Marie J. Wright, 83, of Oswego died Thursday January 8, 2015 in the Niagara Hospice, Lockport, N.Y., after a short illness. Mrs. Wright was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late James B. and Dorothea (Hunt) Lynch. Mrs. Wright was a resident of Oswego until moving to Grand Island to be near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Mrs. Wright worked for Oswego County BOCES with the special needs children. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Oswego Bowling League, the Oswego Bridge Club, and a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Sandra Wright, her grandchildren Bennett and LeeAnn Wright, all of Grand Island N.Y. In addition she is survived by her sisters Dorothea “Jackie” Root and Ann “Nancy” (Jason) Gelarden, both of Oswego, and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Wright was predeceased by her husband Robert W. Wright in 1973, their children William Wright, Robert G. Wright, Mary Wright, her sister Barbara Scanlon, and brothers Charles, and James Lynch.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours will be Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego.
By Colin Hogan
In the wake of Monday’s all-day snowstorm, which left the city of Fulton buried under more than two feet of snow, city officials and residents were eager to sing praises of their public works employees during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.
According to the National Weather Service, Fulton received more than 24 inches of snow over the course of Monday and Tuesday — the highest total in the state from that storm system.
The non-stop dumping made for a long day for the public works crews, who after spending the whole day clearing the roads, still had to go do garbage pick-ups around the city.
Dave Perry, one of the department’s supervisors, said many on the 23-man crew ended up working 36 straight hours.
“We just had to keep at it. That’s what we always do — keep going until it stops snowing,” Perry said.
Perry said his workers first focus on clearing the main roads, and then do their best to get side streets cleared as soon as possible. They also have to stay on top of public parking areas, particularly those along main roads such as Bullhead Point and boat launch area off state Route 481, which can serve as emergency pull-off areas for drivers.
In Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, members of the public and council alike had nothing but good things to say about the department’s work.
“I just want to commend the DPW for yesterday’s fiasco with the snow. I think they handled it pretty well and I’m glad to have them on our side,” said Second Ward resident Doug Chapman during the meeting’s public comment segment.
Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. quickly agreed, noting that there were only a couple complaints called in to the city, which he didn’t think carried much merit.
“We had two complaints, one from the third ward and one from the fourth ward who said they hadn’t been down South Fourth Street in two days. I went out and looked at it, and it must be there’s another South Fourth Street somewhere,” Woodward said.
Members of the Common Council also took a moment to acknowledge the public works employees’ efforts at the end of the meeting.
“I just want to echo Doug Chapman’s words about the DPW. What a job they did. I’d put ours up against any city or town anywhere around,” said First Ward Councilor Tom Kenyon.
“I, too, would like to commend the DPW on the great job they did. It’s certainly a lot easier to get around the city today than it was yesterday,” said Fourth Ward Councilor Jim Myers.
Newly-elected Common Council President Larry Macner commended the department on behalf of both himself and Fifth Ward Councilor Norman “Jay” Foster, who was not in attendance Tuesday, but asked Macner to deliver his praises.
“Jay also echoed his sentiments and congratulations to the DPW for the fine job they did clearing the streets. We received almost two feet of snow. It was tough getting around. They did a wonderful job so, again, thanks to the DPW,” said Macner.
Perry attributes the good work to his crew, many of whom he said are longtime veterans of this kind of work.
“We’ve been doing it long enough that we know what we’ve got to do. We just get out there and do the best we can. It’s tough sometimes, but we get through it. I’ve got a good bunch of guys here,” Perry said.
By Colin Hogan
On Tuesday, members of the Fulton Common Council elected Sixth Ward Councilor Larry Macner as their leader for the next year.
Macner, who has been on the council since 2012, was nominated for the position by outgoing council president Daniel Knopp and unanimously approved by the other attending councilors. Councilors Norman “Jay” Foster and Ryan Raponi were not in attendance.
Knopp said Macner’s time in the military has given him the necessary leadership qualities for the job.
“I believe his military experience will help to lead the council in a positive direction and I would ask all other councilors to approve that,” Knopp said.
Macner told the Valley News after the meeting that “it’s an honor to be president,” and said his number one priority is looking out for the quality of life of Fulton residents, particularly those in his own ward.
“My ongoing thing is quality of life in the Sixth Ward. There’s a lot that needs to be done, but we’re seeing some good stuff happening in the Sixth Ward. There are people doing upgrades to their houses — siding, landscaping, those sorts of things. The biggest thing is keeping the properties up to code,” Macner said. “We do have a few landlord issues that we try to keep on top of. If the community calls me and supplies me with tips on where to look for these things, I try to get on it as soon as I can.”
Macner hopes the council and mayor can collaborate with county, state and federal officials to help bring more industry and businesses to Fulton, with the goal of rebalancing the city’s tax base.
“My big hope is that we can work on getting more industries and businesses to this area to help the tax base, which has shifted from industry to the residents, which is unfortunate,” Macner said. “When I moved here in 1981, pretty much everyone was working. You had Miller’s, Nestle’s, Birds Eye, Sealright, Owens-Illinois — the list went on and on. What I learned very early on was that this was the city that survived the Great Depression, but now, years later, you can see how that’s changed. I’m hoping for a rebound.”
He also said he’d like to see more people get involved with the neighborhood watch program, which residents can learn more about on the city’s website, cityoffulton.sharepoint.com/.
“I’m going to try to maintain a positive approach, and a proactive approach that will move us forward and slowly and surely get this city back to where it used to be. I think it can be done, but it’s going to take time,” Macner said.
City officials finalized a handful of other appointments Tuesday, as well. Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. announced that Joann Cavalier has been appointed as the city’s Plumbing/HVAC Board Secretary, Jodi Corsoniti has been appointed Deputy Registrar and Linda M. DeForest has been appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Daniel O’Brien was officially named City Clerk/Chamberlain, after serving as Acting City Clerk/Chamberlain for the last couple months in preparation for Jim Laboda’s retirement. The council also designated the Valley News as Fulton’s official newspaper for public notices.
James E. Smith, 60, of Fulton died Jan. 5, 2015. He was born in Oswego, N.Y., to Edward and Florence (Lovejoy) Smith. Mr. Smith has been a resident of the ADK and Fulton for many years. He was past employed with Crouse Hinds, Syracuse, N.Y., as a welder. He also previously worked at Nestle’s and Huhtamaki, Fulton. Mr. Smith’s passion was hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and camping. He absolutely loved the outdoors. He is survived by his children, Shannon (James) Clew of Fulton, and Joshua (Mary) Smith of Clifton Park, N.Y.; companion Alice Humiston of Fulton; nine siblings, Harold Smith of Fulton, Harrison Shephard of Hannibal, Joanna Shephard Rawlins and Cathy Butler, both of Ga., Jimmy Shephard of Rochester, N.Y., Kenny Shephard, Debbie Smith, Freddy Smith and Star Smith Moran, all of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Montanna Smith, Nathen Smith, Abigail Lunderman, Hayden Smith, Noah Smith, Benjamin Smith and Lillylyn Humiston Seaton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be conducted 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton. Burial will be held privately.
Virginia (Terramijji) Albino, 94, passed away peacefully into the arms of her
Lord, and the arms of her children, at Loretto Cunningham care facility on
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. She was a former resident of Woodbine Ave., Syracuse, N.Y., for many years.
A lifelong hairstylist, she engaged her craft. Virginia enjoyed weekly Thursday bus trips to Turning Stone Casino, Verona. She loved watching golfer Tiger Woods, and was a devout fan of all Syracuse University sports.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1920 in Fulton, N.Y., to her late parents, Antoinette
(Percichino) and John Terramijji. She is also predeceased by her three children, Mike Novak in December 2014, John Novak in November 2014, Katherine Geswaldo in March of 1988; her daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Milligan) Novak in May of 2008; her grandsons, Charles A. “Chucky” Novak in July of 1981, and Joseph Vito Geswaldo in December of 2012.
Surviving are a her daughter-in-law, Gloria Novak; her son-in-law, Louis A. Geswaldo, Sr.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Catholic Mass was held Friday Jan. 9, 2015 in Saint Stephen’s Church, 469 Main Street, Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating. Burial followed in Assumption Cemetery, 2401 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.
In keeping with Virginia’s wishes there are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Saint Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. has care of arrangements.
Dennis T. Gantley, 74, of Fulton passed away peacefully at his home after a battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Fulton to the late Everett and Esther (Pitcher) Gantley. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Gantley was a self-employed logger and he owned and operated Black Creek Lumber, Fulton, for 50 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Gantley was a licensed pilot and his passion was flying his Cessna. Mr. Gantley is survived by his wife of 53 years Merry Gantley of Fulton; their four children, Eric (Patricia) Gantley of Syracuse, Rev. Mark Gantley of Hawaii, Denise Fleet of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Kristen (Rafael) Gantley Chavez of Cicero, N.Y.; three siblings, Everett Gantley of Calif., Maria Murdoch of Phoenix, N.Y., Joseph Gantley of Calif.; six grandchildren, Kathryn, Erin, Evan, and Brian Gantley and Alexander and Julian Chavez; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Mr. Gantley’s son, Rev. Mark Gantley. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 West 2nd St. S., Fulton.
The property at the heart of so much sentiment, and controversy, in Fulton will be put before a judge to possibly finalize foreclosure next month.
The site of the former Nestle plant on the corner of Fourth and Fay streets, which closed in 2003 as the nation’s oldest chocolate factory, is currently in foreclosure, and must be settled before the matter goes before a New York State Supreme Court judge on Feb. 19.
“Right now, we’re in the process of tax foreclosure. The last day to settle that before it goes to the (state) Supreme Court is February 19,” Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said. “Then, if we take it, we’ll be able to take some action on that site.”
Recently, the dilapidated site has become particularly burdensome to the city, not just as an eye sore, but financially as well. Not only has the city been unable to collect taxes on the property — it also has to pony up the site’s school and county tax obligations.
“The way it works is that the county does tax foreclosures for all the towns and villages, but not the two cities. From a financial standpoint, how that hurts us is if someone doesn’t pay their taxes, we not only don’t get their money, we have to pay the delinquent’s school and county taxes, as well,” said Woodward.
Woodward said grocery store chain ALDI Inc. is still interested in using part of the site, approximately two acres of the 38-acre complex, to establish a store. The first order of business, though, would be removing the remaining asbestos and demolishing the site’s structures.
When the state Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments handed down recommendations on Fulton’s fiscal stress last July, it said up to $250,000 may be available to help the city with costs associated with demolishing and clearing the Nestle site for a new business. In order for the city to take any action on those steps, though, it first has to acquire the property.
“If we take it, then we have to figure out if we can get the money from the state. The restructuring board won’t make money available until we own it, because they won’t do that sort of thing if the owner is a private individual. (The restructuring board) was very interested in seeing that site developed,” Woodward said.
However, Woodward believes the city would still most likely have to pay out-of-pocket for some of the demolition costs, saying the restructuring board’s grant “would go a long way to help, but won’t cover everything.”
Nonetheless, the mayor said some form of action will be taken on the dormant site next month.
“I can say that in February, something will move forward with this building,” Woodward said.
The site is currently owned by Carbonstead LLC of Phoenix. Attempts to reach Carbonstead and its owner, Edward Palmer, for comment were unsuccessful.