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Fulton and Volney hook up for dog control

By Scott Allardice

The Town of Volney could be going into the dog control business next year — in Fulton.

Supervisor Dennis Lockwood said at the Dec. 10 town board meeting that Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward had contacted him about the possibility of  hiring Volney’s dog control officer to replace the city’s animal control officer.

“The city is struggling financially and our costs are in our people,” Woodward said.

The city’s animal control officer, Paul Cooper, is retiring in April. Woodward said the city budget contains about $60,000 per year for Cooper’s salary, benefits, animal traps, vehicle and other expenses.

Woodward said he proposed hiring Volney’s dog control officer, Don Mason, to handle only dog calls in the city and to pay a flat rate for each call, with the rate negotiated to cover Mason’s time, the use of the town’s truck and any other expenses.

Woodward praised Cooper’s work in the city, which also includes trapping nuisance animals, but said, “He’s not always that busy.”

Lockwood said Mason too is “not that busy” and it would be a “good thing for the two municipalities to get together.”

The proposal would not have Mason trapping nuisance animals, like skunks and raccoons. “We can do that with private trappers,” Woodward said.

The two municipalities will have to negotiate a rate for the dog calls and sign an inter-municipal agreement to authorize Volney’s employee to work in the city.

Woodward couldn’t say how much the proposal could save the city, but when asked if the plan would help Volney, he said “I

 

 

would hope so.”

Woodward said the city is looking to other ways to implement “shared services” with neighboring municipalities.

As for the savings on dog control, Woodward said, “We have to take it out for a spin for a year and see how it goes.”

Lockwood said the town’s 2009 pickup truck would be used for the work, but that “We would have to re-sticker it, it would have to say Fulton and Volney on it.”

Volney also has a dog kennel behind the highway garage with six dog cages inside and four or five outside cages for use in warmer weather because, Lockwood said, “the kennel is heated, but it’s not air-conditioned.

In other business at the Dec. 10 Volney town board meeting, town clerk Barbara MacEwen reported she had obtained four out of 11 potential signatures on a petition to create the Sherman Road — County Route 57 South Water District Extension #1.

If a majority of eligible voters, representing more than 50 percent of the assessed value of the eight parcels, sign the petition, the town board can add the new customers to the existing district.

The project would serve parcels left out the water district because the homeowners at the time were opposed to the project.

Now the current homeowners are anxious to join the existing 70 users in the water district.

MacEwen said she would continue working to gather signatures and the town board has tentatively scheduled a public hearing on the water district extension for 5 p.m. March 5, 2014, at the town hall.

Bob Guminiak, the town’s engineer on water projects, reported construction work is done on the MacDougall 6/45 water district. Restoration work on the disturbed ground areas will be done in the spring.

Guminiak said customers should be able to hook up once the water testing results are submitted to and approved by the Oswego County Health Department.

Amateur historian preserves Fulton in online newspaper archive

By Ashley M. Casey

First-time visitors to fultonhistory.com might be taken a little off-guard when they see a playful animated goldfish and neon text on the home page.

These quirky elements belie the vast project the site contains: more than 25 million newspaper pages collected by Tom Tryniski, a retired Fultonian.

In 1998, Tryniski developed an interest in old postcards. A friend lent him his mother and grandmother’s collection of postcards depicting the booming days of Fulton’s business past. His scope spread to old photographs and newspapers too.

“I scanned them in and I put them on a real simple website … on a redirect out of Russia,” Tryniski said.

At the time, his internet service provider would not allow the bandwidth for a commercial website with an American domain.

Since retiring from Harland Simon in 1999, Tryniski has devoted his own time and money to digitizing and uploading records of the past using a simple scanner, several PCs, and word recognition software that makes the newspapers searchable.

He invested in a microfilm scanner for $3,500 to expand his collection.

“I produced over four million images with that scanner,” he said.

In 2001, Tryniski approached then-publisher Vince Caravan about creating archives for the Valley News.

“I took a box every three or four days and I hand-scanned them with a flatbed scanner that was slow as molasses,” Tryniski remembered.

He moved on to scanning the Fulton Patriot and other area newspapers. Now he’s tackling more East Coast publications.

In March 2013, online news outlet ReasonTV released a video comparing Tryniski’s work to the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” collection.

Using $22 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chronicling America has digitized nearly seven million pages. That’s about $3 per newspaper page in costs to taxpayers.

Fultonhistory.com, which includes archives of the Valley News, the Palladium-Times, the Brooklyn Eagle and other newspapers across New York state and beyond, has 25,084,000 pages online, available for free.

The site also averages six million page views per month, twice that of Chronicling America’s.

Tryniski said that the feedback he receives about fultonhistory.com is very positive. Many people use his archives for genealogy research, or just to reminisce about “things they haven’t seen in years and years.”

Reading the newspapers he has collected has been a learning experience for Tryniski.

“I’m finding a lot of nice information about Fulton in the ‘30s and ‘20s,” he said, adding that the technical aspects of this pastime keep him on his toes as well.

He also assists site visitors in their research. “Not only do I get to help someone, but I get to learn myself,” he said.

Tryniski said he has no time for other hobbies. The scanning process keeps him incredibly busy, which he enjoys.

“I find it hard to focus on two things at once,” Tryniski said. “I’m only good at one thing at a time.”

Tryniski has created multiple backup copies of his archive just in case.

“I’m not going to let it drop off the internet if something happens to me,” he said.

As for what’s next for Tryniski, the piles of newspapers and photos in his house should keep him busy for years to come.

Beware when buying puppies

Submitted by Attorney General office

The state Attorney General has cracked down on an illegal dog seller from Oswego County.

According to a release from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Carissa Seaman, of Cleveland, bought animals, or obtained them for free, from Craigslist and the trading post of a local radio station.

She would then re-sell the dogs to other consumers for more money than she paid for them. In just one year, Seaman sold more than two dozen dogs.

Schneiderman said Seaman, who is not a licensed pet dealer, kept the dogs in her home, cared for them poorly and none received veterinarian care.

Per the terms of a voluntary settlement agreement, Carissa Seaman is permanently barred from selling animals or becoming a pet dealer.

The Attorney General urges those interested in bringing home a dog to adopt from a local SPCA or shelter.

If you go through a seller, follow these guidelines:

** Avoid sites like Craigslist, which are unregulated and enable unlicensed individuals to sell and flip pets.

** Get the address of the seller and inspect where the seller houses the puppies.  Do not buy a puppy from a seller who refused to allow you to do this.

** Prior to buying a puppy, ask the seller where he or she obtained it.  If the seller is not the breeder, ask for the breeder’s name.

** Find out the age of the puppy. A puppy should not be sold until it is eight weeks old.

** Ask for proof of all veterinary care the puppy has received, including records of inoculations and worming treatments administered, as well as the dates and types of vaccines.

** Inspect the puppy for indications of poor health (low weight, patches of missing hair, runny eyes or snout, the ears and bottom are not clean).

County legislators adopt budget for 2014

By Debra J. Groom

The Oswego County Legislature adopted the 2014 county budget Thursday night by a vote of 17 to 8.

Three Republican legislators joined the five Democrats in voting against the spending plan.

Those voting ‘no’ were Michael Kunzwiler, Amy Tresidder and Jacob Mulcahey, Democrats from Oswego; Douglas Malone, D-Oswego Town; Daniel Farfaglia, D-Fulton; Margaret Kastler, R-Lacona; Shawn Doyle, R-Pulaski; and Daniel Chalifoux, R-Minetto.

The legislature also approved amendments totaling about $177,000 before adopting the final budget. The final budget totals about $197 million.

The tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — increased $17,894 with the amendments. The tax rate will be $7.19 per $1,000 of assessed value, compared to $7.10 per $1,000 in 2013.

One of the items included in the budget amendments was the new contract between the county and the Oswego County Deputies’ Association.

The contract added about $124,000 to the budget. The deputies’ contract covers 62 full time and 23 part time deputies.

The legislature approved the contract  retroactive to 2012. It covers years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Deputies received no raises for 2012, 2 percent increase for 2013 and 2 percent increase for 2014. The old contract expired Dec. 31, 2011.

During discussion on the budget prior to the vote, Malone tried to get an amendment to the budget passed to not fill any positions currently open. But the measure failed, with only Malone, Kunzwiler and Farfaglia supporting it.

Kunzwiler, who is the minority leader, said he was going to oppose the budget because he doesn’t believe there was enough input from the Democrats in putting together a final budget. He also chastised the way the budget is written as a whole.

“I hope we can start (on the next budget) on Jan. 1,” he said. “We should do a study from day one. I have grave concerns on our reserves and where we’re going in the future. I think a lot more could be done when it comes to dialog.”

The new budget also includes $26,000 for a pilot project brought to them by District Attorney Gregory Oakes. Oakes proposed spending the money to hire an outside lawyer to handle all of the county’s appeals of felony convictions.

He told the legislators currently, one of the assistant district attorneys in the county DA’s office handles the appeals.

Oakes said if this lawyer instead spends all her time on prosecuting felony cases in county court, cases will be able to move through the system at a quicker pace, alleviating the amount of time defendants are spending in the county jail.

Oakes said this could lead to fewer people in the county jail at any one time.

Sheriff Reuel Todd has had problems for the last two years with overcrowding and has had to send inmates to other jails at $90 a day per inmates and transportation and overtime charges for the deputies taking the inmates to other jails. One year, this amounted to about $1 million.

Oakes said he wants to try the program this year and if it doesn’t save money, it will not be renewed for next year. Legislators approved the request.

History panel of US Brig Oneida on display in Oswego

A new interpretive panel of the U.S. Brig Oneida, part of the history-themed Great Lakes Seaway Trail Outdoor Storyteller sign series, was unveiled recently at the north end of Riverwalk West in West Linear Park.

The location gives visitors the opportunity to envision this significant part of Oswego’s history in the War of 1812.

“The Oneida saw more action during the War of 1812 than any other U.S. warship,” said Paul Lear, chairman of the Oswego County War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee and superintendent of the Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

“She was built on the east bank of the Oswego Harbor between 1808 and 1809. Later, the ship was moored on the west side where she was equipped and armed for battle.”

The U.S. Oneida participated in the first battle of Sackets Harbor and the capture of the British schooner “Lord Nelson” in June of 1812; the capture of York (now Toronto), Canada in April 1813 and Fort George, Canada the following month; and the Niagara River blockades of 1814, before peace was declared later that year and the War of 1812 ended.

Oswego County artist Robert McNamara worked with Lear and Dr. Gary Gibson, naval historian with the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, to produce an accurate account of the ship’s history.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Outdoor Storyteller panels have been made possible through federal funding to Seaway Trail, Inc. of Sackets Harbor.

The colorful series is open to the public year-round along the 518-mile national scenic byway from the St. Lawrence Riveralong Lake Ontario,to Pennsylvania.

The panels illustrate fascinating facts, legends and lore of historic, maritime, natural, cultural, agricultural and architectural attractions in the byway region.

The U.S. Brig Oneida panel was installed by the Oswego City Public Works Department. It is one of several projects sponsored by the Oswego County War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee to provide information about Oswego County’s significant role in the war.

Earlier this year, a painting of the warship by local artist Tim Ames was unveiled at the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium. Prints are available now at Lakeside Artisans, West First Street., Oswego.

Schools, businesses, museums, libraries, municipalities and organizations are invited to display the painting on site and share this piece of history with residents and visitors.

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Oswego willbemarkedat the annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium April 4-6.

For more information about the Oswego War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, or to schedule a display of the painting at your site, contact Paul Lear at 343-4711 or paul.lear@parks.ny.gov.

Honor roll students named at Oswego High School

Oswego High School Executive  Principal Brian Hartwell has announced the honor rolls for the first quarter.

Highest Honors

Brynn Adner, Casey Adner, Nathaniel Ahart, Ana Alcasid, Nina Alcasid, Abigail Allen, Emilee Anderson, Danica Aquitania, Victoria Armet, Myranda Arnesen, Emma Atkins, Erica Atkins, Dalton Babcock, Patrick Baer, Tyme Baez, Elizabeth Baker, Kaylee Baldwin, Jenna Ballard, Michael Beckwith Jr., San Benjamin, Tatiana Berkley, Nicholas Boone and Alex Borland.

Also: Katie Bradshaw, M’kenzie Bradshaw, Trevor Bradshaw, Jeremy Braiman, Brooke Broadwell, Hannah Brown, Molly Brown, Joshua Bucher, Ayla Busch, Zachary Bush, Michaela Callen, Justin Canale, Julia Capone, Derek Caramella, Joshua Carney, Jacob Cary, Raymond Casaletta, Jacob Caster, Amber Cavellier, Aaric Celeste, Alaina Celeste, Nicholas Chalifoux and Cody Cheeley.

Also: Miranda Clary, Joseph Clavelli, Steven Coffey, Kyle Collins, Madison Collins, Aristotele Concepcion, Kaylee Conner, Steven Courtney, Jordan Crapser, Nora Culeton, Kelsey Cullinan, Kerrigan Cummins, Philip Cummings,  Benjamin Dafoe, Sarah Dahar, Zachary Daino, Sean Dain, Alexander Davies, Evan Davis, Samantha Davis, Samantha Dawley, Adam Delaney, Erin Delaney, John DeLapp and Morgan Demong.

Also: Alexandra DeSacia, Zachariah DeSacia, Dominick Donabella, Clare Donovan, David Dorval, Caroline Dougherty, Olivia Dowdle, Patrick Dowdle, Garrett Dunsmoor, Emma Easter, Heather Eastman, Laurelann Easton, Madolyn Engle, Michael Farden, Olivia Farden, Brianna Fernandez, Celia Fitzgerald, Hannah Fitzgerald, Sarah Fitzgibbons, Olivia Flint, Aviriana Follet, Mark Forger, Alena Fresch and  Ryan Galvin.

Also: Jacob Gerber, Holly Gilbert, Zachary Gillard, Rachel Godden, Mallory Gordon, Natalie Griffin, Darrion Groff, Alexander Haessig, Taylor Hamer, Christopher Hannock, Alexa hardest, Alexandra Henderson, Shea Hewitt, Brianna Hill, Sarah Hoefer, William Hogan,  Cassandra Hondro, Daijah Hoskins, Nicholas Hurlbutt, Alexander Johnson, Courtney Johnson and Lisa Kanbur.

Also: Ryan Kearns, Alexander Kemper, Kyle Kemper, John Khamis, Dylan Kimball, Emily King, Sydney Knight, Katherine Knopp,  Julie Kon, Alexander Kouthoofd, Brooke Krassowski, Collin Krassowski, Alex Kunzwiler, Amber Lagoe, Tara Lagoe, Brianah Lane, Julie Lavery, Noah Lee, Rachel Leotta, Sydnie LeRoy, Bo Yang Li, Mayraliz Lopez, Trey Love, Magie Maas, Dylan MacIsaac, Roman Madlangbayan, Alexander Makin, Jack Malone, Molly Malone and Ryan Martin.

Also: Jordan McCauley, Kyle McCauley, Brianna McIntosh, Shannon McIntosh, Jenna McManus, Caitlyn McRae, Keeghan McSweeney,  Kory McTague, Natasha Mezza, Emily Mills, Johnathon Monteith, Taylor Montgomery, Sean Mooney, Liam Moran, Michaela Moran, Brooke Morrisseau, Allison Moshier, Tianna Moxley, Abigail Mulkerin, Morgan Mulkerin, Jessie Murray, Rebecca North and Elizabeth O’Gorman.

Also: Katherine O’Gorman, Kyra O’Gorman, Emily Oldenburg,  Paul Oleyourryk, Jacob Oleyourryk, Samuel Oleyourryk, Matthew Olszewski, Reilly Patrick, Chase Pelton, Taite Phillips, Madison Plyler, Francesca Polato, Emily Purce, Rachel Purtell, Monica Randall, Anne Reynolds, Mackenzie Rice, Claire Richardson and Alison Rodgers.

Also: Tysne Ruggio,  Jordan Runner, Zachary Salvador, Aubrey Sanderson, Douglas Schneider, Mitchell Schrader, Drazen Schrecengost, Elizabeth Scott, Katrina Sharkey, Brian Shaw, Connor Sheffield,  Brenna Sherman, Kennedy Singletary, Garrett Skinner, Kelly Skinner, Allison Smith and Carson Smith.

Also: Sarah Smolinski, Zachary Smolinski, Kelci Somers, Samuel Spaulding, Tara Stacy,  Abigail Stewart, Hannah Strzelinski, Christopher Sullivan, Joshua Susino, Jacob Sweeney, Rushen Temirova, Jordan Tryon, Nathan Tsutsumishita, Christopher VanGorder, Jhannine Verceles, Stephen Waite, Kara Weiss, Tory Welsch, Nikolas Whiteside, Monica Wilson, Siara Wilson, Isabella Winklestine, Matthew Wise, Emily Yamada and Meggie Zhang.

 High Honors

Arialees Alicia, Rana Al-Salameh, Meghan Anderson, Isaac Annal, Michael Anthony Jr., Alecia Ascenzi, Austin Attwood, Jordan Attwood, Alicia Baker, Haley Baker, Austin Batchelor, Matthew Bates, Austin Bell, Derek Bivens, Erica  Bivens, Jacob Boni, Trevor Boni, Shane Bowman, Timothy Boyzuck III, Connor Branch and Katherine Breezee.

Also:  Elaina Broadwell, Krysta Broeker, McKenna Brooks, Colton Brown, Zachary Burdick, Alexander Burns, Aleasia Burton, Alexander Bush, Jonathan Buske, Amanda Cali, Toro Campos, Amber Canbek, Kelly Canova, Zachary Carapetyan, Alexander Carl, Makayla Carson, Gregory Caster, Christopher Chalifoux, Meredith Chesare, Julia Choate, Natalie Chubon, Colin Clark, Megan Cleary, Caitlin Clemons, Matthew Clemons, Chase Closs, Caitlin Cole, Austin Coleman and Kara Collins.

Also: Joshua Connolly, Sydney Copeland, Kyle Crossman, Avery Croucher, Samantha Cutro, Whitney Daino, Caleb Davis, Christian Davis, Maia Delaney, Olivia DeLorenzo, Dennis Christopher, Marguerite Dillon, Jasmine Dingman, Lillian Distin, Jarrett Dudley, Sage Dudley, Seth Dunn, Zachary Eastman, Brett Ecke, Michael Edwards and Alexis Elmer.

Also: Morgan Engle, Robin Engle, Brandy Ermini, Kali Esden, Victoria Fix, Brandon Foley, Colleen Fraser, Kyle Freberg, Brandon Galletta, Alaina Galutz, Jacob Gardner, Victoria Gardner, Cory Gates, Caitlin Geroux, Carrie Gilbert, Grace Gilbert, James Gilbert, Samuel Gilbert, Matthew Giudilli, Matthew Glenn, Laura Godden, Thomas Godfrey, Kellie Gorman, Nathan Greene, Hannah Griffin, Anna Guinta, Alexis Hanna, Conor Henrie and Brandi Hibbert.

Also: Meghan Hourigan, Robin Huang, Hailey Ihlow, Evan James, James Jaskula, Alex Jermyn, Jhon Junio, Carrie Kelly, Grant Kelly, Nicholas  Kenney, Joseph Keytack, Hunter Kinzie, Hannah Kozel, Steven Kunelius, Amanda Lagoe, Kaleigh Laird, Denise Lamphier, Michele Lavery, Ryan Lavner, Craig Lawton, Matthew Lewis, Jaielle Litchison, Meghan LiVoti, Emily Lloyd, Stephen Mahan, Meghan Maniccia, Nicholas Masuicca, Luke May, Sammy Mays and Hunter Mazuroski.

Also: Benjamin McCrobie, Brittany McLaughlin, Makayla Mesec, Mariah Metcalf, Brandon Meyers, Shanell Myers, Jared Mills, Thomas Montgomery, Jessica Morgan, Madelyn Muckey, Emma Myers, Ariana Noel, Jordan Oatman, Emmett O’Brien, Santiago Orta,  Andrew Osetek, Eleanor Page, Dylan Pappa, Jonathan Parkhurst, Adam Pauldine, Olivia Peel, Liam Peterson and Brianna Pfeifer.

Also: Kiernan Proud, Haleigh Rahn, Katiria Ramos,  Elaina Rando, Conley Ratzlaff, Kristie Reitz, Elijah Restuccio, Sarah Reynolds, Courtney Richardson, Paige Richardson, Elexis Rinoldo, Shyanna Rivera, Angela Rookey, Elizabeth Rookey, Jorden Roper, Donovan Roy, Nathaniel Sanaker, Mariel Schickling, Nathan Schultzkie, Justin Semione, Megan Shafer, Nicholas Sheary and Edward Sheridan.

Also: Zachary Sheridan, Cole Shurtleff, Thomas Simmonds, Elizabeth Sincavage, Kristine Skogfeldt, Deondra Smith, Megan Smith, Ryan Smith, Matthew Spaulding, Sarah St. John, Corey Stevens, Alex Suits, Logan Sullivan, Nicholas Sullivan, Kayla Swenszkowski, Ciara Talamo, Joshua Talamo, Mark Taormina, Zachary Tepfenhart, Ashton Tharrett, Jessica Thompson, Johnna Tombolillo, Brandon Tracz, Mikayla Trapasso and Lydia Tryon.

Also: Rebecca Victory, Kayla Volkomer,  Tyler Walker, Joseph Wallace,  Joshua Wallace, Kenna Wallace, Matthew Warren, Faith Washington, Tanner Wegzyn, Noah Wells, Benjamin Whelsky, Mercedes Whiteside, Vanessa Wiltsie,  Sophia Woods, Bradley Wyman, Tyler Youngman, Carrie Yurkon and Richard Yurkon.

Honor Roll

Sultan Ahmed, Brittany Alton, John Aston, Mari Atkinson, Hayden Avery, Natahley Babcock, Katelin Ballard, Kyle Bardin, Graham Barney, Michael Barry, Allison Batchelor, Brianna Batchelor, Madison Bell, Tyler Benjamin, Tiffany Billington, Alexis Bivens, Haley Boardway, Robert Bogert, Tayler Bonney, Lauren Boshart, Danielle Boyzuck, Hannah Broadwell, Crystal Brooks, Bentley Brosch, Michael Bruce, Robert Bruce, Anne Burkett,  Joseph Burnett and Morgan Butterfield.

Also: Noah Byrne, Christan Cabanlig,  Ismarie Camacho, James Carpentier, Devin Caruso,  Alex Cass,  Gabriela Castiglia, Paige Chetney, Trey Clark, Megan Clary, Dylan Coleman, Mitchell Cook, Morgan Cook, Travis Cowles, Danica Crawford, Patience Crawford, Zachary Crisafulli, Merritt Czerow, Francis  Dahar, Seardan Darrow, Chandler Davis, Spencer Davis, Zachary Delbrocco and Eric Demidowicz.

Also: Patrick Dillon, Trisha Ditton, Emily Domicolo, Thomas Donahue, Joshua Dumas, Dakota Ellis, Jalen Familo, Brooke Farnsworth, Samantha Fenske, Zoe Ferris, Angelo  Gentile, Danielle Gilbert, Hailey Giocondo, Alissa Gonzalez,  Leeya Gordy, Caitlin Gordon, Peter Griffin, Alivia Grimshaw, Ryan Gunther, Miguel Guzman, Jeremy Hankey, Benjamin Hansel, Allison Hare, Dylan Harrington, Shantal Harrington and Morgan Haynes.

Also: Rory Henrie, Devin Higgins, Morgan Hillman, Andrew Hook,  Sophia Horn, Bryce Hourigan, Mylek Hoyt, Michelle Hudson, Rohan Jacobs, Samuel Janey, Jared Jaquin, Riley Jaquin, Halley Jermyn, Amber Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Jason Jones, Rebeckah Kelly, Katelynn Kelsey,  Shania Kennedy, Marsaili Knapp, Breanna Konu, Marissa Kunzwiler, Samuel Lafond, Rachel Lagoe, Caleb Lamb, Jessa Lamphear and Alyssa Laskevicz.

Also: Diana Lazzaro, Joshua Lazzaro, Samantha Lee, Nichole LiCourt, Daniel Littlefield, Anthony Losurdo, Nicole Lyboult, Cheyenne Maland, Nicole McCarthy, Quinn McManus, David McNulty, Alexander McRae, Mollie McSweeney, Erin Meehan, Breanna Merz,  Madisyn Miller, Kirstin Mitton, Benjamin Muckey, Christopher Murphy, Desiree Myers, Julie Negron, Isaac Noel and Angelica Olcott.

Also: Annmarie Olcott, Drew Ormsby,  Martin Orta, Teo Patty, Kylie Pelkey, Jhensen Perez,  Jessica Pfeifer, Christopher Pitters, Camden Proud, Cassidy Quonce,  Madison Rahn, Brittany Reed, Brianna Reis, Austin Richardson, Brenna Riley, Kolin Rock, Jenna Roth, Esther Rubinow, Shelby Ruel, Paige Russ, Mark Schuffenecker, Kiana Senke, Cody Sharkey, Michael Sheffield and Connor Shene.

Also: Alexis Sheridan, Ethan Simmons, Olivia Silwa, Nicholas Smegelsky, Alexis Smith, Carlie Smith, Carlie Stoebner, Kaitlyn Strong, Emily Strzelinski, Laurencia Susino, Robert Swan III, John Syrell IV, Morgan Thomas, Paige Thomas, Kennedy Thompson, Kaitlynn Todd, Kyle Topley, Tyree Varner, Eliza  Walden, Jonathan Wall, Isabella Waterbury, Carlyanna Wells,  Anthony Wetzel, Collin Wilder, Brendan Williams, Matthew Winn, David Wise, Timothy Woodard, Cole Ylitalo, Eric Yurkon and Alexander Zalenski.

Novelis plans expansion; will add jobs

By Ashley M. Casey

Global aluminum rolling and recycling company Novelis will invest $120 million in the Oswego plant, the company announced Tuesday.

The investment will install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling for scrap metal.

“It’s a pretty big deal for us because the automotive market and aluminum (sheeting) is really growing,” said Fiona Bell, senior manager of external communications for Novelis.

Bell said Novelis took a “studied approach” in examining the automotive market and customer feedback before deciding on the Oswego plant for the expansion, which will add 90 jobs.

“It’s a wonderful investment … and it’s good for the community,” Bell said. “It shows our commitment to the Oswego plant.

Novelis received support from New York state and a grant from Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency. Bell also credited the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency (IDA) for its support in the project.

“We’re also upgrading our recycling abilities,” Bell added. “About half the aluminum (we use) ends up as scrap metal. We’re installing technology and processes to take back that scrap … and reprocess it.”

The aluminum Novelis processes is used in manufacturing doors, hoods, fenders and other parts for cars.

The new recycling initiative will make a car built by Novelis aluminum “a more sustainable product,” Bell said.

The company will invest an additional $85 million for a similar expansion at the Nachterstedt, Germany, plant.

3 Oswego County companies to receive low-cost power from state

Three Oswego County companies will receive low-cost power through the state’s ReCharge NY program.

Nearly 33 megawatts (MW) of low-cost power will be distributed among 47 enterprises at 53 facilities and are expected to leverage an estimated $1 billion in capital investments. Nearly 17,000 jobs are being supported by this round of allocations.

The local companies are:

** Northland Filter International, Oswego, 76 kilowatts, job retention commitment of 29; job creation commitment of 25, capital investment of $850,000.

** Pathfinder Industries, Fulton, 36 kilowatts, job retention commitment of 22; job creation commitment of 0; capital investment of $100,000

** Southern Graphics Systems, Phoenix, 190 kilowatts, job retention commitment of 26; job creation commitment of 6, capital investment of $2.4 million.

“ReCharge NY has been creating and retaining thousands of jobs for New Yorkers since power began flowing under the program in July 2012,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “ReCharge NY continues to deliver affordable power to businesses and non-profits, providing a critical resource and the flexibility needed for them to keep growing and investing in their communities. With this latest round of power allocations, we are supporting nearly 17,000 jobs across the state and fueling companies to grow our economy.” 

This is the seventh round of power allocations under the RNY program, which stems from legislation signed by Cuomo in 2011. The program, administered by New York Power Authority, is designed to spur economic development throughout the state by providing low-cost power to businesses and other entities that agree to create or retain jobs.

Including today’s allocations, the power program has provided about 735 MW to 533 businesses and 70 nonprofits during the last two years. (One megawatt is enough power to meet the needs of 800 to 1,000 typical homes.)

In addition to jobs and capital investment commitments, other evaluation criteria for ReCharge NY applications include the significance of the cost of electricity to the overall cost of doing business, the applicant’s risk of closure or curtailing operations, the significance of the applicant’s facility to the local economy, and its commitment to energy efficiency. 

The ReCharge NY program offers up to seven-year power contracts to businesses. Half of the power under the program — 455 MW — is from NYPA’s Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric power plants, which provide some of the lowest-cost electricity in the state. The remaining 455 MW is economical power secured by NYPA from market sources.