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Proposed animal registry law could impact sheriff’s office

by Carol Thompson

Should a law be passed in the state legislature to require convicted animal abusers to register with the local sheriff’s departments, it could result in another costly unfunded mandate for Oswego County.

“It specifically directs the county sheriff to register the offender,” Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said Friday of the proposed legislation.

Sullivan had researched the proposed law to determine how it would impact Oswego County.

“The sheriff will have to do the cities and villages that have their own police departments,” he said. “The sheriff will have to take the photos and fingerprints.”

The sheriff’s department will also have the responsibility to document any identifying information such as tattoos, scars and distinguishing features.

Sullivan noted that the department will also be required to notify any residence, school, humane society, animal shelter and any other business within a one half mile radius of the abusers residence or location and provide them with the all the information in regard to the abuser with the exception of the social security number.

The department must make the notification within 10 days of an abuser registering with the department. The burden is on the convicted abuser to register with the local sheriff’s department within 10 days.

The abuser must be over 18 years of age and have been convicted of a felony charge of animal abuse.

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Undersheriff: Too soon to tell if jail pilot program is working

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is one of several counties taking part in the state’s Orleans Project, which is an effort to alleviate jail overcrowding.

To date, it is not known whether the program will help the sheriff’s strapped budget.

“It’s a new program and it’s too soon to tell,’” Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said Friday.

The county began participating in the program a few months ago.

The goal of the state-run pilot program is to move parole violators, who have committed a technical violation, as opposed to another crime, out of the county jail and into a state prison within ten days of re-incarceration, which could help ease the population at the county’s Public Safety Center,

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County legislators to consider opposition to BV7 proposal

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow evening, a discussion of whether to oppose the International Joint Commission’s plan to naturally manage water levels of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is expected to be held.

Proponents of the plan, which is also known as the BV7 plan, claim it will begin to reverse damage caused by 60 years of destructive regulation and allow the river and lake ecosystem to once again thrive.

Proponents further claim the new plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the health of the waterways.

Proponents support the plan because they believe it will be good for local tourism and creates conditions for more recreational opportunities.

Opponents, including Assembly members Will Barclay and Robert Oaks, both representatives of Oswego County, claim the plan will have a devastating impact on the local economy.

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Erika Johnson

Bodley Bulletins: June 13, 2012

Erika Johnson

by Erika Johnson

The only problem I have encountered while writing this column is writing it Sunday for a paper that is published on Wednesday.

That leaves anything to happen Monday or Tuesday that cannot be fixed. I feel as though I’ve been quite lucky with these two days going as planned, except for last week of course.

Due to inclement weather, Mondays Bodley Bash got postponed until Thursday. The Bash was just as fun, however, with “Pitch Please” taking home the championship in the kickball tournament.

Last Friday’s senior dinner dance was a blast and a great final hoorah for the seniors. The River Vista, which many people had not seen the inside of before, was beautiful both inside and out.

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Food and music at Tunes in June in downtown Fulton

Tunes in June continues tomorrow in downtown Fulton

Food and music at Tunes in June in downtown Fulton

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will continue its Tunes in June series Wednesday at the gazebo in downtown Fulton.

Each week, a featured restaurant will be on site at the gazebo from noon to 2 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Kimo & Friends.

Tomorrow, the Blue Moon Grill will be the featured restaurant.


Widow seeks affordable health insurance

by Carol Thompson

A widow with three young children is finding that affordable health insurance is something out of reach and that there is little assistance for those in her situation.

The woman has been struggling to find affordable health care for seven months to no avail. Prior to the unexpected death of her husband, the young widow was insured by Blue Cross/Blue Shield through his employer. Upon his death, she said she was immediately dropped.

For a few months, she was on COBRA until the cost jumped to $1,100 per month for health coverage and $400 per month for dental coverage.

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Legislature to hire consultant to write health insurance RFP

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature is looking to solicit bids for a third-party health insurance administrator and approved a motion to allow the personnel director to spend the funds to seek a consultant to write the specifications.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee, approval was given to Personnel Director Carol Alnutt to move forward with the process.

“Our department goal for fiscal year 2013 is going to be for our department is to issue a request for proposals for a third-party health administrator and what I’m hoping to do in preparation for that is I would like to in this year prepare an RFP (request for proposal) for a professional service contract with a consulting firm to review the health care plan in terms of its plan design, actually perform an audit and do a thorough evaluation process and help us to do the RFP process,” Alnutt said.

She asked for the committee to allow her to issue an RFP for a consultant.

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Legislators hope to establish their own sales-tax rate

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee passed a memorializing resolution Tuesday in support of allowing counties to establish local sales tax rates up to four percent.

Bills currently under consideration in the Senate and Assembly are designed to provide counties permanent authority to control their own local sales tax rate up to four percent.

The proposed legislation would reduce waste and redundancy in state and local legislative procedures by ending the unnecessary practice of requiring state approval and renewal for local sales tax rate changes, including the cumbersome and inefficient biennial renewal of the one-percent sales tax extension currently utilized by nearly every county, the resolution states.

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