Category Archives: Oswego News

Transfer station issue heats up in Oswego County

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County residents have been calling their county legislators in the last week since they discovered the county is looking at the possibility of closing four of five transfer stations at the end of 2015.

Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, R-New Haven, said some people are misinformed on what the legislature is actually doing. Continue reading

AmeriCorps applications due now

Submitted by Oswego County

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for summer positions. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program. Locally, Oswego County AmeriCorps members provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth as well as manage volunteers who work with youth.   

“Members learn valuable skills while receiving a living allowance and earning an education award,” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps program coordinator. 

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for 300-hour summer positions. Applicants must be 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one, and should have some experience working with youth. 

For a 300-hour summer AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $2,113. They also receive an education award of $1,175 at the end of their term of service. This can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.  Continue reading

Deadline extended for business surveys

New York Sea Grant and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations have extended the deadline for returning the 2014 Business Retention and Expansion surveys to May 30, 2014.

Any recreation or tourism-related business owner who would like to participate may request a printed survey or the electronic survey link from New York Sea Grant at 312-3042.

The surveys are the first step in evaluating the business climate in Oswego County to assist existing businesses and businesses interested in expanding within the county.

“Existing businesses create up to 86 percent of all new jobs, so it’s important to examine the needs of those locally-owned businesses already committed to Oswego County,” said Mary Penney, coastal community development specialist for New York Sea Grant.

The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Task Force includes representatives from diverse segments of the economy, including business, government, tourism and planning. The group focused on professional development, promotion and customer demographics to develop the survey.

Survey data will be tabulated and examined for ways to assist Oswego County recreation and tourism businesses  with operations and potential expansion plans.

Task force members represent Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Tug Hill Commission, Operation Oswego County,  Oswego County Promotion and Tourism, New York Sea Grant and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Public Relations.

Oswego County Youth Court seeks new members

The Oswego Youth Court program will hold a training program for new members from July 14 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oswego City Hall.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for the Youth Court training.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, or by going online to

Completed applications should be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday July 9.

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth.

Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses. Offenders are then sentenced by their peers.

“Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “This program provides a valuable experience for its members.”

“This experience was one of the best I have ever had,” said Matthew McLaughlin, an Oswego City Youth Court member. “You get to experience real cases and have a chance to help out your community. This program helped me improve my public speaking skills and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information about the Oswego Youth Court program, contact Dawn Metott, by calling 349-3575 or email

Local team results from the Tully Spring Invitational track meet

Boys’ and girls’ track and field teams from Hannibal, Phoenix, Mexico and Pulaski took part in the Tully Spring Invitational April 21.

The Hannibal girls’ varsity track and field team had an impressive day. The Lady Warriors came away with first place finishes in several events. Continue reading

Oswego County health clinics for the week of May 19

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.  Continue reading

Possibility Scholars start scientific careers debt free

Presenting research -- SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.
Presenting research — SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Advancing understanding of how microbes can help clean up soil after an oil spill, identifying effective methods to survey and track mammal populations, and developing a user-friendly online education platform are just some of the ways the first recipients of SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship, all from Syracuse, are making a difference in the world.

 Nicole VanDeuson, a zoology major; K.C. VerHage, a biology and psychology major; and Sean Willson, a computer science major, are set to graduate May 17 at the 9 a.m. ceremony of the college’s 153rd Commencement.

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National Labor Relations Board finds Novelis violated labor laws at Oswego plant

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged aluminum producer Novelis with violating labor laws in its response to workers’ efforts to organize a union at its Oswego, facility.

Novelis, which also has other unfair labor practice charges pending before the NLRB related to its interference in the effort to unionize its 600 hourly workers, is charged with illegally threatening job loss, plant closure, wage reductions and with providing benefits to employees in order to dissuade them from voting to join the USW. 

In addition, the company is accused of manipulating documents to make it appear that the union was behind a plan to rescind those benefits.

USW District 4 Director John Shinn said Novelis has engaged in clear-cut, illegal, union-busting behavior.  

“It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but this company has proven that it will stop at nothing to keep workers from gaining a voice on the job,” Shinn said. “The workers and their families deserve better than this, and the best way for them to improve the situation is through collective action.”
“The USW would never deprive hard-working people of the benefits they deserve,” Shinn said. “We believe the actions we’ve taken are the best way to achieve the goal of a better workplace and better community for all.”

USW attorney Brad Manzolillo said that, due to the particularly outrageous behavior of Novelis management, the NLRB may ultimately compel Novelis to recognize the USW as the bargaining representative of Novelis-Oswego employees without holding a new election. 

“The NLRB only seeks these orders when an employer’s illegal conduct is so egregious and extreme that it makes it impossible to have a fair election,” Manzolillo said. “Despite the claims Novelis has made to the contrary, this is far from a ‘typical’ case. Novelis has committed extremely serious violations, and the board is seeking the strongest remedies available to it under the law.”

The USW also represents workers at Novelis plants in Indiana, West Virginia and Ontario. The Oswego workers sought to unionize after the company imposed unilateral benefit cuts. The union fell just 14 votes short in a February election despite unprecedented interference by Novelis. 
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.