Michael “Bumpa” Jessmore, 68, formerly of Fulton, NY passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 10 at his St. Petersburg, FL., home with his family at his bedside after a long illness.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today (Wednesday June 18 ) announced a settlement with Warrenone, Inc., a franchisee operating four McDonalds restaurants in Wayne and Monroe counties.
The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigation into the illegal firing of an employee at Warrenone’s Lyons location.
An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found that on April 8, 2013, a part-time minimum-wage employee of the restaurant made multiple attempts to report a gas leak. When his supervisors did not address the situation, he reported the leak to the Lyons Fire Department.
Responding firefighters and local law enforcement both confirmed that there was a gas leak, and the store was temporarily closed to the public for the night. While the firefighters were at the restaurant investigating the leak, two supervisors fired the employee.
State Labor Law Section 740 forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting to a supervisor or to the authorities when an employer violates a law that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.
The public health and safety issue reported here — a gas leak — involved a violation of provisions of the New York State Fire Code, among other things.
“It’s outrageous that an employee would be terminated for contacting the local authorities about a serious safety risk. He should be thanked, not fired,” said Schneiderman. “Workers who try to protect the public and their fellow employees deserve protection, and the state should have their back.”
As a result of this settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in restitution which constitutes approximately one and one half years’ worth of front pay in lieu of reinstatement for the discharged employee.
Lost compensation was already obtained through enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on May 17, 2013. Labor Law Section 740 does not provide for additional liquidated damages.
William Hamilton, Sr., 83, of Pennellville died Tuesday June 10 at home.
He was born in Syracuse, NY and was a lifetime resident of Volney until 2010 when he moved to Pennellville.
As a child he grew up on a farm and later in life he continued to work in farming, and silo construction. Mr. Hamilton was past employed as a truck driver and he retired from OCO, Fulton where he worked as a bus driver and aide for 25 years.
He was a past member of the Fulton Moose Lodge and he enjoyed bowling at the Fulton Recreation Club and Lakeview Lanes.
Mr. Hamilton was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Tabitha.
He is survived by his six children: Cheryl Hamilton of Pennellville, William Hamilton Jr., of Fulton, Michele Bradley of Fulton, Theresa Akarpinar of Granby, Eric Hamilton of Hannibal, Joanne Taylor of Granby; 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Burial will be held privately. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.
Margaret Beckwith, 79, of Fulton will be buried at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 21, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. Moritz Fuchs officiating.
Following the burial, a celebration of Mrs. Beckwith’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Fulton.
The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton, has care of the arrangements.
A Fulton teen died Tuesday June 17 in a car crash on state Route 3 in the town of Hannibal, state police said.
Troopers said Dylan R. Blair, 18, was driving a 1998 Saturn westbound on Route 3 at about 5 p.m. when he came upon a vehicle slowing down to assist a disabled vehicle who was off the roadway and parked along the shoulder.
Herbert “Butch” Kelly, Jr., 64, of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 16 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness.
He was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, class of 1969.
Butch recently retired from Interface Solutions in Fulton as a maintenance supervisor after 42 years. He served with the Army National Guard of New York from 1970 to 1976. Continue reading