New York State’s student internship program offers hundreds of internships

Students Encouraged to Apply to Meet Fall Deadline @

Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone announced today that New York State has hundreds of internships available, and reminded college students to apply for Fall semester internships before the application deadline on September 3, 2013.

New York State created a one-stop website – – that allows students to view and apply for internship opportunities across an array of state agencies both downstate and upstate.

The website is one component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New New York Leaders initiative, which is focused on attracting new talent to state government through both a fellowship program and an internship program.  With the internship website, applicants can view job descriptions, create profiles, specify interests, and upload resumes, writing samples and letters of recommendation.  Students can apply for multiple internships at the same time.

“The internship program is designed to attract and mentor a new generation of talented leaders for New York State,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  “I continue to encourage talented college students to consider devoting time to public service while acquiring valuable skills and marketable work experience.”

“New York State continues to offer a wide variety of opportunities across numerous professional occupations,” said Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone.  “Governor Cuomo’s internship program offers opportunities for hands on experience in finance, engineering, public relations, information technology and health care, as well as a host of other professional disciplines.”

The program is open to resident graduate and undergraduate students as well as students who attend schools in other states, but reside in New York.  Opportunities include both paid and unpaid positions.  Internships may include academic credit depending on the policy of the educational institution.

To apply, visit

Maritime history topic at seminar

War of 1812 and Revolutionary War shipwrecks, rum runners, a National Weather Service forensic meteorologist,and the new Great Lakeswide boaters forecast are all on the Oct. 5 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar agenda at the State University College at Oswego.

Presenters at the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. program co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and New York Sea Grant include:

Christopher Nicholson, who designed, built and piloted the remotely-piloted vehicle for the National Geographic Society film of the schooners Hamilton and Scourge that sank in Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

Nicholson, president of Deep Sea Systems International, Cataumet, Mass., has provided technical assistance and engineering services for the exploration of the World War II battleship Arizona, the H.M.S. Breadalbane and famed freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.

National Weather Service forecaster and forensic meteorologist Robert Hamilton speaking on historic weather conditions on Lake Ontario that influenced the wreck of the 22-gun British warship H.M.S. Ontario during the Revolutionary War.

New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White will provide an update on the Great Lakes Observing System Boaters Forecasting tool that is available throughout the Great Lakes region.

A guest describing Two Tank Tips for great diving destinations on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

A speaker on Prohibition-era rum running.

For more information, call 646-1000, ext. 203.

Tax Department Launches Statewide STAR Registration

The New York State Tax Department today unveiled an easy, fast and secure online STAR Registration platform for homeowners currently receiving the Basic STAR property tax exemption.   The system will facilitate Governor Cuomo’s 2013-14 Budget initiative to save New York taxpayers millions by eliminating inappropriate STAR property tax exemptions.

The STAR Program provides 2.6 million homeowners with savings on their school property tax bills each year, but is only available for an individual’s or family’s primary residence. The Governor’s initiative follows a Tax Department investigation that showed some homeowners were receiving the exemption on more than one property.

“This balanced approach protects the integrity of the STAR program and guards taxpayer dollars from those who seek to game the system,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  “The registration program provides an accessible, convenient and secure way for qualified homeowners to retain their exemption.”

“Local assessors monitor Basic STAR in their communities, but do not have the ability to know if an individual is receiving STAR in any of the other 1,000 localities statewide,” said Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox. “This is the first registration in the STAR Program’s 15-year history, and it will eliminate inappropriate and fraudulent exemptions.”

Easy Registration Online or by Phone

The Tax Department is mailing letters to all 2.6 million Basic STAR recipients.  The letter includes registration instructions for the Department’s online application.  It also provides homeowners with a telephone number for registration or questions – 518-457-2036.

The deadline for completing the registration is December 31, 2013.

Letters are being delivered to all Basic STAR recipients in the following Central New York counties this week: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins. The statewide mailing schedule is available online.

Senior Citizens Receiving Enhanced STAR Not Impacted

The registration applies only to Basic STAR recipients; senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not impacted.  In order to continue receiving Enhanced STAR, seniors must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program.

Eligibility for Basic STAR

The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less. Married couples with multiple residences are only eligible to receive one Basic STAR exemption.

The average homeowner benefit as a result of Basic STAR is $700 annually. Statewide, total savings are nearly $1.9 billion each year. The Basic and Enhanced STAR exemptions are the only property tax exemptions reimbursed by New York State.

Registration Affects Exemptions in 2014 and Beyond

The registration program will impact Basic STAR exemptions for 2014 and beyond; it does not impact 2013 exemptions. Homeowners will not have to re-register every year – based on the information provided in the registration process, the Tax Department will monitor homeowners’ eligibility in future years.

DEC Releases Draft Sauger Conservation Management Plan

Plan To Help Rebuild the Sauger Fish Populations in New York State 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the release of a draft sauger conservation management plan for public review and comment.  The goal of the plan is to establish and maintain self-sustaining sauger populations in all suitable waters of native watersheds by 2030.

“Sauger are a fascinating species uniquely adapted to thrive in large turbid rivers and lakes,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “They once were prominent in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain, but have declined to the point where they are now one of New York’s most imperiled fish species. This plan will start the process of restoring sauger to its native range in New York waters.”

Sauger are North American members of the true perch family, Percidae, and closely resemble walleye in both appearance and function. The draft conservation management plan is available on the DEC website at

The three objectives of the plan include:

  • Establishing a self-sustaining sauger population in the upper Allegheny River watershed.
  • Determining sauger population status and documenting and improving habitat suitability in Lake Champlain.
  • Determining the suitability of Lake Erie’s eastern basin watershed for sauger restoration.

These objectives are designed to be implemented through 2020. Progress made towards meeting these objectives will serve as guidance in the development of new objectives and management recommendations for the period 2021 – 2030. Additional waters will be considered for sauger population establishment during this time.

Comments may be submitted in writing through September 15, 2013 to NYSDEC Bureau of Fisheries, Sauger Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753 or by emailing (with “Sauger Plan” in the subject line).

The Sportsman’s World

 By Leon Archer

Two Harbors, Minn., is an important iron ore port on the north shore of Lake Superior about 30 miles east of Duluth. The majority of the iron from the mines situated about 65 miles northeast of town is processed up on the iron range before being brought to Two Harbors by train and shipped out as taconite ready to go into the blast furnaces in places like Detroit Mich., Toledo, Ohio, and Conneaut and Gary, Ind.

It often leaves port 70,000 tons at a rip inside huge 1,000 foot lakers like the Edwin H. Gott  and  Edgar B. Speer  heading for the down lakeports to offload. It was this same trade that found the Edmund Fitzgerald leaving Superior, Wis., on Nov. 9, 1975, loaded with 26,535 tons of taconite, about to sail sadly into history as the largest ship ever to sink on the Great Lakes.

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Fulton welcomes 3 babies

The city of Fulton’s population has increased by three boys. The newest residents are:

Ryder James Jones was born Aug. 11 to Katie Jones. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19.75 inches.

Baby Ormsby was born Aug. 12 to  Rebecca Ormsby. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches.

Jayce Morse was born Aug. 18 to Tiffany Connolly and Matt Morse. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19.25 inches.

Donhauser earns engineering degree

Nathan D. Donhauser of Fulton graduated with distinction May 11 from Clarkson University, Potsdam, with a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering.

Donhauser was a member of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, and was a captain of the concrete canoe team, which placed second this year in competition at Rochester Institute of Technology. In the competition, canoes are made of concrete, but must be able to float.

Donhauser also was president of the Clarkson chapter of Associated General Contractors.

He has accepted a position with Kiewit Infrastructure in Secaucus, N.J.

Donhauser graduated Hannibal High School in 2009. He is the son of Nathan and Carole Donhauser of Fulton, and the grandson of Kenyon and Ellen Donhauser, also of Fulton, and Carole Soliars and the late Ronald Soliars of Baldwinsville.

West wins Rotary scholarship

Mary West, a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, is the winner of the  Sandy and Sylvia Squires Scholarship presented by the Fulton Noon Rotary Club.

She will attend Rensselaer Polytechnical  Institute in September.

She joins previous scholarship winners Sara Nelson, who is attending Ithaca College for physical therapy; Ashlynn Palmitesso, who is attending Rochester Institute of Technology for microfluidic engineering; and Adam Wolford, who is attending Cornell University and majoring in chemical engineering.

Rotary member William Rasbeck spoke on the history of the Squires Scholarships. Sandy Squires was a member of the Syracuse Rotary Club but weekly attended the Fulton Club.

Sandy was proud of his honorary membership in the Fulton Club. He was a strong supporter of  high school Athletics and one of Syracuse University’s greatest fans.

The late Sandy and Sylvia Squires bequeathed a large amount of money to the Fulton Rotary Club Endowment to be used as scholarships for student athletes.

The requirements for the scholar-athletes has been set very high by the Rotarians.

The winners must be in the top 25 percent of their class by the third semester of their senior year. They must have four varsity sports letters. They are judged by nine application reviewers — three Rotarians, three community members and three school members.

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