Lt. Gov. Hochul visits Cooperstown: Local tourism leaders discuss coronavirus business impact


COOPERSTOWN, NY (WUTR-TV) — New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is encouraging New Yorkers to take a ‘stay-cation’ — in their own backyards.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Hochul made a stop in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame to speak with local tourism leaders across Otsego County to hear their financial struggles and to learn what local officials are doing to work around the financial losses.

There’s no doubt Otsego County is a county that relies heavily on tourism and sales tax.
Between the Baseball Hall of Fame, Glimmerglass Festival and the Farmers’ Museum, there’s a lot of tourist attraction in the Village of Cooperstown. Due the covid-19 pandemic, local municipalities have faced a significant loss of revenue, including Cooperstown.

“We know the reality of what we’re going through. We’re really planning for the future. The Lieutenant Governor mentioned this too shall pass. We’ve been creative, we understand the revenue we’re not going to make sure for but we’re doing the best we can right now given the circumstances and we’re going to start planning for a healthy 2021,” says Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Mead says with the museum being closed for 102 days, the museum is down about 80%-85% in attendance.

“I’ll be speaking to our administration about continuing to get more money from the federal government and how that money is trickled down to the small businesses on main streets, like places like Cooperstown because otherwise it’s going to be very devastating if we don’t get that assistance and get that soon,” says Lt. Gov. Hochul.

Before Lt. Gov. Hochul came to Cooperstown, she was in Saratoga Springs speaking with tourism leaders from that area.

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