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Today's Quote, January 24/15

“What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.”
Lord Byron

Menter- Oswego
The reason they park like they do is cause they are too fat and lazy to walk an extra three feet. And for those of you that think Menter is going to remain free to the city, I overheard Dana telling one of his girlfriends that once the city ambulance is gone, they then will start charging the city of Oswego, and they will have no choice but to pay!! Haha

                                                                                                                              Jan 24/15

Dear Haha: In case you did not know, the city of Ozwego currently pays over one million per year, per ambulance, to operate a service the only real purpose of which is to generate overtime. Assuming there is a grain of truth in your story we could pay Menter a million dollars and still be saving over a million per year.

Oswego County Drug Task Force Announces 3 Arrests

                                                                                                                              Jan 24/15



The Hero's Latest F**k-UP

Ozwego's Heroes crashed their first fireboat twice, that we know of, and now they have racked up number two on the new one. It seems they were out saving seagulls when they hit some kind of pipe. I suppose the question to ask would be whether they hit the pipe in the water or were they making an amphibious landing?

Congratulations to Mayor Gilligan for is oversight of grand seagoing department.

                                                                                                                              Jan 24/15

Real Deals
Goodbye Real Deals. I will miss you. Your cash register was constantly ringing up sales every one of the thousand times I was in there. I almost always had to stand in line to cash out. It seems to me that you must have been making money. RIP.
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Ex-Fulton cop sentenced for 'shocking' attack on handcuffed prisoner

                                                                                                                              Jan 24/15

1.In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.

2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured.

3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.

4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be free of charge to them.

This is just another scheme to redistribute the wealth - OBAMA CARE
                                                                                                                              Jan 24/15







Today's Quote, January 23/15

"People who keep dogs are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
August Strindberg

Oswego Town [Dollar Store]
Let The "Dollar Store" in !!! Ontario Orchards are Complaining about this...Their afraid of the Safety on 104 West...their Business has on average 1-2 Accidents per year from their parking Lot to 104 west...What are they Talking about...Safety ??
Are they afraid of a Dollar Store taking away their Vegetables,Trees, or Fruit...No! its all a Money thing !!
I am Sure "Ontario Orchards Family" has enough Money in their Pockets to last a very Longggggg time.
You don't see the Malone family Complaining...
Let the Store In ..Your family [Ont.Orc.] has been their to long as it is. The Dollar Store will not Put you out of Business, and the Safety issue is Just plain Stupid !
Share the Community, and don't be Greedy !!!!!!

Signed: Some Oswego Town Neighbors
                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

Pretty much know where Linda Lockwood's head is.


                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

All you have to do is give fools like that a chance to open their mouths and they hang themselves everytime.

streets,repaving, money
First off, streets are in a condition because of one, lack of drainage, two, lack of tack coating, before repaving. Three, you would have more monies if you put the higher rank of the fire dept. on salary only! You would have the money to have the workers and people that know about proper construction. Once again, this is construction, when it comes to repaving, and someone to know that monies are there, just someone has to see that another dept . needs to be change, to benefit other depts. Someone has to have the balls to do the right action. And it starts at the top and goes down from there, period!
This contractor is worse than Rizzo and the corruption in city hall is worse than it was back then. Latest rumors say he is about to come to the council with a huge laundry list of cost over runs, aka Leotta’s cut.
                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

Cuomo's $50 million plan will transform the state fair . . . into what?


                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15
The independent contractor is probably Sheldon Silver.

Typical repub

                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

construction and fire dept.
Construction and code building ,should be with people that are skilled in this area! People that are skilled in fire protection, stay in that area! You cannot tell me that a person goes to code or building school, for two months, is going to know more that a person in the trades for more than 40 years. And when it can take one person skilled, why should taxpayers pay six firemen on either straight time or overtime? ,and you are wondering what happen to the monies? And why they are not there? It is called greed and lack of backbone. Lets get some smarts into this game, and we do not have to wait until the next election to get things in order! Fire dept contract can be changed, if city is in financial despair.
                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15


Oswego man charged with DWI under Leandra's Law had 8-month-old child in backseat, police say.
Another Housing Visions prodigy from Hammie Homes.

                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

give them names Ed

                                                                                                                              Jan 23/15

We had this on once before. I believe the general consensus was Gilligan, Kapelwhitz and VanBuren.








Today's Quote, January 22/15

“Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.”
Benny Hill

                                                                                                                              Jan 22/15

Speakers Sound Off On Noise Waiver Request
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                                                                                                                              Jan 22/15


You can murder, rape, pillage, and burn in OZ and no one will lift a finger unless someone complains. This is the quality of life that attracts criminals to this city in droves. PLANT CORN GET CORN!

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Today's Quote, January 21/15

"If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age."
George F. Burns

DA Oakes
The only thing Mr Oakes has proven with the Thibideau hearing is the fact he's in a job over his head. The only thing he HAS accomplished is sealing his fate in the next election, bye bye !
New trial should have been approved, he would not have been convicted if even a portion of new info was available.
Remember, Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Reasonable doubt has now been introduced, isn't that enough? WTF is going on? Quit pissing our money away. Mr. Oakes is as good as being fired, politics will save him ! You watch.

C. Manson
                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

The Lies and Deceipt continue at the Oswego County Sherrifs Department !
More NEW information comes to the surface.
Will Ruel Todd and Pietroski ever tell the truth ?

The Allens should sue the county sherrifs dept for everything they can get.



                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

Fully-involved house fire reported in Oswego
Owned by a woman in s.car., one of Warendork's rentals, she bought it for $28,000.


                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

Oswego NY Third Highest Unemployment Rate In State.


                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

SUCO SUCO: Hey Becky hurry back, your boy toy Aaron is abusing his power! We are janitors not kids.
                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

Low bidder
You do not have to accept low bid. The contractor pays for the inspectors, not the city. And as far as the bad paving on west first street, who ever did the last paving, it goes to back charge, which means, the contractor gets the bill, not the taxpayers for the paving, and please keep in mind, the contractor has to honor contract for one year. And also ,city did not enforce safety rules in contract. Proper road signage, lack of flag people, no tri-pod when a person goes into confined space, no hardhats, no spotters, wrong finish on curbs and not straight. Improper compaction, not covering exposed earth in cold weather as in covering blankets. This goes on and on, and the clerk of the works, really?, just drove around and did a great job of making Oswego looks like we do not know what we are doing, be cause that contractor did not know what they were doing!
                                                                                                                              Jan 21/15

But I hear he did a real good job on Kapelwhitz’s driveway.








Today's Quote, January 20/15

“The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new,

is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true”
Edgar Allan Poe

Barlow and Snow Piles
Snow Piles
"Went for a ride checked out 5th and Erie the snow pile was all cleaned up. Good Job Mr. Barlow.
Are you kidding me? You are telling Barlow he did a good job removing a snow pile at 5th and Erie, yet, Barlow had to be told either on this site or by a resident that there was a problem on that corner? Giving out accolades for telling someone to do what they should have already done is ridiculous. That is part of his job, a job, he stinks at. One only has to look at the road conditions and the other dangerous piles of snow around the 5th Ward to see just how bad of a job he is doing."

You should be telling him what a great job he did when, the east lane of W. 1st Street had to be paved three times at taxpayer's expense, something he should have taken care of the fist time. Again, this site and complaints to city hall got the road paved properly, not Councilor Barlow. He does such a great job he had to be told 4 times get Mohawk Street patch between 1st and 5th where the bricks were showing though the pavement. The same is true of 2nd Street between Utica and Mohawk....the patch job was very poorly done and now the patch job is pulling up.
Maybe you can thank him for the 43% tax increase we received last year. He had plenty of time to make reductions, and even when the solutions were given to him to cut the budget, he didn't man-up to reduce the property taxes.
Maybe you can thank him for never opening his mouth at a committee or council meeting as he just goes along with what Half-o-witz and Von Boring when they tell him what to do.
I think you should also thank him for being the Bobble-head he is.
PS... Got a problem with Walker....he has a telephone, call him.
                                                                                                                              Jan 20/15

Fulton School District Falsified Reports To Hide Unsafe Status Of Middle School

                                                                                                                              Jan 20/15

Cahill Bld.
Is there anywhere I can sign a petition to have the Cahill building torn down or given to someone who wants to throw good money after bad and then tear it down? Common sense needs to be infused somewhere in this debate. You don’t need to be a structural engineer to see that this building is well beyond any feasible hope of rehabilitation. Nearly anything can be rebuilt but at what cost? The library was a perfect example of how the well-intentioned, along with the glory hounds, ran up millions of dollars on a project that still is in constant repair to this day. The reason for many of the library’s problems are in fact due to the desire of some to have a functioning library, along with the tremendous structural load of thousands of books, in an inadequate structure. Instead it could have been a museum paying tribute to the past with the new library across the street in the OCSD building. (That’s another argument altogether) It would be nice if some of the stone could be salvaged from the Cahill building and used as a façade for a newer building or monument for a park to help remember Oswego’s former glory. It could be argued that the 60’s urban renewal program that devastated the city may have been better served to renovate salvageable buildings, but alas, like the Eleanor D, that ship has sailed. Let’s be able to tell the difference between preserving the past or living in it. – Mayor Ralph
                                                                                                                              Jan 20/15

Fulton Woman Charged After Attack On Home Health Care Worker
There were several other people in the home but apparently no one helped the victim.


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Selection   Votes 
Greg Oaks District Attorney  9%
Donald Dodd Former District Attorney  8%
Gary Thibodeau  83% 63 
76 total 






Today's Quote, January 17/15

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
Benjamin Franklin

Snow Piles
Went for a ride .checked out 5th and Erie the snow pile was all cleaned up. Good Job Mr. Barlow. Now if you have time shake Walker and wake him up. You might have to find him driving the drunk bus. Or maybe he is busy counting the extra money he is earning from his new appointment. This year he likes it. Last Year he VOTED AGAINST .$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Dollar Signs have ruined a lot of people $$$$$$$
                                                                                                                              Jan 17/15

Lead investigator in Heidi Allen case suggests recorded call might have been staged


                                                                                                                              Jan 17/15

Grassroots Group Urges Council To Save Landmark
There are many more urgent needs of this city than saving this old building. Think about why we have sky high sewer bills, too much of kicking the can down the road instead of taking care of business in a timely manner.


                                                                                                                              Jan 17/15

good vs. bad
Let the lying begin. I hope that the allen family finds out the real story. And the sheriff ‘s office, where did you get this guy? Could not got out to the property on foot and search on foot? I always thought that people in the police world, want to serve and protect, law and order and take the bad people off of the streets. Order a fly over, really? How about that you write info down and investigate, or did you get your police work schooling from toy’s are us? I could never like people lying to me or anyone else!
                                                                                                                              Jan 17/15

I do not know how anyone in this county could show up for jury duty and not have a reasonable doubt before the trial ever began.


Register Now for Young Boater Safety Training at 2015 CNY Boat Show
Syracuse, NY The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant are alerting youth ages 10-17 to register now for the annual free Young Boater Safety Certificate Training to be offered at the February 11-15, 2015 Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.

Successful completion of the 8-hour course and proctored exam is required for youth to legally operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York State waters.

Pre-registration is required for the limited space seating for the two-part course that will be taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel at the Central New York Boat Show on Wednesday, February 11 from 6pm to 8:30pm AND Saturday, February 14 from 9am to 2:30pm in the Horticulture Building Seminar Room. New York Sea Grant is taking registrations by phone at 315-312-3042.

Each youth registering for the course will receive three free admission passes into the 2015 Central New York Boat Show that is the largest and oldest boat show in New York State. The five-day event fills three buildings with more than 500 boats of all styles, water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating, fishing and Adirondack guides; charter captains and yacht clubs; and exhibits by waterfront destinations, tourism organizations; and local, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The 2015 edition of the award-winning New York Sea Grant Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessels will be at the show with information on life jacket and boating safety, voluntary watercraft inspection for boat owners and operators to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The February 11-15, 2015 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1pm-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-9m Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday at the NYS Fairgrounds. Admission is $10 per person, children 13 and younger enter free, with free parking and shuttles. Learn more at www.cnyboatshow.com.
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Today's Quote, January 16/15

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

I find it amusing how great some of the people on here think Menter Ambulance is. I happen to work there and I can tell you there is a COUPLE of good providers there and the rest area a bunch of idiots! The place is run by the no nothing hack Dana that only cares about trying to hump every female in the place. I dont know alot about OFD but they cant be as bad as this place.. Please becareful what you wish for.
                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

DA Oakes
Mr Oakes I have been in the courtroom for three days, and have already heard enough testimony to come to the conclusion that Mr. Thibedeau deserves a new trial. Do the citizens of Oswego county a favor and release Mr Thibedeau in the interest of justice. This man has served twenty years in prison, is in failing health, and from testimony I have heard, is in no way connected to Heides’ disappearance. Why go through this hearing any further, plus a New trial, when you can request he be released.The costs involved, plus a possible lawsuit in this case are going to be astronomical. As I have stated the man has already done twenty years for this crime! Please come to your senses and possibly save the county money by releasing this man.
                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

Oaks Todd And Dodd Have Withheld Evidence And Lied About It.
What started out as a hearing of new evidence in the Heidi Allen case has taken a turn. It has now become a trial in the Court of Public Opinion with the Oswego County D.A. and Sheriff’s offices as the defendants. If Gary Thibodeau stood up in court and confessed tomorrow it still would not expunge the corruption, which has been shown by these two departments. Don Dodd said he gave Thibodeau’s attorneys the information about Heidi being an informant. Greg Oaks backed him up and confirmed it. In other words Dodd lied and Oaks swore to it. The next liar to watch will be Sheriff Todd. Word on the street is Todd has been communicating via psychic with Len Ponzi who is revealing the exact location of the body and real murders of Heidi Allen.
                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

If Heidi Allen hearing goes beyond this week, it will adjourn for two weeks


                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

Gary Thibodeau’s 1995 conviction for kidnapping Heidi Allen WILL be overtured
Gary Thibodeau’s 1995 conviction for kidnapping Heidi Allen WILL be overturned because evidence that was hidden from the defense team and the jury back in 1995 can no longer
be withheld or hidden by The Oswego County Sheriffs department !!

Ruel Todd, Robert Lighthall and the rest of the misfits and morons in the Oswego County Sheriffs Department that had anything to do with this COVER UP and CLUSTER F**K of injustice
against Gary Thibodeau, will have their a$$holes pucker when this happens.
I cant wait to see Ruel Todds fat f**k face and that queer Lighthall when Gary Thibodeau is exonerated, released from prison and files false arrest, false imprisonment lawsuits against them and everyone else that lied and covered up the truth.

Heidi is still missing !
                                                                                                                              Jan 16/15

That is pretty strong language. Personally I do not see any way these present and former county officials walk away from this without a black eye. To top it off I understand the former Minetto fire chief is bragging how the DA is dropping the charges if he makes restitution. Maybe if Mr. Thibodeau had come from a good family things would have worked out differently.






Today's Quote, January 15/15

"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives."
Albert Schweitzer

Only in Oswego, the Athletic Director steps down and takes a job teaching gym class at a grade school and still gets paid 85K for 10 months work, more than his replacement makes. SMH
                                                                                                                              Jan 15/15

Re: Heidi Allen
Steen and Breckinridge are hardened killers who will never crack....Mike Boher, who the judge sent home yesterday, is the most likely to tell the truth as he has had 21 years to regret his implication..I hope they put
him on the stand....anon
                                                                                                                              Jan 15/15

re: Heidi Allen
NO HOT WATER IN HIS CELL!!....Come On OCSD...How much more of your abuse can this poor man stand???...I'd like to know how these brothers ever pissed you off in the first place! Wouldn't everyone?
                                                                                                                              Jan 15/15

"D.A. Greg Oakes suggested that staff from the state Attorney General's office come in to independently go through all the sheriff's files. Oakes said he has also asked the Sheriff's office to locate all materials in the Heidi Allen case since 1995 and examine them to see if they have been provided to the D.A.'s office and Gary Thibodeau's attorneys."

Contrary to what some headlines might lead you to believe a suggestion is not a request. If the District Attorney is serious he would request an investigation not by the State Attorney General but by the US Attorney’s Office. While they are at it they should be investigating the entire District Attorney’s office as well as the Sheriff’s Department going back at least twenty years.

                                                                                                                              Jan 15/15

Older people with alot of class and know how it is to be done
Good for the people that will clear snow or cut grass for someone that may not be able.Thank you for the landlords that buy, fix and maintain there properties all year long. Shame on the other landlords that may plow a driveway, but does get out to shovel, or snowthrow to keep the sidewalk clear for young people, older people, trash removel people, fire people, police people and the people that need to go to work, or go to do there shopping, or pay there bills, like the ones they may pay to keep there driveway or sidewalk clear. What a great idea it was to get rid of code enforcement, it really heiped, did’nt .Put on a job that the fire dept. cannot handle ,and nor should they. Sometimes the aldermen have too much power, and sometimes they lack the brains of common sense that puts them on the planet far away or the land of misfits. Learn from the older people when they are out trying to clear there sidewalks or driveways and yet, the landlords do not maintain the proper passage. Shame on you and the aldermen that let this happen, shame on the mayor to let this happen, shame on the fire chief to try to do this job, when you are not able and do not have the construction smarts!
                                                                                                                              Jan 15/15

Karen,s Song

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Today's Quote, January 14/15

"Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely to be criticized for it

than are the men who have always had it."
Carolyn Heilbrun

Two new Heidi Allen witnesses reveal Breckenridge's wife linked him to 1994 kidnapping

                                                                                                                              Jan 14/15

Snow Piles
We put up with this every year also. The gas station on E. Tenth St. between Catherine St. and Oneida St. They continue to do the same thing,They have a hazardous entrance and exit on Catherine St. side. Cars drive down 10th right into entrance,there should be a STOP sign on 10th and one at the exit entering Catherine. But you can bet on it that will never happen. He has put snow pile across the road WHICH IS ILLEGAL. Children have to step out into the road on their way to school, Our alderman Mr. Walker only lives a short distance away. This has been complained about for several years,this guy must have a short memory because he KEEPS on doing it. Now if Walker looks in the other direction toward E. 9th. Garfolo’s take their snow from their whole section,pushes it straight down Bridge St.on the sidewalk. Just around the corner on E. Eighth St.
                                                                                                                              Jan 14/15

I think you are asking a bit too much. After all this is OZ where quality of life is nothing more than a catch phrase used by crooked politicians.

Altmar Man Charged In Meth Bust

                                                                                                                              Jan 14/15

$178K falls out of armored vehicle on LIE; Drivers brake to chase cash. « CBS New York
In that neighborhood they were lucky to recover the $40.


                                                                                                                              Jan 14/15

THe OCSD is a joke....it is very sad that some very good Deputies have to take the wrap for those that are as bad as the criminals. Attend an event or party with some of them (INCLUDING CORRECTIONS that think they are Deputies) and you will see. Drunk driving and lack of morals is a must to attend. If they spent sometime investigating the corruption from the hand full of Deputy wanna Be's to the should never have been Deputies they could weed out the filth they are known for.
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                                                                                                                              Jan 14/15

Funding will help Great Lakes Basin communities increase resiliency to extreme storm events

In partnership with New York Sea Grant, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced $89,000 in grants for four projects that will help Great Lakes coastal communities to increase storm resiliency and protect water quality.

“New York remains vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially from more frequent severe storms,” said Commissioner Martens. “Each project receiving funding has proposed a solution to address these problems locally, to ultimately reduce risk to communities and ecosystems and will help our communities become stronger and more resilient.”

“New York Sea Grant looks forward to administering these awards and working with the recipients to ensure that the documents produced, data generated, and lessons learned are available to all of our Great Lakes communities and stakeholders,” said New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine E. Bunting-Howarth.

Coastal communities along 700 miles of New York Great Lakes’ shoreline are vulnerable to storm surges, flooding, shoreline erosion, and the impact of overdevelopment. Inland communities also experience flooding and erosion as a result of wetland loss and degradation, improper stream management, and excessive development of floodplains.

Grants will be awarded to the following organizations:

· Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper: $24,482 to improve coastal resilience and community stewardship along Grand Island’s shoreline by engaging shoreline property owners and municipal officials through a combination of technical assistance, and public outreach and education. Program activities will target stretches of shoreline experiencing significant erosion and habitat degradation problems.

· Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Village of Sodus Point: $25,000 to use a combination of natural vegetation and rock to stabilize an eroding section of shoreline and protect nearby at-risk sewage infrastructure in the Village of Sodus Point. Ultimately, this project will strengthen coastal resiliency by protecting wastewater infrastructure and reducing vulnerability to erosion and coastal storm impacts.

· Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District: $25,000 to use an ecosystem-based management approach to identify and assess available shoreline management methods for the North Pond inlet and coastal dune barrier of Eastern Lake Ontario. The project’s findings will be used to inform an inlet management plan that balances the needs and uses of the local community, while achieving ecological stability within this unique barrier-pond ecosystem.

· Stony Brook University: $14,985 to investigate the potential impact of seiches--standing waves commonly caused by wind--on beach erosion along New York’s Lake Erie shoreline. This project may have important resiliency implications for coastal engineering practices, which have not typically considered seiches in shoreline protection design.

New York’s Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is a project of the state Environmental Protection Fund’s Ocean-Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Program. Grant projects support the goals of an Interim NYS Great Lakes Action Agenda, a plan for applying ecosystem-based management to complex environmental problems in order to conserve, protect and enhance our irreplaceable Great Lakes natural resources.

For more information on the Interim NYS Great Lakes Action Agenda, visit DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html. For more information on the grant projects, go to www.nyseagrant.org






Today's Quote, January 13/15

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke

Re: Snow Pile at West 5th and Erie
Mr. Barlow if you live a block away – do your job and enforce the ordinances the city has in place. The taxpayers are paying your salary and watching you now!
There are commercial properties in my ward and the city WILL NOT remove their snow. They have to be creative in the placement of it…
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Did It Feel Good
Understand Karen really liked the power to destroy people and their lives to try and save a sinking ship. There was NO money for her salary so she had to find some by eliminating 75% of the workforce, all the overpaid staff, but a very experienced and dedicated workforce. Your lack of experience took you down the wrong path, but stupid allowed you to do it because you left the only two that should have been let go first alone, or maybe you were told to.
From what I know, the dump is no better off cause the wrong decisions were executed. no money !
Are you fighting for your unemployment Karen like many of us who were let go? Hope so. Did you cut Beth and Mal's wages. They were paid well, but they don't contribute anything beneficial to the organization, and undermine everything that goes on.
They make good money for little actual work and screw off all day and smoke, you allowed that to continue as well.
The public is catching, on and many are looking elsewhere for better services and competance, ya failed !
How's it feel ?

In Oz
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Fire Retirement for Tier 2
Tier 2 Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) & Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) and Tier 3 PFRS members covered by Article 11
The Final Average Salary (FAS) is based on the highest average of wages* earned during any three consecutive years. Earnings in any year included in the period cannot exceed the average of the previous two years by more than 20 percent. Any amount in excess of this will be excluded. Payment for unused vacation is not included in the FAS calculation.


Actual Earnings


Earnings Allowed

Year 1: $39,000

[(32,000 + 31,000) ÷ 2] × 1.2 = 37,800


Year 2: $32,000

[(31,000 + 26,000) ÷ 2] × 1.2 = 34,200


Year 3: $31,000

[(26,000 + 25,000) ÷ 2] × 1.2 = 30,600


Year 4: $26,000
Year 5: $25,000

$100,400 ÷ 3 = $33,467 FAS

The earnings in years 1 and 3 exceed the average of earnings in the previous two years by more than 20 percent, so the total earnings cannot be used.

*Wages include regular salary, overtime, and recurring longevity payments earned within the period used to determine final average salary. For Tier 5 and 6 members, overtime that can be used in the FAS calculation is limited. Effective April 1, 2012, employers must not report any overtime that exceeds the limit or deduct contributions from the excess overtime.
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/14

ofd retirement plan
Please could the city of Oswego,ny do a cost sheet on how many members, gross sal, benefits per hour or per year and what are they? And why, all of overnight, the overtime jumps from 2000.00 a year to 30,000.00 a year

In the last three years ,but it was not there in the first 22 years? What is the car, truck, snowplow, cube van,cell phone, gas cards, local charge to local businesses, uniform cleaning, and where do they hold there monthly union meetings ? let us see the minutes of the meetings. Why two 4wd vech. ? and a cube van? And how many boats? And who are the personal? And are they on call 12 months a year or are the seasonal? Which then means they may not be on the clock for the 12 months of the year, but are they being put in for it? Lets see the payroll time sheets!
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Crime Does Pay
There is an old saying that "Crime doesn't Pay" and "Do the Crime,
do the Time"! Unfortunately that is not how it works in Oswego County or the City of Oswego. Joseph Smegelsky, was found by the state, to have stolen over $22,000 from the Minetto Fire Department when he was Chief, and at the same time he was working for the OFD. Now I hear he is going to make over $70,000 for 2014 even though he was suspended (with pay). $90,000 and who knows what he has stolen from the OFD under the nose of that drunken chief and that fool they call a mayor.
I also herd that Greg Oakes, Oswego County DA is going to reduce the charges against him to a misdemeanor so he doesn't lose his job on the OFD, and Gillen is going to go along with it. Oakes has screwed up the Hidi Allen case, was part of the reason an innocent man is in jail, and now he wants to reduce charges on a known thief.
In Oswego County, nothing is out of the question when you are dealing with a DA like Oakes and a fool like Gillen. I think it is time to contact the Governors office regarding Oakes, to make the state aware of the crime that is coming out of the DA's office.
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Re: Gary "The Innocent" Thibedeau
OCSD had Gary in tow, shackled hands and legs, took the stairs instead of a available elevator, and let him fall down the stairs, causing damage to both ankles which required surgery...Amazing, OCSD, just $%&!#&* amazing...The Drama continues in Oz, land of corrupted officials everywhere...and the "weak and innocent" continue to suffer for their horrible acts....Anon..
                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Two decades after Heidi Allen's kidnapping, case returns to court


                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

Gary Thibodeau's OK, in good spirits despite fall down stairs
Those stairs wind around the elevator at the Oneida Street entrance to the courthouse. So why were they making a man in shackles go down the stairs????

Why were they taking him out to an ambulance on the opposite end of the courthouse???????????????????

Deputy dog standing there looking like the cat who just ate the canary. Looks to me like they are trying to make this all go away quickly. Don’t be surprised if Gary mysteriously dies at the jail.



                                                                                                                              Jan 13/15

The best part of all that was Ozwego’s real ambulance service “MENTER” was the one to take him to the hospital. The heroes were probably busy shopping.






Today's Quote, January 12/15

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it,

or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”
Alexander Hamilton

Re: Snow Pile at West 5th and Erie
A very hazardous snow pile condition exists on the Northwest corner of West 8th and Utica. Every winter the snow pile is pushed into a huge pile right on the corner. When someone complains, the city sends to DPW crew to clean up the mess during the night shift. This, of course, is at the taxpayers expense. If we can afford to help maintain commercial property, surely the doctors that occupy that building can afford to fulfill their obligations. KEEP UP YOUR MESS BEFORE IT BECOMES A BIGGER PROBLEM!!!!! Who are the common council representatives for these wards? PLEASE DO YOUR JOBS. BARLOW LIVES A BLOCK AWAY FROM W 5th and ERIE!!!!!
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15

Mr. Dowd
I do not blame Mr. Dowd or anyone else for using their head when it comes to trying to get more money for their pension. The problem lies in the system itself that allows for such things to go on. The taxpayers of this city have to smarten up and try to find some intelligent people to run this city. I don’t know who would want to go through all the bullshit and criticism, hopefully somebody FAST will show up, before this place really goes bankrupt. Again, don’t shoot the messenger, Mr. Dowd was only doing what each and every one of us would do, LEAGALLY, until the system is over hauled. Keep up the good work boys!!
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15

Mary the babysitter
Take your Hudders with you. First step we need to do to take back Oz.
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15

Carnac the Magnificent on special assignment to OZ ( Land of the Strange).

Answer: Michael Parker.
Question: Who paid for Gosek's bail?
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15

This is real simple, who is put ting on paper the overtime and who is approving it! And if you are spending monies, then hire more people, it is more cost smart , which means more people have jobs. So I guess that if a person avgs. 50,000.00 a year for 22 years, but in the last 3 years goes to 100,000.00 ,the pension is based on 100,000.00 ? What is wrong with this picture? Who is signing off on this greed?
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15

Put it on the table
Ofd what is base salary and the benefits. What is med. Coverage, dental coverage, eye glasses, is it limited to how many members of the family? If member dies, does the spouse keep getting full pension benefits and medical and dental until she dies? Or is it cut in half? So if base sal. Is 55,000.00 what also is the benefits per year, plus another 20,000.00 to 30,000.00 in med,dental,eye care benefits ,equals around guessing, about 75,000.00 to 85,000.00 a year total, but went overtime and now it is 105,000.00 105,000.00 plus another 30,000.00 to 40,000.00 = about 145,000.00 boy, are the taxpayers getting a great deal when this kind of thing goes on.

I bet the people at the payroll dept. must feel good about putting this all on the ledger books.
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15


Most of the city employees hate the Hero's guts. They are just afraid to say anything.

The current administration will never dump the ambulance service. No one can come up with a realistic reason for this except that they are in some way benefitting from keeping things as they are. They do not care for the tax payers, they are only interested in kissing the hero's asses.
                                                                                                                              Jan 12/15






Today's Quote, January 11/15

“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything.”
George Washington Carver

Assistant Chief Retires, an example of how the OFD screws the taxpayer's again
Congratulations to 1st Assistant Chief Donald Dowd who has decided to pull the pin and retire from the Oswego Fire Department. Here is a man who served many years as one of the OFD hero’s, and WOW, don’t you all whish you could screw the system and the taxpayer’s the way this guy and many before him have.
Let’s look at the facts:
Dowd, is a tier 2, and for the years of 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, his base salary was around $54,000 and he received over time of an average of $2,390/yr for that period of time and his gross pay was $62,400/yr. That seems very reasonable compensation for an officer in the OFD.
But wait, in 2011, 1st Assistant Chief Dowd knows it is time to start padding his retirement when he goes in three years. For the years of 2012, 2013, 2014, Mr. Dowd’s base pay was around $56,500/yr, but his overtime went from an average of $2,390/yr to $22,600/yr (range of $12,900 to $30,300) and his gross pay for that same 3 year period went from and average of $62,400/yr to $108,400/yr. (range $92,000 to $118,500)
Now if Dowd was not padding his retirement he would have received a retirement of around $44,500/yr, but because he screwed the system and the taxpayer’s, he will receive around $71,000/yr. That is about $9,000/yr higher than his base salary with overtime, and $26,500 more than what his retirement would have been.
Congratulation to 1st Assistant Chief Dowd and all the OFD hero’s preceding him and all that will follow. Your ability to screw the taxpayer’s, the retirement system, and your fellow neighbors is embarrassing. Take a close look at yourself in the mirror and maybe you will understand why most people have a higher regard for used car salesmen than they do you. That cartoon you posted was absolutely correct....they are hogs.
                                                                                                                              Jan 11/15

The “heros” at it again. The ambulance caught fire. So how much
will that cost? Bet they ask for a new one. Time to dump that
service and save some money.
                                                                                                                              Jan 11/15


There's a rumor on the street that the City of Oswego Community Development Director, Mary aka "THE BABYSITTER" Vanouse is leaving this Spring. Only time will tell? If it is true, hey BABYSITTER! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!
                                                                                                                              Jan 11/15






Today's Quote, January 10/15

"The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up."
Richard M. Nixon


where is the money going
Fire dept. show me your base expense. Police dept. show me your base expense and dept. show me your base expense.Now. make bridge street from east to west look nice, and work outwords. Put sidewalks on hold and landlords are rep. to proper sidewalk maintance and have proper driveways which is not enforced, so if you cannot enforce the rules, then have the white ford crown vics stop driving around and lay them off. Landlords ,put in the proper driveways, and if a person wants to help clear the driveway, sometimes they can not, because the rocks go flying.
Get taxes in check before you worry about roads and sidewalks. Worry about where the money is being spent before you look over the things that will help the people and you know who and I mean, to make it look nice from the center going out! Get a glove and get in the right game, and that would be Oswego, ny , just in case you live somewhere .
                                                                                                                              Jan 10/15

Woman told deputies her relative killed Heidi Allen, but they didn't investigate


                                                                                                                              Jan 10/15

E-911 Cell Phone Surcharge
The County of Oswego Legislature at work.

If the reporting in this article from Oswego County Today is accurate, it is evidence that the City of Oswego doesn’t have a lock on all the political clowns around. Frank Castiglia (Fulton) and Jake Mulcahey (Oswego) seem to fit right into the circus ready category. The issue is a proposed 30-cent per month surcharge on cell phone bills to help finance the Enhanced 911 system in Oswego County. People with land lines are already paying a 35-cent per month charge for this essential service. It seems only fair that everybody who has a phone, either wired or cellular, should participate in funding the system. Contrary to the crap Frank Castiglia was trying to peddle, the surcharge is not going to break anybody’s bank. It would cost a whopping $3.60 a year per cell phone. You couldn’t even buy a postage stamp on the interest you could earn on that in a year. You have to wonder just who’s ass he was trying to blow smoke up. As for Mulcahey’s suggestion to pawn the cost off on “big business”; yeah, let’s give them another reason to close up and move south. Seems to me that this is a no-brainer and the time spent discussing it was totally wasted.

While I’m at it, this is a response for the dimwit who just recently discovered the Cayuga Community College line on his tax bill. That line has been there for at least ten years and it doesn’t benefit the taxpayers in Fulton any more (or less) than it does the taxpayers in the City of Oswego or anywhere else throughout the region. Students from either Oswego or Fulton can attend classes at the Fulton campus, or the Auburn campus, or at the BOCES campus in Mexico. When they do, the jurisdiction where they reside gets a bill. So, if Susie Q in the City of Oswego enrolls and attends classes at Cayuga Community College, the City of Oswego gets a bill. If Johnny Doe in Hannibal attends, the Town of Hannibal gets billed. The big problem is that going to college has become a source of income for many young people and the reason they go is not to learn and become more employable, but to get free money in the form of financial aid. You might be surprised how much of the financial assistance goes for other-than-educational purchases. You might also question what the fields of study prepare the students for. Next time you’re in Wal-Mart, ask the associates if they are attending or have graduated from college and what their major is/was. You may be surprised.
                                                                                                                              Jan 10/15

re: Legislators Add Their 2 Cents Regarding Proposed 30 Cent Surcharge
Who says you got to have both? Do you use both? Well, there you go.

                                                                                                                              Jan 10/15



Again this yr, same as last yr! The HAIR DRESSER is getting that snow piled up, past the STOP sign again! Is it going to take a car HITTING A YOUNG KPS CHILD, for someone to REMOVE that pile of snow? I have seen young children texting on their phone, stepping off the curb, and NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE TRAFFIC. Please can someone get that pile removed?
                                                                                                                              Jan 10/15






Today's Quote, January 9/15

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away."
Elvis Presley

                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15
That was sent in by one of our readers.

Legislators Add Their 2 Cents Regarding Proposed 30 Cent Surcharge
Right! You effing morons and the ones with landlines and cellphones will get charged double. Explain to us how that is fair.

                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15

Oswego's Fire Chief shares his winter worries and safety advice
There is a lot more room on the roads for the FIRE TRUCKS when Both sides are plowed. Let the landlords and the college students pay to rent spaces. Try to worry about the taxpayers.

                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15

Impressive Track Record
Another office manager ! That's 3 so far in 13 months. That's a very impressive track record and the owner should be quite proud of. Give er a good pat on the back m&b.

Impressed in Oz
                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrests
Lazore and cook are common names on the akwasasne Rez.


                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15

Enemy of the People Remains
What a F…..ing drag, that the most ineffective, racist, do nothing man of our time, John Boehner, gets to remain in office as Speaker still. Many of his own party wanted him out. Its amazing how things just 'work out' in Washington isn't it?
I wonder if he plans on wearing a KKK outfit in the House. All he has done, from the start, is display hatred for President Obama, nothing else. He is a disgrace to the office.
                                                                                                                              Jan 9/15


Minetto Firechief

I was reading some of the posts about this guy and wondered why there were no charges for offering a false instrument. Obviously the comptrollers were going down that path when they were asking if he actually had a company that sold firefighting equipment as indicated on the bills he presented after the fact. This guy is a lot bugger crook than anyone is telling.





Today's Quote, January 8/15

"Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love."
Charles Peguy




Good is bad and bad is good
Our former mayor praising the louse that got tens
OF millions of $$$$$$ dollars from the public trust to turn
To turn the riverside into a parking lot!!!
The same mayor that taught his kids to
Denounce the flag of this great nation!
Cuomo's man in upstate NY!
                                                                                                                              Jan 8/15

City Snow plow town of oswego
Today January 7th about noon. Plow truck again # 90 plowing Baylis street. Moving fast signs say slow. I know in the city the speed limit is about 60 I have seen it. The town does a great job of plowing out here. Hope the mail boxes hold out. Oh this is everytime it snows. Just goes around in circles. Maybe he is just trying to see what it feels like to plow a street without holes. Can't blame him for that.
As the snow flies
                                                                                                                              Jan 8/15

Only in Oswego; Re-elect Gosek Bumper Sticker
I have seen this grey truck with a yellow plow driving around the city of Oswego with a "Re-elect Gosek" sticker on his back bumper. Normally I don't pay attention to trucks with plows as there are many in the city, but add a Gosek sticker, and a couple of unkempt characters that you know are low lives, gets your attention. Anybody that would knowingly put, or leave that sticker on their truck or car, must support the molestation of children.
This ex-mayor has been a disgrace to this city, his family, and is morally bankrupt. Keep an eye on this truck and your young daughters if you see this truck in your neighborhood. Might be time to start a neighborhood pervert watch.
                                                                                                                              Jan 8/15

Oswego Mayor and Common Council
With all the criticism concerning the "Oswego Cast of Characters", who would make excellent representatives for our city? By ward, or just the "Elite Eight" including the mayor. Who are the picks for our "election draft"? Someone out there is able to do an acceptable job running the daily activities in Oz. Let's see your favorites.
                                                                                                                              Jan 8/15






Today's Quote, January 7/15

“I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.”
Carl Sandburg

cont supper
No, he is a clerk of the works, just a person who makes sure a contractor does the work according to spec. and that was not done right, because look at the great work lane cont. did on the west side, over and over again.
                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15
I think they were just practicing for when they did Kapelwitz’s driveway.

Alert-Sex Offender relocation notice
BRYAN ELLEMAN has moved from non-NYS address to 120 EAST SENECA ST, OSWEGO, NY 13126

Please access the Sex Offender Sub-directory from the Division of Criminal Justice Services website by clicking on the following link for additional details for this move. Thank you. http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/SomsSUBDirectory/offenderDetails.jsp?offenderid=38785

                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15

You are right Ed. That picture of the common council is bad. I don't think I have seen a bunch of monkeys look that bad in a long time. That is if I don't count the pictures on the people of wal-mart web page. Now I see why Oswego is in bad shape. That is one bunch I would not call to haunt a house. Not a smart one of the 7 I would guess.

I see Oswego needs smarter people on the common council

                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15

Oswego Public Library
Libraries have always been my favorite place. Whenever I visit a new city for an extended period of time, I try to seek them out. However, the Oswego Public library is so different. I find it so hard to concentrate there because there is so much loud talking, even among the library workers. I wonder if the library is overstaffed and we could save tax dollars, since so much of the time is spent talking with other staff members. I am also disappointed that they do not take make the effort to make it what a library should be. Almost every time I go there, there are 2 older men who just sit at the table by the newspapers and talk out loud to each other for long extended periods of time. It seems like whenever I go there, they are disturbing those who are trying to read, and nothing is done about it by the library staff.
                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15

How's It Feel
Well Karen, happy new year on the unemployment line ! You got what you deserved after you eliminated all us overpaid employee's in the medical field, as you said when you took charge ,from our jobs and look where you are. Who gets the last word ! You should be ashamed of the lives you crushed, for what ?
Good luck tring to find another job around here or syracuse, the word has been out on you and your dirty deeds.
Ha Ha. We get the last laugh. Hope you had a nice time on your cruise !

Fired in Oz
                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15

Thibodeau hearing in Heidi Allen kidnapping could last all week

                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15

Great Shipwrecks Traveling Exhibit at SUNY Oswego Through January 22, 2015

Oswego, NY. The first stop for the Great Shipwrecks of NY’s Great Lakes traveling exhibit is in Oswego, NY, at the Tyler Art Gallery in Penfield Hall Library at SUNY Oswego. The exhibit developed for the 2014 Great New York State Fair and updated for this installation will be on display through January 22, 2015. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, including Martin Luther Day. Admission and parking are free. The public is welcome.

Exhibit components include interpretive panels highlighting shipwrecks in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River; videos; and a newly-built replica of the ‘turtle ship’ Radeau that sunk in Lake Champlain.

Freshwater science technology including a remotely-operated underwater vehicle and a Great Lakes Research Consortium in-water sensing buoy; water recreation equipment; and national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information on slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species are also part of the exhibit.

‘This Great Shipwrecks exhibit offers students and the greater community a distinctive learning experience focused on New York’s unique maritime history,’ says SUNY Oswego Provost Dr. Lorrie Clemo, who serves as Vice-Chair of the New York Sea Grant Board of Governors.

‘Capturing the fascinating maritime heritage of New York State in this exhibit is proving to be a great way to encourage interest in education, underwater science innovation, and waterfront tourism as an economic engine for our coastal communities,’ says exhibit coordinator Dave White, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist and associate director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium.

Sponsors of the Great Shipwrecks at the Tyler Art Gallery exhibit are SUNY Oswego, the Great Lakes Research Consortium, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, and New York Sea Grant.

New York Sea Grant coordinated the exhibit development in partnership with the Great New York State Fair, Great Lakes Research Consortium, and Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, H. Lee White Marine Museum, National Aquatics Services, Mexico Cub Scouts and others participated in the State Fair exhibit. Federal funding for The Great Shipwrecks exhibit was secured through a Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway grant.

Tyler Art Gallery, a teaching gallery regularly used by art classes and a training base for the museum studies program students, is open to the public on the second floor of Penfield Hall. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org/shipwreck

                                                                                                                              Jan 7/15






Today's Quote, January 6/15

“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.”
Konrad Adenauer

I just looked at the Oswego web site. The first thing I saw was a picture of the mayor. The only question I have about the picture where are the strings at? He looks so much like a clown or puppet he is the mayor right. Not sure to look at him.

Long gone from Oswego but still fun to read about all the crazy people that run the city.

Keep up the good work Ed.

I see it all and tell it like it is.
                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15

If you really want to see something scary look at the page with the picture of the common council on it.

They are still "Smoking" in State Vehicles Mary

Have seen them !
                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15

Slacker Heroes
I see on the heroes Face Book page they are wanting grandma to get out there and shovel out their hydrants for them. Maybe Smegelsky stole all the shovels and sold them to the Minetto F D.
                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15

                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15

Oswego County man dies four months after state pays him $7.5 million for wrongful conviction


                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15

Two Oswego County women charged with welfare fraud after failing to report incomes, police say


                                                                                                                              Jan 6/15





Today's Quote, January 5/15

“When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community

is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.”
Everett Dirksen

RE: City Construction Supervisor
I thought that is what Sparky McGrath was supposed to be doing.
                                                                                                                              Jan 5/15

Like so many other slugs on the public teat, what he is paid to do and what he actually does

are a world apart.

City of Oswego » Parking In Green Space
This is never enforced. Take a walk and you see many cars parked in green space.

                                                                                                                              Jan 5/15

Goodbye greenes
K.greene and s.greene need to leave ontario st. I want to know who their sleeping with at city hall to get away with all the herrasment coming from those two.
                                                                                                                              Jan 5/15





Today's Quote, December 20/14

“Thieves respect property.

They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”

 G. K. Chesterton






Joseph Smegelsky


Audit of Minetto fire chief charged with misusing $22K in funds for guns, motorcycle parts completed
"This individual had keys to the cash register and went on a spending spree with the fire company's money," DiNapoli said in a statement.


                                                                                                                    Dec 20/14


They learn to be thieves and liars in Ozwego then they go out into the towns and ply their trade.



How are Syracuse Fire Department response times now that Station 7 is gone?
In the 18 months since city officials closed Fire Station No. 7 on East Fayette Street and cut the number of firefighters on each shift, the fire department has not lost a step, Fire Chief Paul Linnertz said Wednesday to members of the city council.

"residents of the city of Syracuse continue to receive excellent fire protection and first responder EMS care, in a timely manner.''

"There has not been a negative impact,'' Linnertz said.

To compensate for cuts in staffing and apparatus, the department has stopped responding to non-life threatening medical calls. That cuts the overall number of calls and helps firefighters maintain prompt response times for fires and serious medical emergencies, Linnertz said.

He told councilors that he is confident the fire department will maintain its elite ISO Class 1 rating from the insurance industry. "It's very manageable for us,'' he said.



                                                                                                                      Dec 20/14

Criminal Family Enterprise?
RE: ??
How much of the gold and silver jewelry (and other metals), that are purchased from anyone off the street (with no ID required) and sometimes cut up right in front of you, is stolen? Mmm?
Kind of hard to trace when it's cut into little pieces with the stones removed. if you're going to sell your gold jewelry remember TO REMOVE THE STONES Because they actually subtract an arbitrary amount from the gold weight to compensate for the stones that YOU'RE PAYING THEM TO STEAL! The overpriced stuff in the cases WITH THE 500-1000% MARK-UP OVER COST is the stuff that's,as far as they know,not stolen.It's also where the cops look for stolen items (joke) if only the police had time to piece all those little chunks back together before they hit the smelter.

                                                                                                                    Dec 20/14

At first I thought you were going to write about the Wahrendorks but it appears you are talking about another of one of Oz’s crime families.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas SUCO! Another year filled with supervisors gone stupid. Ho Ho Ho Ho that's right? Trades to pass probation aye monkey boy? DWI's all over, watch for those tricky road blocks. Please grounds try and stay sober enough to plow. Threats to keep quiet, deals to move. Congrats to AJ suck ass of the year!
                                                                                                                    Dec 20/14







Today's Quote, December 19/14

"I always say beauty is only sin deep."
H. H. Munro

Tony Pauldine will pay the city when John, I mean Jack, Gosek pays the money he owes.
                                                                                                                    Dec 19/14

Oh Tony Bologna has paid the city back in so many other ways, especially with all the “up scaled” businesses he has started or brought to Oz. Even now he is hard at work on a Syracuse Ave converting a derelict building into what unconfirmed sources say will be the first gay whore house in Oz. The highlight supposedly will be its 18-21 year-old, wink, boys.

Fracking ban bad for Upstate New York economy, business and energy groups say


                                                                                                                      Dec 19/14

New York State Is Just As Screwed Up As Ever
The price of oil and gas have dropped so low it is becoming or may already have become too expensive to continue fracking anywhere in the country. Of course there are some adjectives and conditions, which come with this ground breaking, excuse the pun, decision. The ban is on “deep fracking”, which I take as an OK for “shallow” fracking. This is just political window dressing until they come up with a study, which justifies the inevitable. I am surprised Cuomo did not ban gold and diamond mining while he was at it.

To offset this blow to the potential economic bust we are going to get three more casinos. Casinos are closing in Atlantic City and the TV commercials are begging us to come to Las Vegas. The Great Recession brought an end to the heyday of the casinos but New York is going to solve its problems by building more of them and I thought Ozwego had the monopoly on stupid. Baby Boomers are hanging on to their money and Melinneals are establishing new spending trends, which do not include gambling, housing or even designer jeans. With four more years of Cuomo to look forward to somehow I can not get excited about the future of New York State.

what happened?
What happened to America? One threat and it turned tail and ran!! A movie someone didn’t like
scared people to shut it down. This is not America this is a bunch of COWARDS!!! Not even the govt.
had the balls to say ignore it, run the film! I hope this gets someone mad as I am. I t is time we took our country back.
                                                                                                                    Dec 19/14

Exactly! I have not been to a movie since “The Unforgiven” but I was going to see this one just because I will not be dictated to by some crazy commie who belongs in an institution for the criminally insane. These people shoot down civilian airliners, kidnap civilians and attack South Korean cities at will. Now they are attacking the US over the Internet. It is long past the time for peaceful resolution of the North Korean problem. I say shoot down everything they launch, cut off their aid and starve them out of existence. It is winter in North Korea! Let them eat snow!

The Citizen Militia and Natural Law
The Second Amendment to the US Constitution establishes a citizen militia that is described as being necessary for the security of all citizens. The authority for this amendment is derived from natural law, specifically the right to liberty that is clearly expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
Liberty is defined as: Liberty is the freedom to act without restraint, without impeding the equal freedom of others. The founders saw liberty as one of the natural rights of man.
According to natural rights theory, as described by philosophers such as John Locke, everyone is born with an equality of certain rights, regardless of their nationality. Since they come from nature or from God, natural rights cannot be justly taken away without consent. As the Declaration of Independence asserts, natural (or “inalienable”) rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Other natural rights are protected in the Bill of Rights, including freedom of speech, religion, and press.
Anticipating that personal liberty would face impediments from one or more persons acting either criminally, irresponsibly, imperialistically or irrationally, the founders designed the Second Amendment allowing citizen to resist proportionally, up to and including lethal force with effective arms.
The founders declared the natural right of liberty to be inalienable and the corollary right to a citizen militia as not to be infringed. That is the doctrine of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the New York State Constitution.
Those whose actions impede the liberty of others are subject to judicial remedy including suspension of liberty according to the sentence of a court of law. The Fifth Amendment say that you cannot be deprived of liberty without due process of law in the justice system. You can only be convicted and deprived of liberty as an individual. You cannot be deprived as part of a group or class. Regarding arms - You cannot be deprived of property, denied access to property or refused the designed use of property having a value over twenty dollars without a trial except for temporary suspensions by court order.
As an inalienable right the Second Amendment cannot be surrendered to the government to become a privilege of law. The Second Amendment right is a natural privilege and immunity. It cannot be infringed by any level of government in such a way as to alter the fundamental intent and application of the right.
The natural rights are declared inalienable so that no government can claim that agents representing the people at any time have surrendered those rights to that or any other government or citizenry.
Unalienable; that cannot be legally or justly alienated or transferred to another. The dominions of a king are inalienable All men have certain natural rights which are inalienable
1. To transfer title, property or right to another; as, to alienate lands, or sovereignty.
1. To break, as contracts; to violate, either positively by contravention, or negatively by non-fulfillment or neglect of performance. A prince or a private person infringes an agreement or covenant by neglecting to perform its conditions, as well as by doing what is stipulated not to be done.
2. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law.
1. Freedom or exemption from obligation. To be exempted from observing the rites or duties of the church, is an immunity
2. Exemption from any charge, duty, office, tax or imposition; a particular privilege; as the immunities of the free cities of Germany; the immunities of the clergy.

The Jury
U'RY, noun [Latin juro, to swear.] A number of freeholders, selected in the manner prescribed by law, empaneled and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of fact, and to declare the truth on the evidence given them in the case. Grand juries consist usually of twenty four freeholders at least, and are summoned to try matters alleged in indictments. Petty juries, consisting usually of twelve men, attend courts to try matters of fact in civil causes, and to decide both the law and the fact in criminal prosecutions. The decision of a petty jury is called a verdict.

There are four amendments in the Bill of Rights that deal with juries. In the next few postings I will cover what the founders intended and expected from the jury. What I have learned really surprised me as I assume it will you also.
Your homework assignment will be to look up what was known as the Star Chamber.
                                                                                                                    Dec 19/14



Sewage Treatment Generator
Backup generators should be started and tested once a month. This test would be something like ten or fifteen minutes running time. If the generator was only needed for ten emergency hours per year then the total hours on the unit would be not more than 572. Most likely it needs replacement because it has not been properly maintained.

                                                                                                                      Dec 19/14






Today's Quote, December 18/14

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'."
John Greenleaf Whittier

Brewing Equipment
The Buckhout Brewing Co. had an extensive brewing system in place when Tony Bolgna stole it from the city. Was Tony was given approval by Community Development Director Mary Vanhouse to dismantle it and sell it? The equipment should have been considered fixtures to the building. Let's hope Tony paid his bills to the city with these earnings, when he ran into hot water a few years back and didn't pocket it. Plus, we don't even know if community development had anything to do with the purchasing of the equipment. Business as usual with the city's ailing community development office. The building still sits nearly abandoned at the heart of our downtown as Tony is off tending to new projects and getting more funding from Mary V.
                                                                                                                    Dec 18/14

Fulton Budget Passes With 800-Pound Gorilla

                                                                                                                      Dec 18/14

The population of the City of Oswego is 55.66 % grater than the City of Fulton however the budget for Oswego is 176% greater that that of the Fulton. What is wrong here? In Fulton the mayor has leadership. In Oswego the mayor has losership.

Can't we be frugal..when times are tough?
I just read this as a part of an article written at Oswego Ct weeklies::

Oswego Council Sails Through Agenda
The 44-year-old Cummins Standby Generator at the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant has failed and is no longer economically repairable.
The council authorized the plant superintendent to rent a temporary standby generator for $4,200 a month with a startup fee for connection and delivery of $1,300. The costs shall be charged to the Contracted Services Account.
and then this at:

1974 ONAN 250 DYB-17R/16335D Diesel Generator
Diesel generator in working condition. Hours-789.7, as of 12/10/14- still in service. 277/480 Volt 312 KVA 376 AMPS 3 Phase 250 KW. Generator will be pulled January 3rd,2015 at 8am and can be placed on winning bidders truck at that time if winning bidder can not pick up at this time generator will be moved to a local yard and lifting the generator will be the responsibility of the winning bidder.

.Thinking in these difficult economic times that some times "used" has to do....at $4200 a month for rental this 790 hour generator sitting in Syracuse could probably be bought for $4200 or less and adequately serve as a standbye in Oswego saving $4200 per month till the new one is bought..or for that matter permanently serve as a stand bye for the next several years. If this were my responsibility and money counted..I'd look into this.. But then, that would be conscientious evocative thinking ....as someone once said "those are only zeroes" as $4200 becomes $420,000.
Knows the Powers that be in the City are familiar with the auction site as Oswego City "treasures" are often listed for sale here.
Concerned Taxpayer
                                                                                                                    Dec 18/14


How many hours are on the standby generator?

Last I knew the city still had this portable generator, which was bought to power up the beer tent at harbor mess. I am wondering why they can not use it.



'The Simpsons' still a popular course at SUNY Oswego, other colleges

                                                                                                                    Dec 18/14

Re: Buchout Brewery & Colemans
I sat at the traffic light on West Bridge and First and watched Tony Pauldine pulling out the tanks and equipment for making beer at the Buchout Brewery, it was in there when he bought it. My brother who has a friend in the same business in Colorado and he told me this size brewing system does not depreciate much at all. He said: "even used it was worth $50,000 on the low end up to $150,000 on the high end". Who got the money on the sale of this equipment? I saw Tony Pauldine with his employees carrying it out. If the city was selling it, I would have thought professional plumbers would be removing it? As far as Coleman's kitchen equipment, news hit the street pretty fast he had swapped out the new kitchen to his Syracuse location. If Vanhouse was doing her job, she should have an inventory list and serial numbers etc, I wouldn't think it's too late to get to the bottom of this.
                                                                                                                    Dec 18/14






Today's Quote, December 17/14

"Never doubt, that for good or evil, a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."
Elliston Howard

Of course there has to be a fire stairwell and should be sprinkled. Remember that young girl lost her life (von holtz) why would there be a place that is using ovens on first floor ,when you have living spaces on the above floors, and without that building sprinkled, from every floor. I would not have a eatery below living spaces without it being sprinkeled and the kitchen has fireprotection. I wonder if colemans went by the codes or not. After all , as I here it, all the new kitchen equip. went to Syracuse and the old went to Oswego. Who was the inspector in charge of the city monies when this deal was going on. Who was signing the tickets for the new equip. and the old and the deliv. Charges and time. After all this would be under fed. and state monies and would be looking at time in the fed. prison. And this Irishmen gets away with stealing and fails a health inspection in his kitchen and says that quality is the first thing on the mind? What a jerkoff and I will be glad to call him out on this. Look at health inspections in his county, and he talks the family and caring place to work and eat and it is dirty, what a phony!
                                                                                                                    Dec 17/14

A similar deal happened with the Buchout? Brewery. When Community Development got it back after the bankruptcy a lot of the brewing paraphernalia was missing or never bought in the first place.

Who is running for mayor?
You forgot Jim Bell...........which is a joke in itself!!!!

The rumor of the moment says the Republicans/Slumlords age going to run Barlow for mayor and Bell for alderman. Gilligan is under the impression he is going to be endorsed by the Democrats again.

Oswego County restaurant inspections are now posted online

Eating out in Oswego is like playing Russian Roulette with only one chamber empty.

6 prostitution related arrests in Watertown
Will the next bust be in Oz?



                                                                                                                      Dec 17/14

Do not hold your breath.






Today's Quote, December 16/14

“If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.”
Jean Paul Getty

You have to have the holes supported before you can shingle or more infills before you can put on a tarp. And how often is anyone going to pay to go up, inspect, repair, really? And as it was said to turn into appts. And by the size of it all, I see three appts. On 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor. Must have lobby on first and maybe a elevator? Is this all worth this over six rooms. And you can only get insurance for prop. And what building is worth, not due to neglect. And the only one who is in ownership, is the city, so how can someone pay or want to pay for insurance, on something they do not own. It will not pay for replacement due to neglect.
                                                                                                                    Dec 16/14

To occupy the third I believe you would have to have a minimum second enclosed stairs and sprinkler system. Of course they could just blow off the codes like the many illegal appts. over stores downtown.

Certified personal trainers
Determining whether your trainer has the education he needs can be difficult. There are nearly 300 different certifications available, all identified by a confusing jumble of acronyms that sound similar. Wouldn't you be impressed by a degree from American Fitness Professionals & Associates? Turns out, it comes from a P.O. box in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, and can be had for $315.

Through its online certification process, American Fitness Professionals & Associates claims to have produced "over 57,000 Certified Personal Trainers & Fitness Professionals worldwide." That's not surprising, since the only requirements are 18 years on the planet, a GED, and "basic familiarity" with anatomy and resistance-training equipment. You don't need to know CPR, but you do have to score 90 percent on their test. If you fail, no worries: They'll mail you the questions you answered wrong and give you 2 weeks to get them right.
ExpertRating.com makes it even easier: "All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Personal Trainer certification for $49.99," its Web site states. ExpertRating will then send you its personal-trainer courseware and give you an online certification exam. Get half the questions right and you're in. Test takers can also take the exam online with there study materials in front of them and cheat the test. Is that who want training you? Don't be afraid to ask if they are certified by an actual college worth transferable credits. If not stay away you probably will get bad advice and or injured. Just tired of seeing people get scammed with bogus certificate bought online!!

Not surprisingly, neither American Fitness Professionals & Associates nor ExpertRating responded to my inquiries.
                                                                                                                    Dec 16/14







Will some one in city hall or the hero department have this dangerous building taken down or are they just waiting for it to fall?


The city was suppose to put a tarp over the roof of the former Colemans/Cahill building they didn't, or did the guy who wanted it so bad and control of it.

Now besides the South wall having shifted.

The roof is gone! So no saving the building now it has to be torn down...



Today's Quote, December 15/14

“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”
John Paul Jones

Re: I Can't breath...
The issue being protested is whether excessive force was used in the arrest. If Mr. Gardner was resisting arrest then that is a different crime from selling loose cigarets which should have resulted in an appearance ticket. What kind of person or what previous crimes he committed are irrelevant and not germane to the arrest. If it was an arrest for rape, murder, kidnapping, etc. then deadly force by the police is allowed. If the person uses a “calculated” force against the person of the arresting officers then a proportional force is allowed. Normal reactions to grabbing by the officer are not considered “calculated”.
The officers may not by designed or undesigned intent create by their actions a response in the person being arrested an attitude of imminent physical force in resisting arrest that requires the use of physical force by the officers. Responding to reasonable fear created by the unprofessional actions of the arresting officers is not criminal. Normal fear of arrest does not justify resisting that arrest regardless of weather you believe the arrest to be justified.
Just addressing the video, it is not shown that Mr. Gardner made a calculated use of force against any of the officers. But we only have the video.
It does not appear to be reasonable that what should have been an appearance ticket resulted in a death. Without more than the video it is unreasonable to make a “justifiable” call as to resisting arrest or excessive use of force. We do not know if there were witnesses other than the arresting officers. We do not know the community influences upon other witnesses that may have affected their testimony. This needs to be investigated by federal authorities.

Having said that I must say that the protests with violence are improper and ineffective. Some even criminal. The process for dealing with the issue is clearly identified by examining American History. The correct process is to formally call the community together and form a committee that can investigate and write reports that lead to a formal presentment agreed upon by the community. That presentment is then published. It is then an issue that can be taken up by the Grand Jury if criminality is involved or brought to the floor of the immediate legislative body for consideration. If I understand recent news reports correctly, some people are trying to skip a step and create their own grand jury. That is not the process. The responsible action is to congress not protest in the streets.

New York State Law
35.30 Justification; use of physical force in making an arrest or in preventing an escape.
1. A police officer or a peace officer, in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest, or of preventing or attempting to prevent the escape from custody, of a person whom he or she reasonably believes to have committed an offense, may use physical force when and to the extent he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to effect the arrest, or to prevent the escape from custody, or in self-defense or to defend a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force; except that deadly physical force may be used for such purposes only when he or she reasonably believes that:....

The key intent of this part of the law which reads: “he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to effect the arrest” is that there has to be reasonableness as to the need to immediately arrest and to just how much force is really justified in the specific situation.

ARREST', verb transitive
1. To obstruct; to stop; to check or hinder motion; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
2. To take, seize or apprehend by virtue of a warrant from authority; as, to arrest one for debt or for a crime.
3. To seize and fix; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.

ARREST', noun
1. The taking or apprehending of a person by virtue of a warrant from authority. An arrest is made by seizing or touching the body.
2. Any seizure, or taking by power, physical or moral.
3. A stop, hindrance or restraint.

There are two types of arrest. A peace officer or a police officer may physically arrest someone without a warrant as a matter of public safety. If in the course of confronting someone they witnessed or suspect having committed an offense, that person threatens harm to themselves or someone else then physical force is justified. Otherwise they must secure an arrest warrant before any physical seizure of the person can take place.
It is the same for a citizen arrest. A citizen may effect a “warrant” arrest when acting on an official “wanted” poster.
                                                                                                                    Dec 15/14

"I Can't Breathe" ----Life in Oz
Location, location location. Mr. Gardner should have sold his loosies in Oz. Done all the time in Oz and no one does a thing.
                                                                                                                    Dec 15/14

I cant breathe/hands up - reply
Finally an intelligent look. Now if the media would only look at it that way. I am so sick of them STILL referring to mike brown as the "unarmed man murdered by police"!!! There is NO doubt he should not have been killed...but, his actions & his attitude toward the law are what killed him. He was a criminal THUG & it's sickening that the media won't report the truth! It would be refreshing to see the black community respond with outrage and protests toward the black on black killings and gang violence that are defining their neighborhoods and race on a daily basis. That's a cause I would get behind!
                                                                                                                    Dec 15/14

So who's running for Oswego Mayor ?
Who will be throwing their hat in the ring?


Sweet,Todd,Tressider,VanBuren,Vanouse,Walker L,Walker S,White
                                                                                                                    Dec 15/14

Felons owning guns
73. Act of June 30, 1938 (52 Stat. 1251). Federal Firearms Act, §2(f), establishing a presumption of guilt
based on a prior conviction and present possession of a firearm, held to violate the test of due process under the Fifth Amendment.
Tot v. United States, 319 U.S. 463 (1943). Concurring: Roberts, Reed, Frankfurter, Jackson, Rutledge, Stone, C.J. Concurring specially: Black, Douglas.
FEL'ONY, noun [See Felon.] In common law, any crime which incurs the forfeiture of lands or goods. Treason was formerly comprised under the name of felony but is now distinguished from crimes thus denominated, although it is really a felony All offenses punishable with death are felonies; and so are some crimes not thus punished, as suicide, homicide by chance-medley, or in self-defense, and petty larceny. Capital punishment therefore does not necessarily enter into the true idea or definition of felony; the true criterion of felony being forfeiture of lands or goods. But the idea of felony has been so generally connected with that of capital punishment, that law and usage now confirm that connection. Thus if a statute makes any new offense a felony it is understood to mean a crime punishable with death.
                                                                                                                    Dec 15/14





Today's Quote, December 14/14

“Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.”
Heinrich Heine



"River View"

Video progression of an oil painting


Expand the video to "full Page " viewing.


                                                                                                                    Dec 14/14

I Can't Breathe and My Hands Are Up ..... Hype
The hype that has come with "I Can't Breathe" and "My Hands are Up" has shown just how gullible people can be. Am I sorry that Mr. Brown and Mr. Gardener lost their lives, yes, but they both put themselves in harms way.
Mr. Brown was a very large man that was a bully, robbed a connivance store and pushed the clerk aside like a rag doll, then, proceeded with attitude, to walk down the middle of the street blocking traffic like the thug he was. The police were called and he resisted arrest, the end result, he was killed. Regardless if it was justified or not, HE, put himself in that situation, and had he not set himself up by breaking the law, he would be alive today. The fact is, rather is was a very large aggressive black, white, tan, or red man, the result would have been the same.
Mr. Garderner was selling stolen loose cigarettes out of the back of his car, did not pay the taxes on them, had previous arrest record, and he resisted arrest. He was told he was under arrest and it took four police officers to take the 400 pound man down. He was breaking the law, the police were called in, and he would be alive today if he did what the police told him to do and go in peacefully.
I am not supporting the police, but both of these incidents were the results of people breaking the law, having the police called in, and being aggressive with major attitude toward the police. They should have not resisted and they would both be alive today and could have fought it out in the courts.
To have die ins, and hype how these two up-standing citizens were killed because they put themselves in these situations and then became the aggressors seems to be missing the point. It doesn't make any difference what your color is, if you follow the law, don't expose yourself to these types of situations, and are taught to respect the law, you will not be killed or injured by the police.
Lets face the facts, there are hundreds of thousands of people in jails across the country and I am sure they will all tell you they are innocent and they don't deserve to be there. Most of them would never had been put in jail if they didn't break the law. Maybe there should be demonstrations on how be lawful and not aggressive thugs.
                                                                                                                    Dec 14/14







Today's Quote, December 13/14

"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."
Og Mandino

Does anyone know what happened to that baby who was left outside the hospital 15-20 years? Did it find a loving home? Was it adopted and was never put into a foster home? It seems the papers were full of interest and then, nothing. I do hope it found a loving, happy home.
                                                                                                                    Dec 13/14

Dear DPW….
Most of the time you do a wonderful job in keeping our streets cleared during and after a snow storm. Unfortunately during this past storm one of your plows came flying up our street at a high rate of speed almost causing an accident at an intersection. Please slow down. We live within a block of a school and since most of the sidewalks have not been cleared there are kids walking in the road. Also residents please clear your sidewalks!
                                                                                                                    Dec 13/14

parking- got to ask
If a person owns a ,lets say, a three story building, and rents out the 2nd and the 3rd floor for people living. And let us guess that both people drive, per appt. times two. That means that you have four people. Now on the first, you have a business, and at least you have the owner and a employee, That is six cars, where do the customers park? Lets time this times twelve. Why would we want to have housing in the middle of the city when parking is not available? This does not help the business owners in the city of Oswego with there customers and there employee’s to park there cars and trucks. Think about this ,it is easy to buy a house or building with out parking and have these people tell there tenant where or where not to park. And to see a certain person to get, if they can ,a parking permit, and still go by the parking ban. At this moment, we are not being very friendly to the businesses or the school kids that have to walk on the sidewalk or the people walking there dogs ,when the side walks are not cleared, either owned by private people or landlords but lets not make a judgement when someone is of older age or cannot do the shoveling . if landlords can buy the land, then make sure that they maintain all year year round.
                                                                                                                    Dec 13/14

Finally some beautiful new, easy to read, lighted signs popping up all over the campus. Now the roads need some attention. They seem to be pitched a little too much making the signs look like their tilted...or, it's part of their new motto - SUNY Oswego, "leaning" toward a "brighter" future. Love the symbolism. Good job!
                                                                                                                    Dec 13/14

Cicero man admits he was the mystery mailer who sent 21 fake anthrax letters over 15 years


                                                                                                                      Dec 13/14

For seventeen years they tracked this guy. Gosek squealed on his buddies in 2005 so they most likely have been collecting evidence and making cases on some of Ozwego’s solid citizens for about nine and one half years now.

New Sign on 104 West Entrance: Who the Hell Designed that Wavy Looking Thing ???
FD&C/Plant Manager Mitch F. & Mary D. ??
Bad, Bad, Bad Mitch & Mary !!!
                                                                                                                    Dec 13/14





Today's Quote, December 12/14

“When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Oswego’s Alternate-Side Winter Parking Restriction Starts Tuesday
REAL BIG DEAL?? Streets looked wonderful Cars Parked on odd side of street, owners come out shovel their cars out,then park on even side. Restricted room for driving. City officials better get their Eyes and Brains out of their A&&. BRING Dick Bateman back.


                                                                                                                      Dec 12/14



Jim Kenyon will be missed.

Lets hope O'brien at the post Standard takes up the slack.
                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

Butler Rolloff Truck
Here's a picture of a roll off truck from Butler Disposal we followed in this morning. The driver took down wires and tree limbs on East 10th street around 8am on 12/11/14. Fire Department was called for the downed wires. I wonder...will Butler be paying for the overtime incurred by the city for this? How about the wires that were downed. Will National Grid, Time Warner or Verizon be sending Butler a bill for these repairs? The driver was driving too fast for the road conditions and almost slid through the intersection of East 1st and Bridge and he was on his cell phone!

                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

Dear Mr. Mayor,
Odd, even parking does not work in Oswego. If you don't agree get up early some morning after an overnight snow event and find your way to just about and side street in Oswego, especially the ones with student housing. The city plows that work over night are relegated to navigate around parked cars, leaving piles of snow in the road and stranded cars up and down many of the streets. Trying to drive on these streets it comes down to a single lane. Then when the cars are finely dug out all the snow from that deed goes into the street. So instead of having the streets plowed half ass and twice or three times, get rid of odd, even parking and go back to what worked for years. No parking on the streets, in the Winter from 1:00 AM until 6:00 or 7:00 AM. Seems to me it would not only provide better service to the citizens of Oswego, save money, create less wear on the equipment and eliminate redundancy in the job.

Mr. Mayor be a leader, stop pandering to the landlords of this city and issue an executive order in regard to over night parking.

Return to a time when the DPW could do their job.
                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

You are asking a lot of this mayor. Like the bum before him he has not a clue what leadership is. Not only is odd-even a farce but if the plow goes down the street the wrong way before midnight and comes back through after the cars have been moved all the snow ends up on one side of the street. The DPW has been plowing the streets without any major problems since forever. Then along comes this dip-sh!t AT&T reject and he thinks he has a better way. Its no wonder they canned him.

Last night I said he sees providing jobs as a function of government but I forgot he also feels it is the city’s responsibility to provide student parking.


A lot of people think the reference to Oswego as OZ started on this site. Not entirely correct, those little Long Island ducks out at the abnormal school have been calling it Oz for at least twenty years.

Oswego County Judicial System
On Jan 1, 2015, Mr. James Eby, 65, will take his oath to become the newest member of the Oswego County Crooked Judicial System in Family Court, and in 5 years, we will have to elect another person for that position.
Tom Benedetto will be the chosen one for that position in 2019, after he prostituted himself by agreeing or being threatened by the loss of his court appointed job, to drop out of the race. He then declined the Conservative line so he would not be on the ballot, and the conservatives could substitute Eby for that line, but he had to run for Supreme Court in the 11th District, Queens County (Manhattan) to get his name off the Oswego County Ballot. That took some yank with the NYC Conservatives to allow that to happen. Benedetto was able to muster 1.6% of the total vote. Nice showing. All that for a promise from a bunch of corrupt thugs that you might be the chosen one.
This is how the Republicans operate in the Oswego County Judicial system, and the corruption starts at the committee level (Baby Bacus), through the supreme court judges right up to Torremy. Eby was their boy, and Benedetto, if he stayed in the race would have split the Republican and Conservative lines (Benedetto almost won the rep. Primary and did win the conservative primary) which would have given Coleman a good chance of winning, the only one in the Family Court Race that had the credentials and temperament for the job. Lou Ann, the cards were stacked against you.
So, the saga of crooked judicial politics and crooked judges in Oswego County continues, and the courts will always rule in favor of the people that have connections, and the poor slobs will get the $hitty end of the stick.
Hell of a system we have, and is it any wonder how they manipulated the Hedi Allen case.
                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

Five years from now there will be another republican lawyer, with more pull, who wants to retire on the public teat and they will stick it right in Benedetto,s a$$ and no one will feel sorry for him because he had his chance but no balls.

NY cop cashed $346,000 in pension checks for 28 years after his death

                                                                                                                      Dec 12/14

have to ask
I may be wrong but I have to ask. You cannot have a active teacher on the board of education, but you have a active county employee living in the city, and a rep. of the city of Oswego, and when does this not come into conflict between the city and the county when monies , wage, and benefits and the unions are involved. Which means ,how can a person working for either, make monies thought if the two have to come into thought . conflict of interest. Think about this, this would be like a doctor also on the medical insurance board. But some people have the gift and can keep things separated between the two!
                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

How about Hank the Crank for #3?
                                                                                                                    Dec 12/14

Babcock will probably go out in a fiery crash taking some poor family in another car with him. Then Alexander and Catalano can sue the doctor who should have stopped him from driving years ago.

Syracuse police raised concerns about priest 30 years before child-molesting accusations surfaced

                                                                                                                      Dec 12/14

The Power and Authority of the Citizen
Within the principle of the civic responsibility of the citizen militia there are three additional citizen responsibilities that should be considered. The three are:
· Committees of Safety
· Posse Comitatus
· Citizen Arrest
· Grand Jury

Committees of Safety
The use of the committee of safety was critical to the American Revolution. It had its origins in Europe.
The committees were essentially the formal authority for actions to be taken by the civilian militia in establishing a constitutional republic. It allowed the community to present a systematic and orderly formulation of the necessity of action and by popular election established the lawful authority for those actions.
Recognizing the popular concern for government maladministration the necessity and practicality of the committee of safety is certainly worthy of consideration in America today. The key is doing everything correctly and for the right purpose.
Suggestions on how to precede:
· Have righteous intent.
· Study the history thoroughly.
· Keep nothing secret.
· Examine the recent failures and flaws of committees in Texas.
· Have rules and follow them. Do not box yourself in by poorly crafted rules. This takes months of dedicated effort.
· Do not be singleminded.
· Do not threaten or intimidate.
· The whole community must have the opportunity to vote.
· Create a network of committees with good coordination and communication.
· Organize and train the local civilian militia so that it is responsive, capable and effective.
· Keep minutes and records.
· Expect to be monitored and infiltrated.

To better understand the Committee of Safety you can read The Provincial Committees of Safety of the American Revolution by Agnes Hunt PhD, Wells College, 1904. It is available online.
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Today's Quote, December 11/14

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”

 Emily Dickinson



One more for the road, Jim Kenyon retires


                                                                                                                      Dec 11/14



Fulton Mayor Proposes Jobs Downsized For Zero Percent Tax Increase


                                                                                                                       Dec 11/14


Fulton has a real mayor who sees government as a provider of services, while in Ozwego Mayor Gilligan sees government as an employer. Since both Gilligan’s daughter and son-in-law will be out of a job come January I suppose we can expect there will be some new positions opening up in City Hall.




I haven’t laughed that hard in years.

Keep them coming and how about Leotta for #3.

                                                                                                                       Dec 11/14

When I got done shoveling about 6 PM I thought I might be #3. Be careful out there people it is heavy, wet and slippery. Don't worry about that shoveling ordinance. Do it when you can get to it. Or not!



Gosek must have had 75K in legal fees.

Someone should be asking where that money came from.

                                                                                                                       Dec 11/14

There were probably several people paying him to keep his mouth shut.



Upstate NY Boating Group Receives Marine Industry Award
Cicero, NY: December 10, 2014   The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has named the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York/BIA as the 2014 Bill Ferguson Award winner for outstanding service by a marine trades association to its members and to the boating industry. BIA Executive Director Barb Caster received the award on behalf of the 80-plus member association at the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, in November.
BIA serves members located throughout New York State, primarily in the Central NY, 1000 Islands, Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake regions.
‘The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York is tremendous in terms of the service it provides to its members. The group is active in state-level politics, puts on an impressive boat show each year, works tirelessly to promote and advocate for safe boating, and goes above and beyond to support member education,’ said Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Vice President Liz Walz.
The BIA, headquartered in Cicero, NY, works with diverse federal, state, industry and public partners to encourage boating throughout the upstate region of New York and to keep the public current on safety issues, marine laws and regulations, and sound boating practices for all ages.
The association organizes an annual February event that is one of the largest boat shows in the state. The Central New York Boat Show fills more than 250,000 square feet with boats, information exhibits and boating safety and educational activities at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

BIA is active at the state level, with several members serving on the Empire State Marine Trades Association board of directors and participating in boating advocacy efforts in the state capital.
BIA provides a breadth of professional development opportunities, including sponsoring members to attend the annual Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, hosting a Marine Retail University, and partnering with New York Sea Grant to offer member training.
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recognized the Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign, developed in 2008 in partnership with New York Sea Grant, as one of the crowning achievements of the BIA. Each year, a different type of vessel serves as the Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel, travelling the state to boat shows, waterfront events, Empire Farm Days, and, in 2014, to the New York State Fair. The vessels are equipped with all the required and recommended gear for clean, safe and lawful boating. To date, the campaign has educated more than half a million boaters about how to be legal, safe and environmentally friendly on NY waters.
The Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign has spun off additional public education outreach, including a Discover Better Boating series of short information segments with marina operators, boat dealers and other boating industry professionals that airs monthly May through October on Time Warner Cable News, reaching more than half-a-million viewers annually.
In-water demonstrations sponsored by BIA and offered by New York Sea Grant and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary educate the public on how to select the proper life jacket for all ages and the family dog, and have included canoe and kayak safety information.
A new-in-2014 Discover Better Boating Tips service provides BIA members with a monthly quick tip on safety practices, seasonal reminders, and new products to post to websites, Facebook and other social media tools.
BIA activities have been featured on the I Love New York Beat website and in such national publications as Marina Dock Age magazine, Great Lakes Fisherman, Waterways Ontario/Canada, and Boating Industry magazine.
‘These are just a few of the myriad ways the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York provides outstanding value to its members and helps bolster the marine industry overall,’ Walz notes.

Recent past recipients of the MRAA Bill Ferguson Award include The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, Boating Trades Association of Metro Houston, and National Marine Trades Council.  For more information on MRAA, visit MRAA.com.

More information on BIA is online at www.cnybia.com.

Find the Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/articles/t/great-lakes-boating-marine-trades-topics.

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picture of the county truck at Shawn Walker drives to and from work on a daily basis


                                                                                                                        Dec 11/14


Alert-Sex Offender relocation notice

 ROBERT LASALLE has moved from 115 EAST ONEIDA ST APT D, OSWEGO, NY 13126 to 200 W 1ST ST APT #2, OSWEGO, NY 13126 

Please access the Sex Offender Sub-directory from the Division of Criminal Justice Services website by clicking on the following link for additional details for this move. Thank you.

Audio Recording URL:  

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You forgot to mention the woman that accused him of rape. His friends on the OPD made that one go away. They covered up a lot of stuff for that a$$hole.

                                                                                                                        Dec 11/14



The Right To Keep and Bear Arms

New York State Constitution

§14. Such parts of the common law, and of the acts of the legislature of the colony of New York, as together did form the law of the said colony, on the nineteenth day of April, one thousand seven hundred seventy-five, and the resolutions of the congress of the said colony, and of the convention of the State of New York, in force on the twentieth day of April, one thousand seven hundred seventy-seven, which have not since expired, or been repealed or altered; and such acts of the legislature of this state as are now in force, shall be and continue the law of this state, subject to such alterations as the legislature shall make concerning the same. But all such parts of the common law, and such of the said acts, or parts thereof, as are repugnant to this constitution, are hereby abrogated.

Common Law

The ancient law of England based upon societal customs and recognized and enforced by the judgments and decrees of the courts. The general body of statutes and case law that governed England and the American colonies prior to the American Revolution.

William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)

In the three preceding articles we have taken a short view of the principal absolute rights [personal security, personal liberty, private property] which appertain to every Englishman. But in vain would these rights be declared, ascertained, and protected by the dead letter of the laws, if the constitution had provided no other method to secure their actual enjoyment. It has therefore established certain other auxiliary subordinate rights of the subject, which serve principally as outworks or barriers to protect and maintain inviolate the three great and primary rights, of personal security, personal liberty, and private property.


5. The fifth and last auxiliary right of the subject, that I shall at present mention, is that of having arms for their defense, suitable to their condition and degree, and such as are allowed by law. Which is also declared by the same statute . . . and is indeed a public allowance, under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.


New York State Constitution



[Defense; militia]

Section 1.The defense and protection of the state and of the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia.


Civil Rights Laws of New York


§ 4. Right to keep and bear arms. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.


US Constitution

Amendment 2 - Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

                                                                                                                        Dec 11/14



The Blind Cashier, at Bass Pro Shop.

the Blind Cashier, at Bass Pro Shop…

A woman goes into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday.

She doesn’t know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter.

A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades. She says, "Excuse me, sir.

Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?" He says, "Ma'am, I'm completely blind;

but if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes." She

doesn’t believe him but drops it on the counter anyway. He says, "That's a six-foot

Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. test line. It's a good all-around

combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.00."

She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter.

I'll Take it!" As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor. Oh, that sounds like a

Master Card," he says. She bends down to pick it up and accidentally farts. At first she is

really embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell it was she

who tooted.

Being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only person around. The man rings up the sale

and says, "That'll be $34.50 please." The woman is totally confused by this and asks, “Didn’t you

tell me the rod and reel were on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?" He replies,

"Yes, Ma'am. The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is $11.00 and the Bear

Repellent is $3.50."

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Today's Quote, December 10/14

“Life is too short”
Frank Barilla


Yes it is but in Franks case it wasn’t short enough.


Frank Barilla, 80

Frank Barilla ruled the city Zoning Board for many years applying and misapplying the ordinance as he saw fit. Many of the zoning atrocities, which destroyed Ozwego can be traced right back to that sorry fraction of a man. Born in Elmira, I personally heard him claim Utica and Rochester at different times. One thing you could be sure of with Frankie is if his lips were moving he was lying.

Maybe now the bones of Linda Casler can rest easy in their grave.


Women were frequently among the victims of Franks wrath as this article shows.

Landlord names tenant on sign in front of home

( from TV-3 News)

By Jim Kenyon
Monday, August 31, 2009 at 4:49 p.m.

OSWEGO -- Landlord Frank Barilla sees it as a sign of the times. He decided to go very public with his dispute with tenant, Jeanine Curry, who was evicted Monday by court order. "I want other landlords to know how bad this particular woman is." Barilla replied when asked about the sign.

Barilla claims Curry owes back rent, has damaged the home and trashed the yard. The sign warns other landlords to use "caution" by claiming she could "destroy" their homes. It identifies her by name. The sign at Barilla's garage is right across the street from where Curry lives.

"That is wrong." Curry told Action News, "what he is doing to me is just wrong. It's evil. It's corrupt. It's discrimination."

While Barilla sees the sign as freedom of speech, Curry sees it as libel and is threatening to take Barilla to court. "The ...constitution, it does read somewhere about the freedom of speech versus the damage it can cause to other people. There's a fine line there." according to Curry.

"If it goes to court," Barilla says, "it would be a plus because then everybody could see how bad this is getting in our city."

Barilla claims while many landlords get a bad rap in Oswego, many of them become victims of tenants who refuse to pay rent and trash their properties.

Oswego Housing Inspector, Pat Kelly, visited the home Monday afternoon. She tells Action News that the home was "not bad at all." Kelly says she could only find "normal wear and tear."

Some fond memories of Frank might include the many high school kids he hired to pump gas and how he liked to come up behind them and grab their genitalia. I do not think I would say Frank was fond of boys especially after a phone call I got right after Tony Pauldine was arrested for fondling a young boy. Frank was very irate and expressed an extreme hatred and contempt for the man, obviously hoping to inspire some comments on the Lion. I suggested that he put his thoughts in an email and send them in to the site. Of course he never did. Frankie had a big mouth but when push came to shove he was a coward. We probably could not call Frank a bigot as I am sure there were probably some women, Blacks, Asians, or Hispanics, which he considered equal. In reading his Obit I saw the list of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I just could not help but wonder how much longer that list would have been if illegitimate ones were listed too.

Sleep tight Frankie. The weather forecast says rain.

                                                                                                                      Dec 10/14

National Grid Clears The Air Over Tree Trimming

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Sounds like national grid needs to talk to the dpw or the alderman, or both to do the work that they think that they should. Sometimes people in our city of gov. have to see that someone else is not looking out for the people or the trees best interest. My todd, what a smart person you must be, after, I bet that if you could have it your way, you would direct the city employees and the dpw to remove the trees and replaced them with shrubs and flowers so that someone like would not have to bother the city with such small maters. You do not have a clue, do you?
                                                                                                                    Dec 10/14

The city already had a policy of planting shorter growing trees under power lines and I think there was some kind of incentive involved with it.


Who Will Win The Dirt Nap Trifecta?
1- Parker
2- Barilla
3- ????? 
Who will complete the Rule of Three?


It used to be parking was on even sides. Mon, weds , fri. midnight thru midnight. Odd was tues, thrus. and sat. example, at 12:01 Monday [am] you would be parking on even side of street up till 11:59 , then you go out and move to the odd side of street [tues] until 11:59 [pm] then you go out and at 12:01 [am] weds, you would be on even side street. Syracuse does the parking ban as what Oswego is using know, and would get people who do not understand odd to even to even to odd. What a great way to make some money while doing a tap dance.
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John Gosek vs Jack Gosek
The newly rehabilitated ‘Jack” Gosek continues to smile and schmooze his way around Ozwego as though he has not a care in the world. Mayor Gilligan has even been considering appointing him to the City Electrical Board. Meanwhile his evil twin “John” has been quietly trying to re assure friends and members of the old Gosek mafia they have nothing to worry about because he only fed the US Attorney some minor dirt about the former assessor Mike Parker. It sounds good when it rolls off the evil twins tongue but the fact is all that information was out long before Gosek was arrested. Hell I personally mailed copies of those documents and a lot more to the FBI, US Attorney and several State agencies. Why would the U.S. Attorney make a deal for old information? I have hashed this over with several people and we keep coming up with the same answer. The assessor issues were used as a ruse on the court papers to avoid revealing everything Johny told them. He was looking at what, a minimum sentence of six years, with a maximum of thirty? You know he told them everything he knew and probably a lot of things he suspected. He got the deal of the century and he did not get it by giving up stale information. It would not surprise me to find out he has been wearing a wire ever since he got out.

                                                                                                                    Dec 10/14






Today's Quote, December 9/14

"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age,"
Victor Hugo

Oswego’s Alternate-Side Winter Parking Restriction Starts Tuesday
Another winter of half assed plowed streets to do favors for the slum lords.


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Amp it up OZ!
I'd like to share an idea for Oswego and it's citizens. I'm not sure if this is possible.
My old home town is lacking from a think tank standpoint.
I left Oswego over 30 yrs ago. That doesn't mean I don't care for my old home. I do!
In light of all the changes there...good, bad and ugly...Oswego has a treasure in it's natural resource and the Great Lake Ontario.
Oswego needs a new revenue source to offset the lackluster performance of Harborfest over the last several yrs. Not to mention the cost.
Oswego should look into the possiblity of an Amphitheater to host approximately 6-10 shows each summer.
I know the cost to build would be astronomical today...however with some creative financing and sponsorship along with donors it could happen.
Location would be crucial. It should be near the Lake.
I don't know if it's possible from a historical standpoint with the state laws and regulations but the Fort Ontario area and or grounds would be the best.
Let the legal people work that out. Never know unless you try. There is the possibility of revenue sharing with the Historical Society and the Fort.
The Amp would seat about 6-10k (small) but profitable...one must look into parking and traffic flow...I am confident it would be cheaper with city personal 6-10 times a year for coverage than all of Harborfest. But..what if the Fort idea couldn't fly? Where are the other possible locations? If you have any I ask that you share your idea's. Another location ...and forgive me I don't even know if any thing is there already (houses) ...but what about the old Nunzi's Salvador location by Camp Hollis?...in addition what about Camp Hollis itself?...there are numerous possibilities... again revenue sharing not to mention lowering the tax burden of residents. You get where I'm going here...I could go on and on with details. (details of Amp itself) I'd like you all to contribute too! If I ever stepped into a big pile of $hit and could give back someday on this kind of level...this would be my dream...however my dream would be just as fulfilled if someone with the capital stole my idea. God Bless you all this Christmas season...and the best to all of you in health, happiness and prosperity in 2015.

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Today's Quote, December 8/14

"The great threat to the young and pure in heart is not what they read but what they don't read."
Heywood C. Broun

Gosek throws friends under the bus to save his own a$$
It was in the Post Standard, that Gosek, got a lighter sentence for attempting to molest an under age girl at a motel in Syracuse, by throwing a couple of his friend's under the bus and snitching. I think he said (Gosek) " these records were to be sealed and these city officials I turned over to you (Katko) for corruption were to never find out". This information was given to Katko, your new congress man, and yet nobody was ever prosecuted. What is even more alarming is that this information was given to the County DA (Hawthorn) at the time it was going on and he refused to even investigate it, even though he was given all the documents and those that were altered by the assessor's office. So much for our great justice system!
The word is out! Mike Parker, (now deceased), City Assessor, was thrown under the bus for illegally lowering assessments on 15 properties of a city official and landlord, and for altering documents in the lowering of theses assessments. His then, DPW Commissioner and friend, Dick Bateman was the recipient of those reduced assessments, costing the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sue Deary had nothing to do with this and was never involved.
It is truly a shame that the justice system in Oswego County is based on political favors and if you are one of the politically connected, you can get away with murder in this county...which has happened. If Gosek was willing to throw these people under the bus, how many of his other friends did he give up to Katko? Even if he did, it looks like there will be nobody prosecuted for this corruption and much more during the Gosek Administration.
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The pity is Parker did not live long enough to see how Gosuck rated him out.

midtown plaza and cahill building
If the intention to convert the two buildings to low income housing, where does the income from these people come from? And, and this is just a thought, where is the monies advantage. Is the state and fed. Monies part of this and what may it bring as far as crime. Is this a draw to Oswego from bigger cities that they can hide under the radar, which means that we will need more police. Just a guess. We do not need more housing or low income housing, we need for starts fire dept. to be more cost aware and try as it may be slow, to build industry, some way, other that people that come here three months a year. Have good holiday
                                                                                                                    Dec 8/14

Tony Leotta Re-Hired By City
Looks like Tony Leotta is retired from the city with huge retirement & now rehired back to the city getting huge paycheck on top of it .
                                                                                                                    Dec 8/14

Alert-Sex Offender relocation notice
WALTER L VANDELINDER has moved from 120 E SENECA ST APT 2, OSWEGO, NY 13126 to 35 WEST 3RD ST, OSWEGO, NY 13126

Please access the Sex Offender Sub-directory from the Division of Criminal Justice Services website by clicking on the following link for additional details for this move.

Thank you. 


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Searches, Seizures and Warrants
New York State Constitution
§12. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable interception of telephone and telegraph communications shall not be violated, and ex parte orders or warrants shall issue only upon oath or affirmation that there is reasonable ground to believe that evidence of crime may be thus obtained, and identifying the particular means of communication, and particularly describing the person or persons whose communications are to be intercepted and the purpose thereof.

Civil Rights Law

§ 8. Right of search and seizure. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants can issue but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched,and the persons or things to be seized.

US Constitution
Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Criminal Procedure

§ 140.05 Arrest without a warrant; in general.
A person who has committed or is believed to have committed an offense and who is at liberty within the state may,under circumstances prescribed in this article, be arrested for such offense although no warrant of arrest therefor has been issued and although no criminal action therefor has yet been commenced in any criminal court.

28. "Warrant of arrest" means a process of a local criminal court, more fully defined in section 120.10,directing a police officer to arrest a defendant and to bring him before such court for the purpose of arraignment upon an accusatory instrument filed therewith by which a criminal action against him has been commenced.

§ 140.27 Arrest without a warrant; when and how made; procedure after arrest by peace officer.
1. The rules governing the manner in which a peace officer may make an arrest, pursuant to section 140.25, are the same as those governing arrests by police officers, as prescribed in section 140.15.
2. Upon arresting a person without a warrant, a peace officer, except as otherwise provided in subdivision three, must without unnecessary delay bring him or cause him to be brought before a local criminal court, as provided in section 100.55 and subdivision one of section 140.20, and must without unnecessary delay file or cause to be filed therewith an appropriate accusatory instrument. If the offense which is the subject of the arrest is one of those specified in subdivision one of section 160.10, the arrested person must be fingerprinted and photographed as therein provided. In order to execute the required post-arrest functions, such arresting peace officer may perform such
functions himself or he may enlist the aid of a police officer for the performance thereof in the manner provided in subdivision one of section
3. If (a) the arrest is for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25, 130.40, 205.10, 205.17,205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law and (b) owing to unavailability of a local criminal court such peace officer is unable to bring or cause the arrested person to be brought before such a court with reasonable promptness, the arrested person must be brought to an appropriate police station, county jail or police headquarters where he must be dealt with in the manner prescribed in subdivision three of section 140.20, as if he had been arrested by a police officer.
4. If the arrest is for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25, 130.40, 205.10, 205.17, 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law, the arrested person need not be brought before a local criminal court as provided in subdivision two, and the procedure may instead be as follows:
(a) The arresting peace officer, where he is specially authorized by law to issue and serve an appearance ticket, may issue and serve an appearance ticket upon the arrested person and release him from custody; or
(b) The arresting peace officer, where he is not specially authorized by law to issue and serve an appearance ticket, may enlist the aid of a police officer and request that such officer issue and serve an appearance ticket upon the arrested person, and upon such issuance and service the latter must be released from custody.
5. Upon arresting a juvenile offender without a warrant, the peace officer shall immediately notify the parent or other person legally responsible for his care or the person with whom he is domiciled, that the juvenile offender has been arrested, and the location of the facility where he is being detained.
                                                                                                                    Dec 8/14






Today's Quote, December 7/14

“Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now.”
Evelyn Waugh

use of vech.

To your post, I have tried to contact the mayor and my aldermen. Sometimes when people go on mass media, it is easy to call them out.And this makes people more informed, and maybe getting to really care.

It is fine that people want to save this building, but because it is on the his. Soc. Does not mean that it protected. And only , not knowing, to stop the failure, piledriving with “H” piles have to be drove and before that has to happen, ground search has to be done. This building has twisted, and you have to have a structure on the out side , to help hold the inside, so that workers can hold stucture on the inside. Is anyone ready to vote one spending about two mil. To hold building, then after that another one mil. To maybe updates, then after that the asbestos that may be in the roofing or the caulking on the window frames, or the jointcompound that was used in the early 60’s. please look at the whole picture and research this.

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Who was the assessor Gosek gave up to lower his time in prison? Sue Deary or Mike Parker. What has been done about it? If the Feds turned over this information to the NYS Attorney General nothing was done - he is too busy confiscating guns. He lets the criminals run loose and goes after law-abiding citizens. Much like the Governor of New York City.
                                                                                                                    Dec 7/14

historical buildings
A building might be registered as a historical does not mean that it is protected or eligible for grants monies to restore. And if monies are granted, it gets very costly and things are very cut and dry as to what can be replaced or removed. That roof that is on there now, I am sure, does not meet the rules of protection. I am almost sure that the original roof was slate, as a example. Not sure what the cost is on slate, not to mention the prep work, I would guess the cost would be around 150,000.00 to 225,000.00 as only one of the rules in hist. building grants. Windows must stay true, as of walkways were not done in concrete, but in brick. As of the inside, if it was done in lath and plaster, then it has to come up to those specs. So you see that this could be very expensive if it goes to protection from the hist. soc. And not to metion that “h” piles might be used to try to cable the building from any more shifting. And before I would try to put a temp. roof and not have the workers in harms way, I would, if possible, try to keep building from shifting anymore than it already has. Good luck with the roof and be safe, after all, if something happens, then the city will be liable, think about.
                                                                                                                    Dec 7/14

Police Officer, Peace Officer, Sheriff
7. "Police officer" means a member of a police force or other organization of a municipality who is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the general criminal laws of the state, but shall not include any person serving as such solely by virtue of his occupying any other office or position, nor shall such term include a sheriff, under-sheriff, commissioner of police, deputy or assistant commissioner of police, chief of police, deputy or assistant chief of police or any person having an equivalent title who is appointed or employed by a municipality to exercise equivalent supervisory authority.
7-a. "Police officer," for the purpose of the central state registry, means a person designated as such in subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law.
7-b. "Peace officer" means a person designated as such in section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law.

34. "Police officer." The following persons are police officers:
(a) A sworn member of the division of state police;
(b) Sheriffs, under-sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of counties outside
of New York City;
(c) A sworn officer of an authorized county or county parkway police department;
(d) A sworn officer of an authorized police department or force of a city, town, village or police district;
(e) A sworn officer of an authorized police department of an authority or a sworn officer of the state regional park police in the office of parks and recreation;
(f) A sworn officer of the capital police force of the office of general services;
(g) An investigator employed in the office of a district attorney;
(h) An investigator employed by a commission created by an interstate compact who is, to a substantial extent, engaged in the enforcement of the criminal laws of this state;
(i) The chief and deputy fire marshals, the supervising fire marshals and the fire marshals of the bureau of fire investigation of the New York City fire department;
(j) A sworn officer of the division of law enforcement in the department of environmental conservation;
(k) A sworn officer of a police force of a public authority created by an interstate compact;
(l) Long Island railroad police.
(m) A special investigator employed in the statewide organized crime task force, while performing his assigned duties pursuant to section seventy-a of the executive law.

(p) Persons appointed as railroad policemen pursuant to section eighty-eight of the railroad law.
(q) An employee of the department of taxation and finance (i) assigned to enforcement of the taxes imposed under or pursuant to the authority of article twelve-A of the tax law

(s) A university police officer appointed by the state university pursuant to paragraph 1 of subdivision two of section three hundred fifty-five of the education law.

(u) Persons appointed as Indian police officers pursuant to section one hundred fourteen of the Indian law.
(v) Supervisor of forest ranger services; assistant supervisor of forest ranger services; forest ranger 3; forest ranger 2; forest ranger 1 employed by the state department of environmental conservation or sworn officer of the division of forest protection and fire management in the department of environmental conservation responsible for wild land search and rescue, wild land fire management in the state as prescribed in subdivision eighteen of section 9-0105 and title eleven of article nine of the environmental conservation law, exercising care, custody and control of state lands administered by the department of environmental conservation.Others not identified.

Criminal Procedure
§ 2.20 Powers of peace officers.
1. The persons designated in section 2.10 of this article shall have the following powers:
(a) The power to make warrantless arrests pursuant to section 140.25 of this chapter.
(b) The power to use physical force and deadly physical force in making an arrest or preventing an escape pursuant to section 35.30 of the penal law.
(c) The power to carry out warrantless searches whenever such searches are constitutionally permissible and acting pursuant to their special duties.
(d) The power to issue appearance tickets pursuant to subdivision three of section 150.20 of this chapter, when acting pursuant to their special duties.
(e) The power to issue uniform appearance tickets pursuant to article twenty-seven of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and to issue simplified traffic informations pursuant to section 100.25 of this chapter and section two hundred seven of the vehicle and traffic law whenever acting pursuant to their special duties.
(f) The power to issue a uniform navigation summons and/or complaint pursuant to section nineteen of the navigation law whenever acting pursuant to their special duties.
(g) The power to issue uniform appearance tickets pursuant to article seventy-one of the environmental conservation law, whenever acting pursuant to their special duties.
(h) The power to possess and take custody of firearms not owned by the peace officer, for the purpose of disposing, guarding, or any other lawful purpose, consistent with his duties as a peace officer.
(i) Any other power which a particular peace officer is otherwise authorized to exercise by any general, special or local law or charter whenever acting pursuant to his special duties, provided such power is not inconsistent with the provisions of the penal law or this chapter.
(j) Uniformed court officers shall have the power to issue traffic summonses and complaints for parking, standing, or stopping violations pursuant to the vehicle and traffic law whenever acting pursuant to their special duties.

Criminal Procedure
§ 2.10 Persons designated as peace officers.
Notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law or charter to the contrary, only the following persons shall have the powers of, and shall be peace officers:
1. Constables or police constables of a town or village, provided such designation is not inconsistent with local law.
2. The sheriff, undersheriff and deputy sheriffs of New York city and sworn officers of the Westchester county department of public safety services appointed after January thirty-first, nineteen hundred eighty-three to the title of public safety officer and who perform the functions previously performed by a Westchester county deputy sheriff on or prior to such date.
3. Investigators of the office of the state commission of investigation.
4. Employees of the department of taxation and finance designated by the commissioner of taxation and finance as peace officers and assigned by the commissioner of taxation and finance (a) to the enforcement of any of the criminal or seizure and forfeiture provisions of the tax law...

The Sheriff of Oswego County and other upstate counties is identified as a police officer but not a peace officer.
§ 650. General duties of sheriff. 1. The sheriff shall perform the duties prescribed by law as an officer of the court and conservator of the peace within the county. He shall perform such additional and related duties as may be prescribed by law and directed by the board of supervisors or the county legislature.
2. Upon written request by the issuer thereof, the sheriff shall serve all civil process regardless of whether it has been issued by the court.

The Sheriff can: Appoint special deputies for a posse or other emergencies; Request assistance by the State Militia; Appoint Security Officers to private educational institutions.
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Today's Quote, December 6/14

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
Walt Disney

Real Deals
Word is this store is closing the end of January. Pretty sad, OZ can't even keep a $ store alive.
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Those things seem to come and go much like the old Five and Dimes although I think they were better stores. Today the big players are all the Dollar stores, General, Family & Tree and Tree is about to be gobbled up so expect to see some of them closing. Oz needs more Tattoo Parlors and Pizza shops that is where the big money is.

to rebuild
Lets just say that the cahill was saved from falling, and lets say that it was a cost of two mil. And lets say that there was asb. Removal was involved, at a cost later to be listed, and not knowing if the building, the was historical res. Which does not mean that it is not able to get grant monies to pay for a lot of the rebuild, would the people who want to save this building, ask the taxpayers of Oswego, ny to take out of there tax dollars, to save this building? And ,just saying, if two mil. was spent to save this building, would this current buyer, spend the two mil. plus the asb. Removal, if it is there, and the current plumbing codes and the current elect. And the hr 88 codes, and the former taxes and the ones that are going to be due? Sounds like to me about a four mil. to six. mil project to me! Forty five year construction worker that has been around some of this buildings in Syracuse, ny.

Good luck everyone and raise the monies
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Cahill never did that building any favors and neither did that shanty Irishman from Syracuse. Its time has come and gone. Take it down, sell the stones for paperweights. If the hysterical crowd wants to save a building they should focus on the Lackawanna Freight House on West Utica St. Oops I forgot that belongs to another local character and he would rather watch it crumble. Neal Smith did not have the balls to make him fix/repair it lets see if our overtime heroes do anything about it. Yes I know Neal Smith did not have balls period.

Just in time for Christmas
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Yes you are right
Sometime it is easy to write to someone that has a news site. Sometimes it is easier for them to type ,than speak. But also look at this, that if you are speaking to a lot of people thru this site, that maybe more people will be more informed and maybe reach out to their friends and taxpayers, and get more involved?
                                                                                                                    Dec 6/14

Proper Arrest

Criminal Procedure

§ 140.15 Arrest without a warrant; when and how made by police officer.
1. A police officer may arrest a person for an offense, pursuant to section 140.10, at any hour of any day or night.
2. The arresting police officer must inform such person of his authority and purpose and of the reason for such arrest unless he encounters physical resistance, flight or other factors rendering such procedure impractical.
3. In order to effect such an arrest, such police officer may use such physical force as is justifiable pursuant to section 35.30 of the penal law.
4. In order to effect such an arrest, a police officer may enter premises in which he reasonably believes such person to be present, under the same circumstances and in the same manner as would be authorized, by the provisions of subdivisions four and five of section 120.80, if he were attempting to make such arrest pursuant to a warrant of arrest.

Second Class Cities

§ 142. Powers and duties of members of police department. The members of the police department, other than surgeons, in criminal matters have all the powers of police officers under the general laws of the state, and they shall also have the power and it shall be their duty to arrest any person found by them violating any of the penal ordinances of the city or laws of the state, and to take such person before the proper city magistrate. Such person shall be dealt with in the same manner as if he had been arrested upon a warrant theretofore duly issued by such magistrate. They shall report violations of law and ordinances coming to their knowledge in any way under regulations to be prescribed by the commissioner of public safety. They shall also have, in every other part of the state, in criminal matters all the powers of constables and any warrant for search or arrest issued by any magistrate of the state may
be executed by them in any part of the state according to the tenor thereof without endorsement. They shall possess such other powers and perform such other duties as may be provided by law or ordinance of the common council.

POLICE-OFFICER, noun An officer entrusted with the execution of the laws of a city.

POLICE, noun [Latin politia; Gr. city.]
1. The government of a city or town; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city or incorporated town or borough; as the police of London, of New York or Boston. The word is applied also to the government of all towns in New England which are made corporations by a general statute, for certain purposes.
By its population the city of Oswego is a Second Class City. The Police in Oswego are one of several types of law enforcement officials you may encounter. I will cover those in the next few days.
Captain Ed note -The important thing to remember is that the arresting official must do three specific steps if it is to be a lawful or authorized arrest:
1. State the authority
2. State the purpose of the arrest
3. State the reason for the arrest
§ 205.30 Resisting arrest.
A person is guilty of resisting arrest when he intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer or peace officer from effecting an authorized arrest of himself or another person. Resisting arrest is a class A misdemeanor.


§ 35.27 Justification; use of physical force in resisting arrest prohibited.
A person may not use physical force to resist an arrest, whether authorized or unauthorized, which is being effected or attempted by a police officer or peace officer when it would reasonably appear that the latter is a police officer or peace officer.

Captain Ed note – There are some exceptions in the Case Law regarding impersonation of an officer. If you reasonably suspect that you are not dealing with a real police officer then resist with force. Let a judge sort it out not the coroner.
If you are in fear because you are unsure of the situation then tell the arresting officer that you intend to fully comply, then follow all “commands” of the officer, and then request the presence of another official, a witness or a lawyer before being removed from your location.

Physical Force – Case Law suggests that physical force in the situation of resisting arrest would be physical contact with the arresting officer for the calculated purpose of defeating the arrest.
Normal and typical human movement in response to being physically confronted by an officer or anyone else is not considered a calculated resistance. Captain Ed opinion.
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Today's Quote, December 5/14

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.”
Thomas Carlyle

New Census Data Shows Millennials Earn Less, Drive Same

                                                                                                                      Dec 5/14

You tell them Deb but don’t expect anyone to listen. Yes we have people with advanced degrees making half the salaries they could get in other counties but on the other hand we have a County Treasurer who could not pass a GED test..

Use of force in an arrest
The laws of New York permit using physical force in making an arrest. The problem with the law as you see it below is that it does not make clear that the allowable force is proportional to the crime. Some read it as saying that the same force can be used for every circumstance up to the point where lethal force is allowed in the law. That just isn't true as a careful reading of all pertinent laws regarding arrest reveals that the force must be: necessary; warranted; reasonable; proportional and justifiable. This applies to police officers. peace officers, sheriffs and citizens making an arrest. This applies to where a warrant has been issued or where no warrant has been issued.
In the following law an “offense” means that if convicted the action of the suspect would result in imprisonment or a fine.
Captain Ed

Penal Law

§ 35.30 Justification; use of physical force in making an arrest or in preventing an escape.
1. A police officer or a peace officer, in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest, or of preventing or attempting to prevent the escape from custody, of a person whom he or she reasonably believes to have committed an offense, may use physical force when and to the extent he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to effect the arrest, or to prevent the escape from custody, or in self-defense or to defend a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force; except that deadly physical force may be used for such purposes only when he or she reasonably believes that:
(a) The offense committed by such person was:
(i) a felony or an attempt to commit a felony involving the use or attempted use or threatened imminent use of physical force against a person; or
(ii) kidnapping, arson, escape in the first degree, burglary in the first degree or any attempt to commit such a crime; or
(b) The offense committed or attempted by such person was a felony and that, in the course of resisting arrest therefor or attempting to escape from custody, such person is armed with a firearm or deadly weapon; or
(c) Regardless of the particular offense which is the subject of the arrest or attempted escape, the use of deadly physical force is necessary to defend the police officer or peace officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.
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Use of Vehicles
I previously asked on here about use of city/county vehicles.....why does Shawn Walker get to drive a county truck home every day now and park it at his new garage he built without ever displaying a permit and a fence he put up without ever checking with any of the surrounding homeowners?????? This truck sits there every night. He also brings home the county plow to do his driveway and whomever else he feels like. Wake up people this city is not going to change. There is no mayor. The fire department runs this city and will for some time to come. And I must ask this: when all of you propose questions about any thing to do with this city do you also approach Gilligans Island or just ask Ed and hope he will find out for you. Innondate the mayors office with phones calls and ask him and bring us back your answers. I am going to call the county today and ask about Walker. We are closing transfer stations and cutting back and stupid shit like this goes "unnoticed"? This city is so far gone now there is no hope for recovery.....We used to at least be a pimple on the ass of progress but that has been popped. It all needs to start with the fire department being down sized and screwing the taxpayers and no one has a set of nuts to do it. Oswego needs a female mayor; they are not afraid to grab a set of nuts and squeeze!
                                                                                                                    Dec 5/14







Today's Quote, December 4/14

“Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.”

 Joseph Conrad


Fire department plow

If the fire department plow is used to plow private driveways, what is the penalty for using public equipment for private use?  The county has a policy strictly forbidding private use of public equipment (whether that's followed is another story!). 


Does the city have such a policy or can the firemen do as they wish with the plow?

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That is pretty much it, especially since this is Oz and no one is driving the bus.



Is It Just Me?????

Or did anyone else understand the editorial by Dave White?

                                                                                                                       Dec 4/14





Let us put on the budget for the three dept. for starts. One the fire dept. show how many members, years of service, where they live,are they paying under the table to get overtime for there pension, would the labor dept. like to know the details and I would like to see the union bylaws. If the city puts the health and pension wages in the union hands, I will bet that the fire fighter union will be a lot more careful on how they spend taxpayers money.

And to inspections, if there is not any emergency, inspections should be going on without any charge to taxpayers, after all they are already on the books and getting payed. Why should there be double dipping, after all the city is not in bussiness to make money, but to protect the homeowners, bussiness and the public, to provide a service that taxpayers are already paying for. Why should they be double charged!

                                                                                                                      Dec 4/14



Equal Protection

New York State Constitution

§11. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws of this state or any subdivision thereof. No person shall, because of race, color, creed or religion, be subjected to any discrimination in his or her civil rights by any other person or by any firm, corporation, or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state.

US Constitution

Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights.

1.      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Captain Ed note – Non citizens have equal protection of the laws but the they do not have the same privileges and immunities as a born or naturalized citizen.


Civil Rights Laws of New York

§ 10. Justice to be administered without favor and speedily. Neither justice nor right should be sold to any person, nor denied, nor deferred; and writs and process ought to be granted freely and without delay, to all persons requiring the same, on payment of the fees established by law.


§ 18-c. Discrimination prohibited. It shall be unlawful:

1. For the owner of any publicly assisted housing accommodation to refuse to rent or lease or otherwise to deny to or withhold from any person or group of persons such housing accommodation because of the race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry of such person or persons.

2. For the owner of any publicly assisted housing accommodation to discriminate against any person because of the race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry of such person in the terms, conditions or privileges of any publicly assisted housing accommodations or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith.

3. For any person to cause to be made any written or oral inquiry concerning the race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry of a person seeking to rent or lease any publicly assisted housing accommodation.


§ 40. Equal rights in places of public accommodation, resort or amusement. All persons within the jurisdiction of this state shall be entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any places of public accommodations, resort or amusement, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.


§ 79-n. Bias-related violence or intimidation; civil remedy. 2. Any person who intentionally selects a person or property for harm or causes damage to the property of another or causes physical injury or death to another in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, shall be liable, in a civil action or proceeding maintained by such individual or group of individuals, for injunctive relief, damages, or any other appropriate relief in law or equity. If it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or justice that the respondent has, in fact, violated this section, an injunction may be issued by such court or justice, enjoining and restraining any further violation, without requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby.


NATURALIZED, participle passive Invested with the privileges of natives; rendered easy and familiar; adapted to a climate; acclimated; received as native. Webster's 1828


AM'NESTY, noun An act of oblivion; a general pardon of the offenses of subjects against the government, or the proclamation of such pardon. Webster's 1828

Captain Ed note – It is important to note that this applies to offenses against the government not the United States of America. Persons who were in rebellion against the government could receive amnesty.

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Today's Quote, December 3/14

"A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free"
Nikos Kazantzakis

Not sure how to say this or ask this.Would this be wise to ask or say that if there was a need to transport a person in need , that it would be a contractor like mentor and not your force of men and women, in case of something that went bad ,that you could be in direct control of. Meaning, I would want all of my assets or personal close to me ,not forty miles away from me, but I am not saying that mentor can not do the job, I am saying that I want to have the resources available to me if things get really bad and I hope that it never comes to that. Keep your workforce in town and close, use your subs for the drive, thank you!
                                                                                                                    Dec 3/14

City may move away from self-insurance

                                                                                                                     Dec 3/14

This sounds like a plan to throw some business to Fitzgibbons/Pathfinder.

OFD 4wd with plow
I have to ask, why does the OFD have a 4wd with a plow. Two, who is driving , a DPW person or a OFD person? And at what cost and why does the OFD have a ford 250 with a plow? Is it not the job of the DPW To plow and do snow removal? I thought the job of a fireman was to : one fight fires, Two, do the ambulance thing, three, building inspections, four, go to schools and teach the students fire safety and hand out fire hats. And I guess five, do the boat rescue job.
                                                                                                                    Dec 3/14

They need the plow truck so they can go home and plow their driveways. They should give all those fat slobs a shiny new shovel.

State identifies 278 mentally unstable people to lose their guns
Here's how many mentally unstable residents of local counties had pistol permits as of Oct. 3, according to the database: Onondaga, 3; Cayuga, 2; Cortland 1, Madison, 2; and Oswego, 0. Some county officials say the numbers are higher than that.
                                                                                                                    Dec 3/14

overlap in jobs
Cost, was it cheaper to get rid of the code enforcement and put 3, 4, 5, or 6 firemen on either straight time or overtime to do house and building inspections? Who made the call for the fire dept. to have a 4wd truck with plow. The DPW should be ticked that, and I am only that the fire dept. has a pick-up truck to do what with it? Pull a boat? That should already be in the water. Than can the chief or the mayor and the aldermen tell me why the fire dept. has a pick-up truck. And also. It is not the job of a alderman, to tell a city employee to get back to work or how to do there job. I guess some people like the power over others. I will say this, I am going to start going to these city meetings and try my best to understand what a taxpayer should know. Good holidays to all !
                                                                                                                    Dec 3/14

Peaceful Assembly
We most often see the right to peacefully assemble applied to some type of demonstration. While that is part of the right the primary purpose was to allow the people to convention together to make social and governmental adjustments as necessary. The United States was formed by a process beginning with conventions called Committees of Safety and Committees of Correspondence. It is this process that needed protection in the First Amendment. While demonstrations allowed expressions of public sentiment it is the public convention that allows the formal and legal process of expressing the will of the people by a formal vote. - Captain Ed note

New York Constitution
§9. 1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government, or any department thereof; nor shall any divorce be granted otherwise than by due judicial proceedings; except as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling, book-making, or any other kind of gambling, except lotteries operated by the state and the sale of lottery tickets in connection therewith as may be authorized and prescribed by the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be applied exclusively to or in aid or support of education in this state as the legislature may prescribe, and except pari-mutual betting on horse races as may be prescribed by the legislature and from which the state shall derive a reasonable revenue for the support of government, shall hereafter be authorized or allowed within this state; and the legislature shall pass appropriate laws to prevent offenses against any of the provisions of this section.

Civil Rights Laws of New York
§ 2. Supreme sovereignty in the people. No authority can, on any pretense whatsoever, be exercised over the citizens of this state, but such as is or shall be derived from and granted by the people of this state.
US Constitution
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
                                                                                                                    Dec 3/14





Today's Quote, December 2/14

“I never know how much of what I say is true.”
Bette Midler


I GUESS I SHOULD CORRECT MYSELF: I said David Christopher was the BEST Supervisor WE ever had. That was TOTALLY TRUE: UP TO "ONE GREAT GUY: BILL MYER. He was very FAIR, either side of the coin.
WHAT? No one got the nerve to add any comment? ALL should be aware: The BALL is ready to DROP.
Little Johnny BOY, just got rid of one, who is next?
                                                                                                                    Dec 2/14

Buffalo's monster snowstorm a taste of what a warmer world will deliver


                                                                                                                     Dec 2/14

Mexico Academy instructor accused of touching 16-year-old girl inappropriately

                                                                                                                     Dec 2/14

New York State Constitution
Freedom of Speech
8. Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions or indictments for libels, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury; and if it shall appear to the jury that the matter charged as libelous is true, and was published with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted; and the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact. (Amended by vote of the people November 6, 2001.)
US Constitution
Amendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Laws of New York State
Civil Rights
§ 2. Supreme sovereignty in the people. No authority can, on any pretense whatsoever, be exercised over the citizens of this state, but such as is or shall be derived from and granted by the people of this state.
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Today's Quote, December 1/14

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want,

drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”

 Mark Twain


Cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Maybe the OFD could stop taking patients with "non-life threatening injuries" to Syracuse hospitals.  Save gas and overtime, too.  Who gets to make the decision to go to Syracuse, patient or EMT?

                                                                                                                     Dec 1/14


I hear the OFD recommends to patients that they go to Syracuse hospitals. It is all about over time. Meanwhile the Oswego Hospital is seeing a drop in revenue at the ER due to the reduced patient traffic.



The red X

I am hoping someone could help me understand the big red “X” posted on some home and businesses.  It is obvious that some of  these places are seriously run down and probably very unsafe to live in, and some have visual damage due to fire.  Who makes the call on who should have an “X” posted, what happens if improvements are not made and the structure becomes dangerous to neighbors?


                                                                                                                    Dec 1/14


There was an article in one of the local news sites about that during the summer. Can’t remember it all but the red X is something like “ unsafe to enter, dangerous” in the event of fire it would only be fought from the outside. No one would enter the building. The next letter is something like a V or half an X. That means it is somewhat less dangerous. I believe these are for vacant buildings. All the Wahrendork properties should have them but then they are retired firemen and in that case the rules don’t apply.




Property Rights

Property rights are covered in the New York State Constitution in its Bill of Rights. The US Constitution has no equivalent in the Bill of Rights except that it can be inferred that it is covered under the 9th Amendment. Property rights also shows up in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

The New York State Constitution has a Bill of Rights for local government. I have included a section from that Bill of Rights that pertains to property rights.


New York State Bill of Rights

7. (a) Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.

(c) Private roads may be opened in the manner to be prescribed by law; but in every case the necessity of the road and the amount of all damage to be sustained by the opening thereof shall be first determined by a jury of freeholders, and such amount, together with the expenses of the proceedings, shall be paid by the person to be benefitted.



US Constitution – Bill of Rights

Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868.

1.      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law

New York State Bill of Rights for Local Government


Local Governments

Bill of rights for local governments.

Section 1.   Effective local self-government and intergovernmental cooperation are purposes of the people of the state. In furtherance thereof, local governments shall have the following rights, powers, privileges and immunities in addition to those granted by other provisions of this constitution:

(e) Local governments shall have power to take by eminent domain private property within their boundaries for public use together with excess land or property but no more than is sufficient to provide for appropriate disposition or use of land or property which abuts on that necessary for such public use, and to sell or lease that not devoted to such use. The legislature may authorize and regulate the exercise of the power of eminent domain and excess condemnation by a local government outside its boundaries.

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Check This Out
Mayor Gillen Authorizes the sale of the midtown parking to a corporation owned by Sutton Company for $1,000. (click on the resolution below) Now go to the website for the Sutton Real Estate Company LLC. Look under the column titled Property Management. The third name down is Roxanna Gillen. http://www.suttoncos.com/about/our-team.cfm

                                                                                                                    July 15/14

Well I guess know we know why the price was only 1,000. The resolution was sponsored by Myers and second by Kapelwicz. I guess this explains why Gillen was so quick to participate in Myer's resignation/reappointment scam.
Back about 2007 a person who was looking to purchase the Midtown Shoping Plaza came to the common council asking to buy the city owned Midtown Parking Lot/Garage. The council agreed upon a deal, which would have sold the parking lots for I believe 250,000 but it was contingent upon his purchase of the Plaza. That way you did not end up with separate owners and all the potential problems that might arise from that. For what ever reason the deal did not happen while I was in office. For once I guess Broadwell had a right to bitch after all.

Does anyone remember the sidewalk game of stinky fish in the 40's.. I believe it was called that. The small square with a dot in it in the sidewalk,and you had to go around that one or you were "it". Used on the way to school or movies in those days. Can't find it on the net…Oh the memories huh. ONW
                                                                                                                    July 15/14
Yes it was still ongoing in the 50s. I think they were actually surveyor’s marks.

Ritchie Secures $148,000 For Local Libraries
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $148,000 in special funding to help enhance services at libraries throughout Central and Northern New York.
Oswego Public Library: $3,000
Oswego County School Library System: $1,500
There should be sufficient money to pay off one tab, just enough to keep drinking, and there might be money left for that 'Tea Party' Reading Room.

Miles of 'Bad Roads' Becker May Now Be Able to Pay His Bar Tabs!
Ritchie Secures $148,000 For Local Libraries

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $148,000 in special funding to help enhance services at libraries throughout Central and Northern New York.
Oswego Public Library: $3,000
Oswego County School Library System: $1,500
There should be sufficient money to pay off one tab, just enough to keep drinking, and there might be money left for that 'Tea Party' Reading Room.
                                                                                                                    July 15/14

I have been trying to get the city to do something about the garbage in our neighborhood off and on since March. It seems to keep resufacing. On July 9th I notified Mr. Todd about the garbage and he informed me he would issue a work order the next morning. I have, also, notified the Mayor, Sue Deary, our legislator, Mr. Muclahey. I called the health department and spoke with Judy Naoti. Judy told me that the county has no control over the city. Of course, I still have to pay County taxes even though I live in the city. They all say they will look into it. As of today the garbage is still growing, along with a television and other junk. Where is Pat Kelly? Oh, I know zoning let her go because she was not doing her job. Who is doing the job now?
The County is talking about closing the dump and this is what this property looks like with the dump still open. Any one have suggestions how to solve the situation.
                                                                                                                    July 15/14

Perhaps if Councilor VanBuren spent less time kiss assing with the OFD and more time seeing to the quality of life in the sixth ward the prostitute would be gone.
                                                                                                                    July 15/14



City Of Oswego, NY Firefighter Arrested


Joseph Smegelsky, Jr. Was arrested after an investigation by the New York State Comptrollers Office and the New York State Police determined there was a "misappropriation of nearly $20,000 in department funds" at the Minetto, NY Volunteer Fire Dept. where he also served, as their Chief.




Here is the gross pay this HERO collected as an Oswego City Fireman.

2011 - $59,803
2012 - $59,392
2013 - $62,616

According to some media reports he has a side business going like all the other Oswego Heroes. I suppose their union president Mr. Geracy will be coming out with a statement telling us these things would not happen if only the firemen were paid a living wage.

 I am sure that if any of this information is incorrect Joey will send in another post and let all us asswipes know about it.


 Meanwhile let's take up a collection and buy him some soap on a rope.


Watch and see what happens next. I bet Gilligan gives him a paid vacation.



Today's Quote, July 2/14


“Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”
G. K. Chesterton


Oswego's finest screwing the taxpayers once again spotted at Dicks Sporting Goods in Great Northern Mall on 6/22/14.....didn't know they sold food there....or were they perhaps getting a new set up clubs at our expense??? Would still like to see the tab for the turning stone "conference" they went to....a whole weekend at the turning stone??? meals, rooms, drinks, etc???? The worst part is it will never change. No matter who is mayor they will always be controlled by the f.d. and no one will run against our current council members. Oswego has become homeowners to few (I stand corrected good homeowners) and is a city full of renters.
                                                                                                                    July 2/14

That was probably just Smegelsky picking up some guns. They should be checking the video at Dicks to see who was with him. That hero should be arrested too.
                                                                                                                    July 2/14

Minetto Chief
People like that are paranpiod about someone else stealing what they just stole so naturally he would need to get a gun to protect all his or should I say our stuff.
                                                                                                                    July 2/14


Ambulance Numbers

Yes, they are not as correct as they should be as I left off the 2 additional firemen that go out on Ambulance #2 and many of the other expenses that can be attributed to the ambulance service . In reality here is a $300,000 loss each year without he expense of a new ambulance. The point is, we will never make a profit on this service; have a fully qualified ambulance located in Oswego (Menter) that can handle all emergencies; could cut 15 men from the department with all their benefits and return $2,000,000 to the taxpayers; while cutting the long term obligation of retirement and the padding of such for years to come.
Unfortunately, the obtuse Mayor, Council, and most of all ,Fire Chief, have another agenda and it is not in the best interest of he taxpayers. McCrobie probably was, at one time, a good fireman, but as a chief and leader lacks in total credibility. The way overtime is handed out only shows that he is helping to bump up he retirement of the soon to retire firemen by thousands of taxpayers dollars. There is a belief that hey will all get their turn is the OT merry-go-round, but the fact is, the tier 6 firemen will never see that benefit. The new anti padding law passed and signed by he governor will not allow tier 6 employees to add any more than $15,000 to their retirement benefits, and they will now have to go for the last 5 years instead of 3. If I were a tier 6, I would tell the tier 5's to stick their $50.00 they pay for the OT and start taking their share of the OT, because it will all be ending when all the tier 5's retire.
                                                                                                                    July 2/14

Minetto Fire Chief
I asked a few weeks ago if anybody knew what was going on with Minetto's Fire Chief well here you go.
Stole $20,000 from the fire department. I'm going to guess he possibly stole more since he's being held with no bail. Coinsedently though he just bought a piece of property behind his own for $20,000. Don't believe me? Here's the property taxes. Coincident? You should take a drive by his property to check it out. Constantly cars & trucks are being 'stored' there and then disappear. Camper was there for a whole summer now that's gone. I even seen the Minetto's fire truck pull up to his vacant property hook on a utility trailer with all the fireman in it and take off. Now Minetto Fire Dept has plenty of property to store at their station. Why would they use his? I offend wondered why a property owner who only has 1/4 acre of grass need a 0 point turn lawn mower? Probably the fire departments.


                                                                                                                    July 2/14



The Leotta Saga Continues

Here are a series of three letters sent between former mayor Cahill and former 3rd alderman John Canale. As you can see Cahill had only been in office a few months and he was already covering for  Leotta and refusing to release what should have been public information to an elected city official. Cahill was probably the biggest drunk to hold the office of mayor in recent memory with the possible exception of his protégé John Gosek.


Leotta has been put in charge of Sewers and the Treatment plants, the High Dam, Zoning and god knows what else yet he has no qualifications or certifications for any of these. In the coming weeks I hope to produce additional documents with questionable signatures and expose instances of crooked dealings through the zoning office.









Long before the LION, IO, and Eye On Oswego, there was another tell all media source.

SCRUTINY, was printed on a mimeograph and sold for the price of a nickel. This was radical for the time (in Oz) but kindled a fire which still burns today.


Continuing where SCRUTINY left off, the LION intends to pursue the corruption in the City Engineers/Zoning Office until Tony Leotta is fired or brought to justice. The following five pages from thirty-eight years ago only begin to tell the story of this lying sack or sh!t and those who have covered up for him. If you have had any dealings with this man or been a victim of the corruption in his office and wish to make it public email your stories, pictures, or what have you to editor@oswegonylion.com


All communications will be kept confidential.

As evidence is gathered it will be forwarded to the appropriate State and Federal authorities.








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RE: Oswego Corruption
Here are some places you should send your complaints.
Do not waste your time with the county DAs office.

Office of the State Comptroller

Division of Investigations
59 Maiden Lane
30th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10038
212-383- 2502



Office of the State Comptroller
Division of Investigations
110 State Street

Albany, N.Y.   12236-0001


New York State Office of the Attorney General
Public Integrity Unit
120 Broadway, 22nd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10271



New York State Reigonal Office of the Attorney General
615 Erie Boulevard West, Suite 102
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone Number: (315)448-4800

Consumer Frauds Number: (315)448-4848
Fax Numers:
(315)448-4853 (Main Number)
(315)448-4851 (Consumer Frauds Bureau)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday

United States Justice Department
Organized Crime & Racketeering
James Handley Federal Building
Syracuse, N.Y. 13261

Federal Bureau of Investigation
James Handley Federal Building
Syracuse, N.Y. 13261

New York State Police
1220 Washington Avenue
Building 22
Albany, NY 12226-2252


New York State Police
Fulton, NY

6 East 12th Street,

Fulton, NY 13069



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