Tag Archives: Mayor Tom Gillen

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Change in alternate side parking restrictions for downtown area

92833381The winter parking restrictions for the City of Oswego were changed for the 2012-2013 winter season.

The Oswego City Common Council voted unanimously to amend the winter parking restrictions that have been in place for many years and the mayor was authorized to impose alternate side parking restrictions from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on city streets, at his discretion, when weather conditions warranted.

The alternate side parking restrictions have been in effect since Dec. 27 and after further consideration, Mayor Tom Gillen has determined that the west side downtown area should be excluded from the alternate side parking restrictions.

“The alternate side parking has caused considerable difficulty in allowing our DPW crews to keep the immediate downtown streets clear of snow and it has created difficulties for our downtown merchants,” said Gillen.

Gillen has directed that effective Feb. 8, there will be no overnight parking allowed on West First Street and West Second Street from West Oneida Street to West Seneca Street.

Signage will be in place to inform the public that “NO Parking” is allowed on these streets, West First Street and West Second Street from West Oneida Street to West Seneca Street.

This parking ban on the aforementioned streets will be from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. only, and until further notice from the mayor’s office.

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Twelve year old teaches legislators a lesson in humanity

by Carol Thompson

There is a homeless coordinator within the county but no homeless shelter.

That’s one of the many points a 12-year-old Oswego girl pointed out as she addressed the Oswego County Legislature Thursday evening.

Emily Bradshaw spoke during the public comment session about the growing homeless problem in the county. She is so devoted to the cause that she has spoken with or contacted local officials.

“This is a very important and serious matter,” Bradshaw told legislators. “When I discovered that Oswego did not have a homeless shelter, I was upset. ‘How could this be?’ I thought. So, I started asking questions and writing letters to the mayor, my alderman, and all of you, the legislators.”

She noted that she had also spoken to the Oswego police chief and Oswego school district officials.

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen responded to her, Bradshaw said, and did acknowledge that there is a need, but no solution.

She also received responses from some who told her of existing problems.

“These programs are wonderful and they help many people,” Bradshaw said. “But they have limited funds, requirements and lots of paperwork.”

She noted they do not fill the need for a shelter, a safe place to go for a hot dinner and a warm bed.

Bradshaw said she learned that Social Services placed 263 people in emergency temporary housing due to homelessness in 2011.

“I felt sad. I felt sad for those people,” she said. “But I felt worse for all the countless people that didn’t have the courage or the means to ask for help. If 263 people did ask, imagine how many did not.”

Bradshaw said when she spoke with someone at the Oswego Police Department, she was told that homelessness has been on the rise within the last five years.

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