Valley Viewpoints

Discrepancies in Leotta documents

Recently, City of Oswego officials acknowledged the economic impact the city’s $87 million consent decree has placed on Oswego residents.

This decree stemmed from a federal and state court action, against the city, for dumping sewage into the Oswego River.

Non-compliance, with the provisions of the decree, could result in further court actions and penalties. The City Engineer is responsible for the correct implementation of this work.

With the possibility of a further increased tax burden on the residents, you would expect that a competent person of good moral character would oversee this project.

Consider this: on May 6, 1969, an Application for Examination or Employment (AFEOE), for City Engineer, was filed with the City of Oswego Civil Service Commission by Anthony A. Leotta. On the application he indicated that he was licensed as a professional engineer in New York state.

However, a state Education Department document indicated he was not licensed, in New York, until 3/20/75.

On Nov. 13, 1971, a survey map, for a parcel of land in the city of Oswego, was signed: Anthony A. Leotta, P.E. Oswego City Engineer. A complaint was filed with the state Education Department Aug. 31, 1974, concerning Leotta holding out to be a professional engineer when he was not licensed, in New York, at that time.

The rules of the Board of Regents required that “All complaints, notwithstanding their origin or the department, person or office which receives them, are to be forwarded immediately to the Executive Secretary of Professional Conduct” (Section 17.2).

This was done Sept. 16, 1974.

“In the month of December 1974 there was an investigation conducted here by the Division of Professional Conduct…”  The only discernible result was Leotta finally obtained a license in this state.

Subsequently, the state Education Department realized Leotta stated on his AFEOE he was a licensed PE in New York state. He was not.

Another investigation was launched. As part of this process the city furnished the state Education Department with a copy of Leotta’s AFEOE — this document did not indicate that he was licensed in the state of New York.

The city of Oswego had presented two different Leotta AFEOE’s, on various occasions, claiming both were correct city documents. Incredulously, the spurious application, sent to the state Education Department, was on a form that was printed in 1972 — Leotta was hired by the city in 1969.

According to a mayor’s office document dated Oct. 31, 1975: “…the investigator ruled that since the original application was returned to the Civil Service File, that there would be no warrant to prosecute regarding Mr. Leotta.”

George M. Clark

Oswego

 

Legislator thanks Meals on Wheels drivers

I just wanted to take a moment to shout out a special thank-you to the drivers involved with the Meals on Wheels program.

The recent stretch of snow that added several inches to several feet in some places is always a hardship thrown into the mix of delivery of food to the senior citizens in need of such a service.

The impassable areas, driveways and walks that have not been cleared due to health, age or disability issues become that much more of a task in this wonderful program.

Kudos to the those that show up in the accumulating snow and load up their vehicles and take off in order to make sure others are taken care of.

Thank you so very much for every inch that you tread, in order to feed others.

May you have a GREAT holiday!!!!

James Karasek

Oswego County 

Legislator

 

Recipe for change

It’s that time of year.

Yes, this time of year everyone is exchanging recipes. I have one that everyone (well, those that care)in Fulton will want.

A Recipe to save a City:

1. Everyone who receives a pay check from the city shall live inside the city limits. (Right now we have firemen that make over $100,000 a year and they don’t live in the city.) No grandfather clause, one year to comply.

2. Require the fire department to work three 8-hour shifts shifts (will require four crews of eight per shift — minimum manning of five per shift). Save on OT and comp time.

3. Require two police officers per car (saving on cars and gas)

4. Require DPW to work three shifts (with garbage collection at night). This will save OT.

5. Require two men per truck on the garbage collection — this will save the jobs for this department.

6. Put the city on a four-day work week — eight hours per day. A 32-hour work week. (For all but fire and police)

7. All but department heads should be part-time seasonal (this is new hires only)

8. Increase rental permit to $600 for three years. ($200-for 2nd unit, $100-for 3rd unit, $50-for 4th, max at 4). This will bring in an added revenue of around ¾ million dollars every three years. (Add inspectors every three years on a seasonal part-time basis)

9. Put some bite into the bark of code enforcement. (Make code violators pay a processing fee, not a fine — if not paid, add to water bill)

10. Put the highway department on three shifts also. (Hire part-time seasonal workers for snow plowing and removal) — save money on OT

11. Make all city workers (DPW-Highway-Water) same job class and pay rate — this will save money and jobs.

12. Require, I repeat, require the state pick up their fair share of retirement cost. This increased after 9/11 but that was 12 years ago

13. Request a three-year waiver of tipping fees for all garbage sent to county landfills by city of Fulton DPW trucks.(This will save the city money and therefore be able to save the DPW workers-jobs)

Now I know that in most recipes you can leave out some of the ingredients and the outcome may be almost the same. In this recipe the only things that must stay in are items #1, 2, 3, 4, 6,8,12 and 13.

I would try this recipe before I accepted any money from the State. If you add state money into the recipe you then would wind up with S.O.S.

Frank Castiglia

Fulton 

 

New Granby councilor thanks voters

My name is Eric Clothier, your new town councilman of Granby.

I would like to thank those of you who voted for me. Together we can all make a difference. I will do my best to make changes for the people, keep taxes where they should be and maintain the roads as they should be maintained.

Getting elected is only the first step. We need your help to push forward and strive for what is best for Granby. You can do this by attending the meetings and making your voices heard. Please help me in making Granby a better place to live.

Thank you.

Eric Clothier

Granby

 

Thanks for festive music

Once again, we and many members of the Fulton community enjoyed the annual Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert in the G.R. Bodley auditorium.

The music provided by the Fulton Community Band was highly entertaining and enjoyable. At some point during the concert, Fulton’s little drummer boy, Jim Myers, presented director Carol Fox with a gift from band members.

He also took the opportunity to mention how overworked he was using a variety of different instruments in playing one particular song. Carol’s response was, there was a reason why percussionists are located at the back row of the band.

During the evening’s performance a special musical arrangement was dedicated to Jack Walsh and Muriel Allerton who passed this year.

The Roamin’ Catholic Choir, led my Delores Walrath, helped put us in the Christmas mood with a number of Christmas carols. And, finishing out the evening’s concert were Mary Hamer running up and down the aisles with the Hamer sing-a-long group trying to keep up.

President of the Fulton Music Association, Steve Chirello, did his usual great job in welcoming all to the concert. Thank you to Tom Nami and Rob Lescarbeau for their technical assistance.

Bob & Sandy Weston

Fulton

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