Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia presented members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee with a proposal that would return a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.
“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the committee.
The committee voted Wednesday to table the proposal, not because they don’t support it, but because they want to obtain more information.
Three Fulton companies are among the first 517 business to receive low-cost power grants under New York State’s new ReCharge New York program.
Canfield Machine & Tool, Huhtamaki, and Interface Solutions are among those listed as receiving the low-cost power grants.
The companies are receiving a share of the first installment of 910 megawatts of low-cost power set aside to create and protect jobs as part of a major overhaul of New York’s economic development programs. One megawatt is the equivalent of power used by 800 to 1,000 typical homes.
The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the transfer of $18,000 from the contingency fund to be used for mosquito surveillance during a meeting held Wednesday.
Last summer’s increased mosquito population and the death of a child from eastern equine encephalitis has resulted in the county health department taking more aggressive action against the disease carrying vector.
Legislators instructed the health department to pursue a more regional approach to the problem. Two additional seasonal staff persons were added to the 2012 budget.
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold an open meeting Wednesday, May 2 to discuss safety improvements to the intersection of N.Y.S. Route 176 and County Route 7 in the Town of Hannibal.
The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hannibal Town Hall, located at 824 Co. Rte. 34.
Plans for the upcoming project will be available for review and DOT representatives will be present to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned.
The Fulton and Oswego police departments will be accepting unused and expired prescription medications today, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“This is a great program that keeps expired and unused medications out of the wrong hands — be it children or adults,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay. “It helps protect the environment and helps reduce the chance of overdose and accidentally ingesting the wrong medications.”
Local residents may take their unused or expired prescription drugs to the Fulton Police Department at 141 S. First St., and the Oswego Police Department at 169 W. 2nd St.
According to studies, Prescription drug abuse has increased. Some reports estimate it has grown to take more lives than car accidents.
According to the New York State Attorney General’s web site, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has also increased by six million — from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010.
A state-wide computerized prescription tracking system was recently instituted so it’s harder for people to fraudulently write prescriptions if they obtain a prescription pad at a doctor’s office, said Barclay.
The New York State Senate recently passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that would make it easier for senior citizens to renew their Enhanced STAR property tax savings each year.
The measure (S.1920) would allow most seniors to use a simplified renewal form, rather than the current, longer form that is used by all STAR applicants, including those under 65 who qualify for the Basic STAR program.
“When just about everything is becoming more expensive, the property tax savings provided by STAR make a real difference to many seniors who are struggling to get by on fixed incomes,” said Ritchie. “We shouldn’t make them jump through hoops each year to get the property tax savings they need and deserve.
Oswego County Department of Social Services staff detected 117 cases of attempted fraud last year, saving county taxpayers $566,916 in avoided costs, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said.
Beardsley said the cases involved attempts by people to collect benefits while living in other states, filing for duplicate benefits, not reporting income, and attempting to collect benefits while incarcerated in a correctional facility.
In addition, eight people were arrested over the past few weeks and charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny. The arrests involve the alleged theft of more than $35,000 in overpayments.