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New York News: May 5, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Elected officials are always coming up with ways to communicate with their constituents.

Probably the most popular way is Facebook.

After using Facebook for five months, Assemblyman Robert Oaks said it has greatly enhanced his efforts to better communicate with residents of 128th Assembly District, which includes Hannibal, Oswego and Minetto.

Since Oaks’ page went online in December, nearly 250 people have visited and clicked the “like” button.

“I’m pleased with the positive feedback I’ve received about the page, which is updated sometimes as frequently as two or three times daily,” Oaks said.

Recent wall posts have reminded people about the importance of shopping locally, informed them about prescription drug collection and celebrated the accomplishments of local residents.

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The push to make using synthetic drugs a crime in New York State is gaining momentum.

The state Senate recently passed legislation to penalize users of synthetic drugs. Assemblyman Will Barclay said it’s the Assembly’s turn to adopt legislation.

“This is the next step to combating these drugs,” said Barlcay. “There has to be consequences for users, similar to how marijuana or illegal narcotic users are penalized.”

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Common council upholds decision on boarding house

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted Tuesday night to uphold a Fulton Planning Commission decision to deny the conversion of a single-family home into a seven-room boarding house.

In March, Robert Bloom submitted an application for site-plan approval to convert the property, located at 236 Oneida St., into a rooming house.

After reviewing the proposal, the Fulton Planning Commission denied the request April 9, stating that the property does not meet the required parking guidelines outlined in the city’s zoning ordinance. The property currently has room for four cars.

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Man accused of breaking infant’s leg

by Andrew Henderson

A 20-year-old Fulton resident was charged with assault and endangering charges following a report of suspected child abuse, Fulton police said.

Carl James Kaufmann III, of Erie Street, Fulton, was arrested Tuesday. At about 11:45 a.m., police responded to the Oswego Health Urgent Care in Fulton for a report of an injury to a child.

It was discovered that a four-month old infant had sustained a serious leg injury while in the care of Kaufmann earlier in the day. He is accused of intentionally causing serious physical injury by squeezing the infant’s leg, causing the femur to fracture.

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Father and son Dennis and William Sheirer were recently promoted within the Civil Air Patrol. Dennis Sheirer was promoted to first lieutenant while William Sheirer was promoted to cadet senior airman.

Father and son promoted during Civil Air Patrol ceremony

Father and son Dennis and William Sheirer were recently promoted within the Civil Air Patrol. Dennis Sheirer was promoted to first lieutenant while William Sheirer was promoted to cadet senior airman.

Service to his country has always been a theme for CAP member Dennis Sheirer, who served 22 years in the active duty U.S. Air Force and retired as a senior master sergeant.

That value of “service before self” now runs in the family. Sheirer’s son, William, joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program in December.

Recently, Oswego CAP’s Squadron Commander, Captain Andrew Roth, held a promotion ceremony for both father and son. Dennis Sheirer was appointed to the officer grade of first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of his completed professional military education and experience.

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Pair accused of committing string of crimes last month

by Andrew Henderson

Following an extensive investigation, members of the Fulton Police Department arrested a Canastota resident and a Fulton resident after they reportedly committed a host of crimes throughout April.

Peter J. Maliszewski, 40 of Canastota, and Joseph Fetkiw Jr, 35 of W. Third St.,Fulton, were arrested and charged with  several felonies, including robbery, burglary, assault, and grand larceny.

According to investigators, Maliszewski and Fetkiw were allegedly responsible for a host of crimes committed in the city over the past month.

Maliszewski was arraigned April 17 and remanded to the Oswego County Public Safety Center without bail. Fetkiw was arraigned last Wednesday in Fulton City Court and remanded to the Public Safety Center on $20,000 cash bail.

Maliszewski was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, third degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, theft of services, and petit larceny.

Fetkiw was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, two counts of third degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, four counts of petit larceny, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Inactive meth lab

The Oswego City Police Department Anti-Crime Team executed a search warrant April 25 at 10 Robins Lane, Scriba.

Andrea L. Losurdo, 26, was found in the residence. A search resulted in locating several key components and equipment that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  The items discovered were hazardous and were properly cleaned up to make the location safe.

Further investigation determined Losurdo had reportedly used the equipment to manufacture methamphetamine during the month of February 2012.

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Hannibal Free Library to have proposition on school ballot

by Andrew Henderson

Hannibal Free Library will have a proposition on the 2012 Hannibal Central School District Ballot.

Outlined in New York State Education Law as a means of acquiring local funding support, the board of trustees of the Hannibal Free Library is asking voters to approve additional annual funding through the school district referendum.

The library has been funded with $35,000 annually through a proposition that passed in 2006.  An additional $10,000 is now being requested.

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Fair Haven Beach project planned

by Andrew Henderson

The State of New York will be investing $2.1 million to upgrade and repair Fair Haven Beach State Park, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The upgrade will be funded through New York Works, which is designed to reinvent state economic development with a new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state’s infrastructure.

“New York State has passed, for the second year in a row, a transformative and balanced budget that holds the line on spending, while focusing on job creation and government efficiency,” Cuomo said. “The centerpiece of this budget is the New York Works program, a new strategy for leveraging capital to put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our aging infrastructure including the state park system that is used by so many people across the state.”

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