Mayor: Some financial restructuring board ideas won’t work in Fulton

By Ashley M. Casey

The state Financial Restructuring Board has sent its first draft of suggestions for getting the city of Fulton off its “fiscally stressed” list.

Mayor Ron Woodward Sr. said the city received word from the restructuring board about two weeks ago with its first recommendations, which are subject to change.  Continue reading

Susquehanna String Band performs June 13

The Susquehanna String Band -- from left, Dan Duggan, John Kirk and Rick Bunting. They perform in Red Creek June 13.
The Susquehanna String Band — from left, Dan Duggan, John Kirk and Rick Bunting. They perform in Red Creek June 13.

 “In the Hayloft” concert series at Esperance Fruit Farm in Red Creek will present a concert with the Susquehanna String Band, featuring Rick Bunting, John Kirk, and Dan Duggan, at 8 p.m. Friday June 13.

Rick Bunting, past chair of music education at Crane School of Music at Potsdam State, has long been recognized for his wonderful vocal renditions of Scottish airs and ballads.

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Happy Birthday, Gallery

 

A Doug Jones Autograph collection will be auctioned off as part of CNY Arts Center’s Gallery Birthday celebration in June. The collection will be on display throughout the month at Arts in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St. in Fulton. The winning bid will be revealed June 26 at the Wine and Cheese Birthday Party. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.
A Doug Jones Autograph collection will be auctioned off as part of CNY Arts Center’s Gallery Birthday celebration in June. The collection will be on display throughout the month at Arts in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St. in Fulton. The winning bid will be revealed June 26 at the Wine and Cheese Birthday Party. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.

With the first full year of Arts in the HeART Gallery completed, CNY Arts Center announces festivities for a month-long celebration during June at the Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Every Wednesday and Saturday an event is planned with a special birthday party to wrap up the celebration at month’s end.

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Bill concerning nuke plant tax agreements passes state Senate

A bill has passed the state Senate that would allow Oswego County to continue to negotiate tax agreements with the operators of three nuclear power plants in Scriba.

The bill (S. 6660-A) extends for 15 years a state law that has allowed the county and school districts to enter into multi-year agreements on property tax payments by the plant operators, providing stability for local budgets as well as the operating companies’ bottom lines.

The law, originally enacted in 2001, was set to expire next year. The newly passed bill now has been sent to the governor for his signature.

Oswego County has tax agreements with Exelon, owner of the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Stations 1 and 2. These agreements expire in December.

The county has been negotiating a tax agreement with Entergy, owner of the James FitzPatrick Nuclear plant, for the last few years and that issue is heading to court this fall.

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, said the bill passed the Senate even though many Downstate senators were against it. She said the bill will help stabilize local government finances and protect jobs at some of the region’s biggest employers.

“Oswego County’s nuclear plants not only provide reliable, cheap energy to help fuel our state’s economy, they are major employers in the county and region, and passage of  this bill helps to protect the plants’ futures, and the future of jobs in Central New York,” Senator Ritchie said.

Opponents said the bill amounted to special treatment for the nuclear plant operators and urged its defeat. But Ritchie countered that passage of the bill was essential to protecting jobs.

“Those jobs at the three nuclear facilities are sought-after jobs, they are high-paying—there’s a line of people looking to get in there. Not only does this bill help local communities stabilize their tax rate, it also helps protect those hundreds of jobs that are in Oswego County,” Ritchie said.

The three nuclear plants each annually pay tens of millions of dollars in property taxes to Oswego County and local school districts, funding classrooms, activities and vital local government services. Expiration of the law would inevitably have led to costly and time-consuming lawsuits over tax rates and threatened local jobs both at the plants and in the surrounding communities.

The bill impacts operators of all six nuclear plants in New York state — which, together, produce as much as one-third of the state’s electricity — but was a priority for Oswego County officials. The measure was cosponsored by the county’s two Assembly representatives, Will Barclay and Bob Oaks.

 

 

Oswego High Athletes of the Month named

FitzGibbons Insurance owner John FitzGibbons  sponsors the “FitzGibbons Insurance Athletes of the Month”, in cooperation with the Oswego Buccaneer Booster Club and local businesses.  The April and May Oswego High School “Athletes of the Month” were  recognized recently. FitzGibbons was joined by Ryan Martin (lacrosse), Grace Gilbert (track),  Ontario Orchard’s Laurie Oleyourryk, Whitney Daino (softball), Alex Kemper (tennis) and  Buc Booster President Judy Queale-Dunsmoor. Each received a $25 gift certificate for Ontario Orchards.
FitzGibbons Insurance owner John FitzGibbons sponsors the “FitzGibbons Insurance Athletes of the Month”, in cooperation with the Oswego Buccaneer Booster Club and local businesses. The April and May Oswego High School “Athletes of the Month” were recognized recently. FitzGibbons was joined by Ryan Martin (lacrosse), Grace Gilbert (track), Ontario Orchard’s Laurie Oleyourryk, Whitney Daino (softball), Alex Kemper (tennis) and Buc Booster President Judy Queale-Dunsmoor. Each received a $25 gift certificate for Ontario Orchards.

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