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Local fire departments receive grants for breathing equipment

by Andrew Henderson

The Cody, Granby Center, Minetto, Oswego, and Oswego Town fire departments will be receiving grants to purchase new breathing equipment, according to Congressman Dan Maffei.

The local fire departments will receive grants totaling $514,553 in Round 20 of the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grants are designed to help firefighters and other first responders enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and to obtain critically needed resources, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training to improve the capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types, said Maffei.

The grants will be used to purchase 121 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses. The new SCBA air packs will replace obsolete units, which are over 20 years old.

“This funding will help keep our local firefighters safe,” said Maffei.

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Democrats fare well in national races, GOP takes local races

by Carol Thompson

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.

Congressional debate to be held in Granby tomorrow

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum will have the first of four town hall debates this Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Granby Town Hall in Oswego County.

Democratic candidate Dan Maffei was invited but decided not to participate.

The forum will be moderated by Beth Hilton, executive director at the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates will address written questions from area constituents.

The town hall is located at 820 Co. Rte. 8, Fulton.

Buerkle, Maffei in close race

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, and Democrat challenger Dan Maffei once again find themselves in a close race.

A Siena Research Institute poll shows the two candidates for the new 24th Congressional District are evenly divided with each favored by 43 percent of likely voters.

Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum has the support of seven percent of likely voters and seven percent remain undecided.

The telephone survey of 625 likely voters was conducted between Sept. 5 and Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.

A large portion of Oswego County — including the cities of Fulton and Oswego — is included in the new district, which was a part of the reapportionment of the Congressional districts to balance them by population based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Oswego County split into two congressional districts

by Carol Thompson

The lines have been drawn and re-drawn and, as of Friday, Oswego County will be divided into two Congressional districts.

The most recent plan is most likely the final.

Oswego County Republican Chairman Mike Backus said the county Republican committee endorsed Ann Marie Buerkle and Richard Hanna at a meeting held Thursday evening. “It looks to be final,” Backus said of the county’s two new districts.

U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann made some changes to the original map she had submitted but her new lines left Central New York unchanged

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