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Judge McCarthy to rule on county clerk case tomorrow

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Supreme County Judge James McCarthy will render a decision in an Article 78 proceeding held to determine if the Oswego County clerk position will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. Attorneys for all side argued the case this afternoon at the county courthouse in Oswego.

Former legislator James McMahon had filed the Article 78, alleging that the successor to the late county clerk George Williams should be appointed by the governor though 2013.

The defendants include the Democrat, Republican, Working Families and Independence parties, candidates Michael Backus and Phil Vasho as well as county election commissioners Donald Wart and Richard Atkins.

Attorneys for the plaintiff argued that New York State County Law section 400 should apply in filling a vacancy. The law states that a vacancy occurring three months prior to an election should be a governor’s appointment.

Attorneys for the defendants argued that state Election Law, which contradicts county law, should prevail and an election should be held.

McCarthy  quizzed the lawyer for the plaintiff extensively. At issue was the placement of a comma in the county law.  McCarthy also noted that if the governor wanted to appoint someone to the position, he would have done so by now.

In attendance at the hearing were Assemblyman Will Barclay, clerk candidate Michael Backus, his father Mark Backus, and Oswego County Conservative Party Chairman Ron Greenleaf.

McCarthy said he will have his decision available at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

Cayuga Community College celebrates new Fulton campus

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

by Carol Thompson

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus.

The new location at the former Kmart Plaza is the fourth — and final — home for the college, Dr. Daniel P. Larson, president of Cayuga Community College told those in attendance.

The ceremony marks the completion of the nine-month, $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus.

The first course work in nursing was offered in Mexico in 1979 and in 1994, the first campus was located at the Fulton Education Center. The college moved to the former Holy Family school building and in 2001 moved to the leased campus on West Broadway.

The college foundation has purchased the remaining part of the River Glen Plaza so over time the campus can move into the storefronts, Dr. Larson said.

Athletic fields and student housing are the vision for the future on 45 additional acres that have been purchased.

“We want you to know that our doors are open to the entire community,” Dr. Larson noted.

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, said she couldn’t say enough about the project as she congratulated all those involved with bringing the project to fruition.

Matt Driscoll spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo, congratulations and thank you for your investment in our collective future,” he said.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said it is a very proud day for the City of Fulton and he congratulated all involved.

“You really ought to be very proud of yourself,” he said.

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No-cost EEE horse vaccine clinic to be held Friday in New Haven

State Senator Patty Ritchie said she is sponsoring two no-cost EEE vaccine clinics for horses this week.

The clinics are aimed at raising public awareness and preventing the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne disease that killed at least 12 horses in Central and Northern New York last summer. EEE also claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

The clinics — to be held Thursday evening in Heuvelton and Friday evening in New Haven — are funded by a special grant Senator Ritchie obtained through the state budget and in cooperation with local veterinarians. Horse owners wishing to participate should pre-register at Senator Ritchie’s web site at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

“EEE is a very serious disease that is nearly always fatal in horses — and nearly 100 percent preventable, if horses are vaccinated,” said Ritchie. “Yet many horse owners, farmers and others are still unaware of the danger both to their families and to their farm animals. These clinics aim to educate farmers and horse owners, and protect a very valuable investment.”

Assemblyman Will Barclay, who is co-hosting the New Haven clinic, said, “Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves from EEE, including horse owners. We’ve got to do all we can to prevent EEE and vaccinating our horses is an important step.”
There is no human vaccine for EEE, but the horse vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective.

The clinics are being conducted by two licensed veterinarians — Dr. Jack Zeh in Heuvelton and Dr. Reid J. Oliver in New Haven — who have agreed to waive any additional fees for their services.

The New Haven clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town of New Haven Highway Department, N.Y.S. Route 104.

County legislators to consider opposition to BV7 proposal

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow evening, a discussion of whether to oppose the International Joint Commission’s plan to naturally manage water levels of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is expected to be held.

Proponents of the plan, which is also known as the BV7 plan, claim it will begin to reverse damage caused by 60 years of destructive regulation and allow the river and lake ecosystem to once again thrive.

Proponents further claim the new plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the health of the waterways.

Proponents support the plan because they believe it will be good for local tourism and creates conditions for more recreational opportunities.

Opponents, including Assembly members Will Barclay and Robert Oaks, both representatives of Oswego County, claim the plan will have a devastating impact on the local economy.

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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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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton and Oswego police departments will be accepting unused and expired prescription medications today, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“This is a great program that keeps expired and unused medications out of the wrong hands — be it children or adults,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay. “It helps protect the environment and helps reduce the chance of overdose and accidentally ingesting the wrong medications.”

Local residents may take their unused or expired prescription drugs to the Fulton Police Department at 141 S. First St., and the Oswego Police Department at 169 W. 2nd St.

According to studies, Prescription drug abuse has increased. Some reports estimate it has grown to take more lives than car accidents.

According to the New York State Attorney General’s web site, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has also increased by six million — from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010.

A state-wide computerized prescription tracking system was recently instituted so it’s harder for people to fraudulently write prescriptions if they obtain a prescription pad at a doctor’s office, said Barclay.

New York News: April 25, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Senate recently passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that would make it easier for senior citizens to renew their Enhanced STAR property tax savings each year.

The measure (S.1920) would allow most seniors to use a simplified renewal form, rather than the current, longer form that is used by all STAR applicants, including those under 65 who qualify for the Basic STAR program.

“When just about everything is becoming more expensive, the property tax savings provided by STAR make a real difference to many seniors who are struggling to get by on fixed incomes,” said Ritchie. “We shouldn’t make them jump through hoops each year to get the property tax savings they need and deserve.

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Oswego County Health Department: No more synthetic marijuana

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Department of Health banned the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana products last week — and the Oswego County Health Department has already began the process of notifying businesses.

New York State Health Commissioner Nirav  Shah issued the order banning the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid products last Monday.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said he welcomed the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the state health department to ban dangerous drugs.

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