials say about half of the Village’s 20 businesses say they will be handing out candy during the annual trick-or-treat event on Sat., Oct. 31. The state hasn’t issued a directive on Halloween events.


No Cooperstown Halloween Parade, ‘Safety’ Encouraged In Trick-Or-Treating

Delhi Man Faces Child Sexual Assault Charge

An investigation into a child sexual assault in Delhi results in charges brought against a 58-year-old man. Police say they apprehended Gary Stevens of Delhi last week for predatory sexual assault of a child and first degree rape. Stevens was booked into the Delaware County Jail without bail at arraignment. Investigators say there may be additional charges and they ask anyone with any pertinent information to contact them.


‘Vanished Fauna of the Catskill Mountains’ This Saturday

A group called Wild Hudson Valley is holding a presentation and guided walk on Saturday entitled “Vanished Fauna of the Catskill Mountains” which will look at creatures which once inhabited the Catskill Mountain region but have disappeared over the last three centuries. This event is free and takes place at Woodchuck Lodge on Burroughs Memorial Road in Roxbury from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. We have more info posted at our website