An employee of the Oswego County Clerk’s office walked off the job today.
Many legislators have been notified of the most recent incident and said that they are working toward a permanent resolution to the problems that have plagued the office for over two years.
The New York State Labor Department and the EEOC have been contacted as well as Oswego County Personnel Director Carol Alnutt.
The employee, an index clerk, has been asked to perform accounting work while the senior account clerk is out. The employee has refused to do the accounting work because it is not a part of her job duties, according to the legislators working to resolve the issue.
The accounting duties are supposed to be done by the deputy clerk of operations in absence of the account clerk, according to the job description of the deputy position.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said enough is enough and that legislators need to work together to end the constant turmoil. Legislator Shawn Doyle is working on the matter with other legislators and said he spoke with Alnutt Friday morning.
“I absolutely expect something to be done about this,” Doyle said. “I don’t need to restate the sympathy I have for these employees.”
Kunzwiler agreed. “This is exactly what happens when you create a political position,” he said.
Legislator Doug Malone said the turmoil has got to come to an end and that a special meeting needs to be called before the end of the year to eliminate the deputy clerk of operations position and to lower the pay of the deputy clerk.
“It needs to be addressed soon,” he said. “We need to seriously look into this.”
Legislator Amy Tresidder has also been working on the matter, she said, and is making telephone calls.
There was no word as to whether the employee would return to work.
North Volney Methodist Church will be holding a “Make a Gift Day” Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will be a variety of crafts available for the children to complete as well as materials to make cards for their family members. It is all free to those who attend with no charge for materials. Refreshments will be served.
The church is also sponsoring a “Lights of Christmas” tree for the upcoming Christmas season.
Lights will be sold and can be dedicated to a friend or family member, both living and deceased.
A listing of names will placed alongside the lit tree. The tree will be lit through the Christmas season on the church grounds at the corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.
Alfred Myhill, an 87-year-old native of Fulton and World War II veteran, has been named the 2012 Veteran of the Year by the Fulton Veterans Council.
From 1941 to 1943, Myhill worked at a farm in Fulton where he fed, tended and milked cows and operated a tractor and other farm machinery. He attended high school for two years before enlisting in the military Feb. 15, 1943.
Myhill attended Medical Technician School in Fort Harrison, Ind. for eight weeks in 1943. It was there has he received instruction in giving emergency medical treatment and giving hypodermic injections.
Just before being shipped overseas, Myhill got the mumps and was hospitalized. His unit left for England and Paris without him. He ended up sailing on the Queen Elizabeth with 15,000 other troops.
“I felt so funny because I didn’t know one soul in that outfit,” said Myhill.
Myhill was 19 years old when he landed on Normandy July 16, 1944, a month after D-Day. He was assigned to the first Platoon, Second Hospitalization Unit of the 53rd Field Hospital in Europe. A field hospital is comprised of three hospitals, with a first, second and third unit.
Myhill served as a member of the medical corps, setting up tents as makeshift hospitals, and sometimes occupying old factories and schools to repair wounded American soldiers.
The job was dangerous because streets were lined with bombs, and the hospitals were on the ground in close proximity to combat.
Soldiers with stomach and chest wounds that needed immediate care were sent to Myhill’s outfit. Tank drivers died before getting to the hospital because of their burns.
“We had to improvise a lot — we didn’t have colostomy bags,” said Myhill. “Cots would come in and they were so low that it was hard to keep bending over.”
Besides giving emergency medical treatment, Myhill worked alongside nurses and doctors to apply splints, clean and bandage wounds, give injections, and check vitals.
The unit continued to set up field hospitals in England, Normandy, Northern France, Belgium and Germany in 1944 to 1945 as they followed Patton’s Third Army across Europe.
Sept. 29, 1944, the second hospital unit accompanied the entire unit across France, arriving at Bastogne Oct. 2, 1944.
Myhill’s field hospital treated the wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, known as the largest and bloodiest battle of World War II. The battle happened in the Ardennes mountains of Belgium and the town of Bastogne, killing 89,000 Americans.
In 1945, Myhill was located in Germany and was 30 miles from Berlin when the war ended. After the war, as the hospitals were getting less of the wounded, Myhill was made a dental technician.
He assisted dentists in routine dental work and in surgical operations on gums and bones. He was awarded five battle stars, and had enough points to return home. Myhill was honorably discharged from the military Dec. 15, 1945.
Myhill came home in what he describes as a little liberty ship. “Boy it was the roughest thing, I didn’t think we’d make it,” he recalled.
He was welcomed home by friends and family and married his late wife Marion. The couple met before the war. Myhill carried a photo of Marion with him to England, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany.
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The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, released its decision in the case of People v. Alan Jones today.
The court reversed Jones’s conviction for the crime of murder in the second degree (depraved indifference murder) for causing the death of his 11-year old stepsister, Erin Maxwell, while in their Town of Palermo home in 2008.
The appellate court held that, as a matter of law, the evidence before the jury was legally insufficient to establish that Jones acted with the mental state of depraved indifference at the time he caused Erin’s death.
In a press release issued by Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes, it is stated that the appellate court found that the evidence before the jury sufficiently established the lesser-included offense of second-degree manslaughter, meaning that Jones recklessly caused her death.
The court therefore reduced the conviction to second-degree manslaughter and transferred the case back to the Oswego County Court for sentencing on the reduced charge, which carries a maximum of sentence of 5 to 15 years in state prison.
The case was originally prosecuted by then-Oswego County District Attorney Donald Dodd, who indicted and tried the case under the theory of depraved indifference murder. Dodd retired at the end of 2011.
Current Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes, who took office Jan. 1, argued the appeal on behalf of his office.
Oakes indicated that he is saddened by the appellate court’s decision to reduce the conviction, stating that he believes Jones deserves the 25 years to life sentence originally imposed by Judge Hafner.
Oakes stated, “The court’s decision affirms the jury’s finding that Jones caused Erin’s death. He committed a wicked and horrendous act against an innocent child, and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in a cell.”
Oakes stated that he will try to appeal the case to the Court of Appeals and seek to have the murder conviction reinstated.
Oakes added, “While no conviction can undo this tragedy, as a matter of justice, I will do everything in my power to make sure that Jones is held fully accountable for Erin’s death. Erin deserves nothing less.”
Oswego County, known to be a stronghold for the Republican Party, once again supported a Democrat in the race for the White House.
President Barack Obama won the county this year, which he did four years ago. Obama took 54.6 percent of the vote to Romney’s 44.8 percent.
Democrat Dan Maffei won with a two-percent lead over Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in the race for the 24th District Congressional seat in Oswego County. Overall, the unofficial results show Maffei ahead by four percent.
Democrats did not fare so well in the remainder of the races with 48th District State Senator Patty Ritchie winning re-election by a two-to-one margin over Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder.
Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael Backus won the seat for County Clerk ousting Phillip Vasho by a 20-percent margin.
Following a national trend, voters in Oswego County were unpredictable and did not vote straight party line.
Also following some national trends, local voters willing to express their opinion at the polls said they felt some incumbents were “ineffective” but voted for their re-election for various reasons — either because they did not know enough about the opposing candidate or because of the stand on a particular issue.
For Tresidder, it was, in part, her effectiveness as a county legislator that impacted voters, according to some voters. “I voted for Patty Ritchie because I think Amy Tresidder does a great job for the county and I think we need her here more,” a City of Oswego voter said. “The state’s a mess and no one person can fix that but Amy makes a difference here.”
Six other voters expressed the same sentiment. A Town of Hannibal voter said he bypassed the race altogether. “I like Tresidder and I’d like her to stay here but I didn’t want to vote for Ritchie so I just didn’t vote for either of them,” he said.
Some voters said they continue to believe Albany is dysfunctional, a sentiment expressed in the last few years.
On the state level, early results show the Democrats may take control of the Senate. The Democrats picked up three critical seats and are awaiting results to determine if they will hold the now 63-seat Senate by a 32-31 margin.
All results are unofficial until re-canvassing and absentee ballot counting has been completed.
The Friends of History in Fulton will hold its fourth annual celebration event Nov. 2 at the Fulton Polish Home, 153 West First St., Fulton.
There will be a cash bar at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The event will be catered by Gary Bevacqua.
This year’s recipients of the Elma J. Smith award are Carrie Butler, Rosemary Cook, and Alec Seymour.
The Elma J. Smith Award is presented to an individual or organization that makes distinguished and long-term contributions to Fulton history in one or more of the following areas: public education, writing, research, exhibits, historic preservation, promotion of Fulton’ history, service to the museum, or philanthropy.
Both Cook and Seymour are past presidents of the organization. Butler is a past director of the museum.
Advance reservations are required. There will be entertainment, 50/50 drawings, and a gift basket.