Coxsackie Officials Consider Changing Town’s Name

By Fenwick Jolsen

Published December 29th, 2014

COXSACKIE — Tired of the strange looks, off-color jokes and giggles every time someone hears the name of their town, Coxsackie officials confirmed they are considering a change to the municipality’s moniker.

“I just don’t get it,” said Town Councilman Burt Wilkerson. “I mean it’s not even spelled the same as, well, you know... Anyway, it just really fries my grits that people are that immature.”

But, Alice Brannigan, a lifelong Coxsackie resident, said she would welcome the change.

“How would you like to live in a town that is constantly the butt of jokes? I mean if the whole genitalia thing weren’t bad enough, we also share a name with a nasty, nasty virus. It’s disgusting.”

Wilkerson characterized talks as being in the preliminary stage, adding the issue is more complex than people realize.

“There’s more to it than just simply coming up with a new name,” Wilkerson said. “There are budgetary issues to consider as well since we’d need new letterhead, town-wide signage, chachkies and things like that. Just thinking about it gives me a headache.”

Town Clerk Betty Lemon said some residents have already stopped by the municipal building to submit suggestions for a new name, including: Noodlepocket, Rodbag, Flutepouch and Handfootmouthdisease.

“We’ll see,” said Lemon. “It’s still very early.”