Residents have until Tuesday to drop off donations at the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Sheriff Reuel Todd said earlier this week that about 10 bags of donated goods have been collected.
The donation drive is part of a statewide effort organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in cooperation with the Salvation Army.
Sheriffs’ departments around the state are collecting donations of essential items and the sheriffs’ association will coordinate delivery of the supplies to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.
Although it has been almost three weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit, the need for relief remains great, according to Todd. Many people still have no home, no heat, no food or basic necessities.
Todd said once the items are collected, they will be driven to a N.Y.S. Thruway collection point where they will be picked up and driven by truck to New York City, Long Island and surrounding counties that were impacted by the storm.
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The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will be the recipient of a new boat for water patrolling.
The department is in line to receive a 2012 24-foot Boston Whaler Justice model fiberglass boat with twin outboard motors and a new trailer from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The Oswego County Legislature must first approve the donation.
The department operates a marine and snowmobile unit. The members of the unit patrol the seasonal recreation areas of the county. The boat marine patrol covers the areas of Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake. It also has smaller patrol boats on various lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The unit responds to incidents and complaints throughout the county.
In 2008, the Oswego County marine patrol responded when West Monroe firefighters were called because a woman lay unresponsive in a boat at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake. The patrol helped firefighters find the woman.
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