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Legislator calls for investigation into backdating of county records

by Carol Thompson

The meeting of the Oswego County Legislature turned into an inquisition when some legislators questioned the backdating of legal documents in the office of the County Clerk by Deputy Clerk of Operations Matthew Bacon.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said there had been a discussion at a recent meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee in regard to Bacon instructing employees to backdate legal documents.

Doyle said he was told the timestamp had been tampered to reflect an earlier date to appear on the documents. He asked County Attorney Richard Mitchell if he had given permission to Bacon to backdate the records and what the status is.

“I’d like to know what Mr. Mitchell has found about this,” Doyle said.

Mitchell said he was not aware of any tampering of the timestamp.

He said the mail had become backlogged and it was being stamped for the date it was received.

If the envelopes were not marked received, they were clocked to the closest date of when they may have been received, Mitchell added.

Doyle said he was concerned about the backdating as it pertains to abstractors who may be conducting search.

Mitchell cut him off by stating, “I share that concern.”

He added that if Doyle had questions he could certainly contact him at his office. “I don’t know of tampering,” he noted.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he wanted an extensive investigation to be sure the county would have no liability.

“Do we know for sure that we haven’t put ourselves in liability?” he asked, calling for Mitchell to investigate.

Mitchell said it is not his job to investigate. He added that he would prefer to discuss the question of liability elsewhere.

Kunzwiler said he wanted to be sure the county, the legislature and the public are protected by going back and insuring what was done would pass muster with the law.

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Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

Cayuga Community College celebrates new Fulton campus

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

by Carol Thompson

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus.

The new location at the former Kmart Plaza is the fourth — and final — home for the college, Dr. Daniel P. Larson, president of Cayuga Community College told those in attendance.

The ceremony marks the completion of the nine-month, $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus.

The first course work in nursing was offered in Mexico in 1979 and in 1994, the first campus was located at the Fulton Education Center. The college moved to the former Holy Family school building and in 2001 moved to the leased campus on West Broadway.

The college foundation has purchased the remaining part of the River Glen Plaza so over time the campus can move into the storefronts, Dr. Larson said.

Athletic fields and student housing are the vision for the future on 45 additional acres that have been purchased.

“We want you to know that our doors are open to the entire community,” Dr. Larson noted.

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, said she couldn’t say enough about the project as she congratulated all those involved with bringing the project to fruition.

Matt Driscoll spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo, congratulations and thank you for your investment in our collective future,” he said.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said it is a very proud day for the City of Fulton and he congratulated all involved.

“You really ought to be very proud of yourself,” he said.

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Bodley Bulletins: September 19, 2012

by Kate Rothrock

The first full week of school is over! Students are now totally back into the swing of things and going to school is part of the normal routine.

Clubs are starting up and will begin their meetings this week or next. There are many different clubs available to any student interested such as the language clubs, Hope Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science club, and many more. They are a great way to meet new people and to get involved in the school and community. Plus, they look great on a resume or college application!

The Fultonian Yearbook is an amazing finished product but there is a lot of work that goes into it. Vanessa Langdon, editor of the 2013 yearbook, said the Yearbook Club is always looking for help and anyone can be a part of the club. Meetings are in room 102 every Tuesday.

If you buy your yearbook before Christmas it is $50 but if you wait until after Christmas it will cost $60. At an open house Sept. 26, there will be a booth for parents to buy parent ads.

This year’s Fultonian Yearbook will have a theme, making it more organized and cohesive. Students can share their photos to be used in the yearbook at www.hjeshare.com using the school code 3045662. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your favorite pictures in the yearbook!

This past week was a great week for sports. Girls soccer, boys soccer, and girls volleyball all picked up wins. The volleyball team had victories over Marcellus and Lafayette. The boys soccer team rallied for a win against Homer and the girls soccer team won against both Homer and Syracuse.

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Oswego County Legislature approves bath salts legislation

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved four resolutions that are now local law in regard to the sale and distribution synthetic drugs, more commonly known as bath salts.

During Thursday’s meeting, the four resolutions were passed unanimously with Legislator James Karasek excused from the meeting so that he could be in attendance at the New York State Association of Counties conference.

Prior to passage of the resolutions, several residents addressed the legislature.

Steve Olson, director of Oswego Hospital’s emergency department, urged the lawmakers to pass all four local laws.

“I myself have seen firsthand the patients under the influence of these substances,” Olson said. “Often times, you ask the patient what did they do and they say, ‘I am not really sure’.”

Teresa Woolson, who lost her son due to bath salts, said her son had struggled with the synthetic drug for a very short time.

“In early August, he found out from a friend that these synthetics were still available,” she said. “He walked into a store and bought the stuff over the counter — two and a half hours before his body was pulled from Lake Ontario.”

She said the problem with bath salts is becoming epidemic, adding that the drugs are a poison.

Oswego resident Duane Crasper said that not only should the synthetic drugs be banned, but the stores selling the pipes used to smoke illegal substances be outlawed as well.

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Twelve year old teaches legislators a lesson in humanity

by Carol Thompson

There is a homeless coordinator within the county but no homeless shelter.

That’s one of the many points a 12-year-old Oswego girl pointed out as she addressed the Oswego County Legislature Thursday evening.

Emily Bradshaw spoke during the public comment session about the growing homeless problem in the county. She is so devoted to the cause that she has spoken with or contacted local officials.

“This is a very important and serious matter,” Bradshaw told legislators. “When I discovered that Oswego did not have a homeless shelter, I was upset. ‘How could this be?’ I thought. So, I started asking questions and writing letters to the mayor, my alderman, and all of you, the legislators.”

She noted that she had also spoken to the Oswego police chief and Oswego school district officials.

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen responded to her, Bradshaw said, and did acknowledge that there is a need, but no solution.

She also received responses from some who told her of existing problems.

“These programs are wonderful and they help many people,” Bradshaw said. “But they have limited funds, requirements and lots of paperwork.”

She noted they do not fill the need for a shelter, a safe place to go for a hot dinner and a warm bed.

Bradshaw said she learned that Social Services placed 263 people in emergency temporary housing due to homelessness in 2011.

“I felt sad. I felt sad for those people,” she said. “But I felt worse for all the countless people that didn’t have the courage or the means to ask for help. If 263 people did ask, imagine how many did not.”

Bradshaw said when she spoke with someone at the Oswego Police Department, she was told that homelessness has been on the rise within the last five years.

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Oswego County loses two more public servants

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County government has suffered the loss of two more public servants.

Former legislator Paul Santore died Thursday, Sept. 13. Santore, 68, of Oswego, served as the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer and was the Republican City chairman for five years.

Santore served eight years in the county legislature. After leaving the legislature, he was a regular fixture at committee meetings.  He sat in the same seat during each meeting and it became known as his reserved seat.

Santore was employed with General Electric, Syracuse, in the management analysis department, and he was later plant manager for ARCOM Labs, Syracuse. He served in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964

Also passing Thursday was William Brouse, a former county legislator and county treasurer.

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ALANA anticipation – Looking ahead to a jam-packed agenda for the 26th annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Maggie Rivera, SUNY Oswego student involvement coordinator; Louis Rodriguez, student involvement student assistant and a senior wellness management major; and Aaron Brown, vice president of the Black Student Union and a junior psychology major. The week of entertainment, workshops, dinners and more will take place Sept. 21-28 at SUNY Oswego.

ALANA Week to offer comedy, fashion, inspiration, workshops

ALANA anticipation – Looking ahead to a jam-packed agenda for the 26th annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Maggie Rivera, SUNY Oswego student involvement coordinator; Louis Rodriguez, student involvement student assistant and a senior wellness management major; and Aaron Brown, vice president of the Black Student Union and a junior psychology major. The week of entertainment, workshops, dinners and more will take place Sept. 21-28 at SUNY Oswego.

SUNY Oswego’s multicultural ALANA Student Leadership Conference will celebrate diversity Sept. 21 to 28 with a fashion show hosted by comedian and actor Talent Harris, a peace walk, keynote inspirational speaker Tish Norman, workshop presentations and more.

This year, the African, Latino, Asian and Native American conference aims to be one of the biggest yet, according to Magdalena Rivera, student involvement and ALANA coordinator. It began in humbler fashion in 1986.

“It started out as one day, two workshops and now it has grown over the years,” Rivera said. “Students that have come through campus have cared enough to carry on throughout the years and bring ALANA to what it is today.”

The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Harris, who performs standup in “Uptown Comic” and the former Showtime comedy series “White Boyz in the Hood” and had roles in “With or Without You” and “Sunset Park,” will emcee.

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‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home.  Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for ‘Lions Loot’ sweepstakes

‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home. Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President David Dingman.

The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000.

“Our goal is to sell all 1,000 tickets by October,” Dingman said. “We’re hoping folks will grab this opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets for this event which helps us help many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eye glasses and hearing aids…This year alone, our club as provided more than $7,000 to help the hearing and vision impaired.

“We also wanted to remind participants that more than one name may be on a ticket,” he added. “In addition, requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you need not be present to win.”

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