Repeal of SAFE Act fails in Assembly

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, reported today that the Assembly has failed to repeal the SAFE Act, the gun control law that went into effect in 2013. .

Here is his statement:   “The Majority controlled Assembly Codes Committee stopped all efforts to repeal the SAFE Act this week. They ensured that this repeal would not make it to the floor for a full Assembly vote. The message was clear: they do not care about our right to bear arms or the questionable constitutionality of the SAFE Act,” said Barclay. “Instead, our laws remain unnecessarily hostile toward law-abiding citizens. It was my hope that we could have at least changed more aspects of the law this session if a complete repeal was not possible. Unfortunately, those efforts too were stopped short in committee. With Remington (Arms, a gun factory in Ilion, Herkimer County) choosing to expand out of New York, this ill-conceived SAFE Act proved bad for gun owners as well as our economy.”

 

Sheats, Burns join insurance firm

Cheryl Sheats
Cheryl Sheats, personal lines account manager

Cheryl Sheats was hired recently as a personal lines account manager and Carol Burns was hired as a commercial lines account manager at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

Sheats will be based in ESA’s North Syracuse office and Burns will be in the Camden office.

“We are so pleased to welcome Carol and Cheryl to ESA,” said President Martha Murray. “In fact, in Cheryl’s case it’s welcome back. She worked at our Fulton and Oswego offices in the late 90s.”

Sheats has worked in the insurance industry for more than 24 years for firms in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties. She holds the Accredited Customer Service Representative certification and resides in Mexico with a son, 5, and a daughter, 14.

Carol Burns
Carol Burns, commercial lines account manager

Burns has more than 29 years in the insurance industry and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certification. She has worked exclusively in commercial lines for agencies in Oneida and Rome, and she is a member and former vice president and secretary for the Utica CPCU chapter. She is also a member of the Insurance Professionals of the Mohawk Valley.

She resides in Lee with her husband, Tom. She has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice® agency and employee stock owned company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance has offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, North Syracuse and Walworth. Call the Fulton office at 598-6000.

Gagas named to Pathfinder Bank board

Adam Gagas
Adam C. Gagas

Adam C. Gagas has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank, said  Chris R. Burritt, chairman of the board.

The election was effective as of the March 17 Pathfinder Bank board meeting.

Gagas is founder and chief executive officer of Breakwall Asset Management, LLC, a New York State registered investment advisor located in Oswego, New York.

“We are very pleased to announce the election of Adam to our Board of Directors,” said Burritt. “He provides our board with more than 15 years of experience in global financial markets, as well as expertise in asset management and property development.”

“Adam and the Gagas Family have been instrumental in the growth of Pathfinder Bank for decades, and we value the commitment they have always maintained for our Bank’s mission and strategic direction,” Burritt said.

Adam’s father, Chris Gagas, previously served as the bank’s president and CEO, as well as chairman of the board for 18 years.

Prior to establishing Breakwall Asset Management, Gagas was an analyst on teams managing multi-billion dollar portfolios at Skandia Asset Management and Principal Global Investors in New York City.

He was awarded an Alfa Fellowship and completed a yearlong professional placement as an institutional investment analyst at Alfa Capital in Moscow, Russia. He is also the owner/operator of Gagas Realty Corp., a multi-property commercial real estate holding company.

In addition, he is an adjunct instructor of corporate finance in the SUNY Oswego School of Business.

Gagas, who resides in Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College with majors in economics and Russian studies, and a master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

His extensive community involvement includes serving as treasurer of Oswego Health, chair of that organization’s audit and investment committees, and as a member of the executive committee.

Gagas is also a board member of Oswego’s historic Riverside Cemetery, and has previously held leadership positions with the Oswego YMCA and Oswego Opera Theater.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square and Cicero.

Hannibal resident cleans teeth in Ghana

Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.
Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.

Oswego County BOCES Board Member Donna Blake, who represents the Hannibal school district on the BOCES board, recently returned from Ghana after an 11-day medical mission trip.

Blake works for Northeast Dental Group and splits her time between four offices in Onondaga and Oswego County.

Blake heard about the trip from a friend who had gone on a medical mission to India with Americans Serving Abroad Project (ASAP).

Blake attended an ASAP meeting, met with the founder, Lauri Raupracht (RN) of Syracuse, and decided to volunteer. Blake was one of 12 who travelled to Ghana to offer healthcare services to remote populations.

During the course of five days, the group visited five villages and provided service to 1,000 people.

Blake served as the only dental hygienist; the other volunteers were nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

Without electricity, Blake hand-cleaned the teeth of 250 children ranging in age from 2 to 14. She worked alongside a public health nurse from Ghana, who also helped with interpreting.

“Children’s teeth were not clean, having never owned a toothbrush, and yet there wasn’t a lot of decay,” said Blake. Their diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, very little protein and no processed sugar.

Each child learned about dental hygiene and received a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Blake described the children as polite, appreciative and eager to learn.

After work, Blake spent some time with the children, teaching them the Itsy Bitsy Spider, going on evening walks and playing with bubbles.

Kindness spreads at Oswego Middle

 

“Random Acts of Kindness” have been recognized recently at Oswego Middle School. Principal Mary Beth Fierro and Assistant Principal Robyn Proud have been supportive of  promoting positive actions of their students. Throughout the year, students and staff have been recognized for assisting others. Student Alec Caroccio was recently recognized by Proud (left), Physical Education teacher Steve Carbone and Fierro.
“Random Acts of Kindness” have been recognized recently at Oswego Middle School. Principal Mary Beth Fierro and Assistant Principal Robyn Proud have been supportive of promoting positive actions of their students.
Throughout the year, students and staff have been recognized for assisting others. Student Alec Caroccio was recently recognized by Proud (left), Physical Education teacher Steve Carbone and Fierro.

BOCES students raise money to fight Type 1 diabetes

Oswego County BOCES student Charlene Purchas (Mexico) stands by a thermometer monitoring the progress of a Type 1 diabetes fundraising initiative. Students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are hosting a benefit walk at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.
Oswego County BOCES student Charlene Purchas (Mexico) stands by a thermometer monitoring the progress of a Type 1 diabetes fundraising initiative. Students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are hosting a benefit walk at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students at Oswego County BOCES kicked off a fundraising initiative March 28 by learning a bit more about Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition they hope to eliminate by raising money for a cure.

The efforts were spearheaded by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club to support one of its own members, an 11-year-old hard-of-hearing student who also battles Type 1 diabetes.

Teresa Thompson, of Oswego, was diagnosed with the disease two years ago and her peers and BOCES personnel have rallied behind her to raise funds for JDRF, (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) the leading global organization for Type 1 diabetes research.

“We do a community service project with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club every year,” said Nancy Cooper, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Oswego County BOCES. “It’s nice to be able to give back to a cause that directly impacts one of our students.”

As part of the kickoff event, students in exceptional education, public safety and justice, and multi-occupations programs had an opportunity to view a presentation about the two forms of diabetes. JDRF development assistant and Kids Walk coordinator Katie Mauro was on hand to explain more about the less common Type 1 diabetes.

“Type 1 is not contagious … and you can’t get it from eating too much sugar. It is an autoimmune disease where your pancreas does not produce insulin,” she said. “It never goes away.”

Although there is no cure today, Mauro noted there are continuous advancements in the treatment of the disease and fundraisers like the one sponsored by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are major contributors to fund the groundbreaking research.

Students at Oswego County BOCES will conduct a smaller-scale walk at the Mexico campus at 9 a.m. April 11. The public Kids Walk will take place at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.

For more information or to make a donation, visit kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact  Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher Tammy Seymour at tseymour@oswegoboces.org or 591-0657.

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