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Today's Quote  April 18/15


“If you live among dogs, keep a stick.

After all, this is what a hound has teeth for-to bite when he feels like it!”
Nikita Khrushchev

Halsey's way to justify a 40% tax hike
Here is Superintendent Halsey's way to justify a huge, 40% school tax hike:

Per Halsey: "This increase will be refunded to the homeowner in the fall just like it was this year. That’s an important piece to keep in mind."

What about next year and the year after Mr. Halsey?
No "refund" checks will be coming then for this year's huge tax hike.
                                                                                                                       April 18/15

rebuilding, with no help from the city
On west bridge street, between west 8th and the forks of the road , and on the odd numbers of the street, there are seven houses that could use some help to make them look nice. Now, if these houses look this way right now, what makes you think, that who ever owns them , has the money to improve, or want to improve, or has the capitial means, to make it a push forward, to spend monies, and not gain? And yet, they want to grab some state monies and can not see where to start, when people, drive through this nice looking city of Oswego, and now, that the city has no problem trying to get a grant that does not help the city in a commerence way or those nice looking houses, and makes someone think, they have a housing delvelp. Going right thru the city. What great vision they must have!
We need Blue collar thinking, not people thinking they are smarter than us and will not take phone calls and listen! Please Vote!
                                                                                                                       April 18/15

In that stretch you are probably talking 90% rental properties.

What is the number of police the city has? What is the number of dpw. workers we have? and I am sure it is not enough. And what is the total of fire people the city of Oswego has? And those river boats, are they flat on the bottom as they should be, for shallow water? Because a flat bottom boat is not meant for lake use! And I wish someone from the coast guard would tell the fire dept. and the mayor, to stay in the river! And please keep going to schools and hand out those hats and batteries and tell the public, that only the job of house and building, is please do not place garbage on the curb. It is a fire problem, thank you, has a nice day, that will be 100.00 please! And please submit a job app. We are looking to add another ten personal. The thought of a airplane or sub, has crossed are minds!
Want to help the people to the north of us, Canada, finland, north pole, etc…
Can not help you , if you live in syracuse, albany or New Jersey. Truthfully yours, the OFD and the people that kn ow how to think for the taxpayers of oswego, ny. (that is in the US, just in case the aldermen are reading this!) Please Vote!
                                                                                                                       April 18/15

Be Realistic
The Cahill building is a money pit, waiting to happen! I can’t for the life of me get over the fact that people ( Historical Site Group ) want to SAVE this building. It is not just the roof, the south wall of this building has had a threatening bow in it for years, it is just a matter of time before it caves in , and self destructs! Before any more taxpayer money is spent (wasted) on this Pit, I hope the city would call for a vote from the taxpayers on weather or not they want to waste their tax monies ,MILLIONS, trying to resurrect something that should be put out of it’s misery! In short TEAR HER DOWN !!!
                                                                                                                       April 18/15


On the north wall there is a corresponding bow. The time for saving it is long passed. These pictures were taken Thursday. I put white lines up the corners of the building and then some on the windows to show just how much it it leaning. One of these days or nights we will hear a loud noise that sounds like thunder. When you realize it is not raining you will know.







Today's Quote  April 17/15

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass,

and the earth brought forth grass and the Rastafarians smoked it.”
Spike Milligan

City needs new leaders
I agree with Mr. Richard Schrader letter to the pall-times, 100% And at this time, do we need this “ Green Gateway Project”? And how much does the TAXPAYERS have to pay beyond the $ 84,312.00 in inspections, D.O.T. lane closures
Insurance, overtime for people that have to watch construction workers, that are working overtime! For you see, monies, are going to be a lot larger than, $84,000.00 And what about the construction overruns and late complication date fines? ( from the state, I may add) that is how the state gets there money back! So the city really pays most ,if not all, and more of the cost. Please people, we have to be smart, because the aldermen are not! Please vote!
                                                                                                                       April 17/15

40% school tax increase coming?
Can the school board members be serious? Hiking school taxes by 40%?

Oswego School Board Entering Budget Homestretch

And we thought mayor Gilligan was bad!
                                                                                                                       April 17/15





Today's Quote  April 16/15

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Four rescued from rubber raft !!!!!
What the f$@&. The Oswego Fire Department took the city rescue boat outside the break wall.....No,No,No!
This is not their jurisdiction, and falls to the Coast Guard, the Town of Oswego, the College and the Border Patrol. Mayor, get these ass holes under control, they have no right to be out in the lake with OUR boat. It is for RIVER RESCUE.
Somebody needs to remind that drunk fire chief that he has no responsibility using our equipment in the Town of Oswego. I'm sure if our hero's sank the boat or got injured or killed out there, there would be a muilti-million dollar suit and I'm sure that the Town of Oswego would be glad to chip in another $250,000 for another boat for the city.
For shit sakes, they can not drive the boat around the harbor with out damaging it, what the F%@& were they doing in the lake.
                                                                                                                       April 16/15

McCrobie must have had his beer goggles on. If they were a mile out you could not see enough from shore to tell what it was.

Kiddy Porn
Whats the big deal?
Half of Oswego is into it.
Isnt that right Eli?
So the guy had some pictures of little kids playing duck duck goose in their birthdaysuits.
I say no harm no fowl.
                                                                                                                       April 16/15

This might be a rumor
I heard that an alderman was proposing a law that people with motor homes, boats, trailers, and camping pop ups, have to pay a fee every year! Or get them off of properties! Are we in a homeowners assc. , socialist, communist, or a fascist rule, in our own city gov.?
We need to pay att. , vote, and watch what is going on. This is the taxpayers city!
                                                                                                                       April 16/15

How many?
What is the total of fire dept. personnel? Are we between 80 and 100 yet? I guess the next thing to get is, ATV’s. Snowmobiles, ( at least six, three for west, three for east, and twelve to handle the shift and back up). I would love to here what the coast guard has to say on the fire dept. in the Oswego river. Can the coast guard handle this?, or they need back up? And I do not mean show up 30 mins. Later, and be a vocal mouth for the media! And pat them selves on the back for being johnny on, well not sure, but pat them on the back for being a great manpower gig for the fire assc. , while smiling at the taxpayers and saying, boy ,are you lucky you have us! WE ARE DELIVERED!
                                                                                                                       April 16/15




Today's Quote  April 15/15

"Don't have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them."
Steve Martin

Tax break
Thank you! Will the tax break of a person who owns a 50 x 100 home owner vrs. A landlord , who owns the same amount of property ? after all, a homeowner can not claim expenses, that a landlord can claim on there income tax as operating expenses. Wow, I guess that there is no difference between a landlord and a homeowner! And yet, as a rule, the homeowner pays more in assessment value, and yet ,gets more tax brakes! And the great aldermen, want to give a SLOW TAX INCREASE ,for the homeowner for putting back into what we call in the real world ,as our home. What thinking is going on when ,these aldermen do not want to look at the homeowner first, do not want to be in the realestate business, what properties are in back taxes, how come landlords are not being called or fined for sidewalks not being cleared, or grass being cut, or garbage not being cleared or someone is buying riverfront properties, and the army corp on eng. Might not of been notified! Wow , talk about rules being broken! All I can say is , game on!
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

6th Ward Beautification
Compliments the unlicensed cars on Church Street and around the corner on E. Eighth St. Oswego Renaissance is putting lip stick on a pig.
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

NY Sea Grant Adds Coastal Processes, Watercraft Inspection Training Staff
Two new positions housed at Wayne County Cooperative Extension, Newark, NY

April 13, 2015. Newark, New York. New York Sea Grant now has two additional extension staff ready to help Great Lakes region residents and community leaders deal with coastal processes and hazards and develop Watercraft Inspection Steward Programs. New York Sea Grant Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Heather Weitzner and New York Sea Grant Extension Aide Brittney Rogers will be based in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County office in Newark, New York.

Heather Weitzner brings an educational background in coastal and ocean engineering and professional experience as a coastal researcher and consultant to this New York Sea Grant position. She will be providing residents with assistance and educational outreach on issues associated with coastal erosion, shoreline management and mitigation, and infrastructure.

Weitzner will be traveling the Great Lakes shoreline of New York with NYSG staff in the coming weeks to meet coastal processes stakeholders and learn more about their interests and needs. She will be educating stakeholders about coastal resiliency opportunities and connecting them with state and federal best management practices resources.

Weitzner will be developing the request for proposals for new NYSG mini-grants made possible through the Great Lakes Action Agenda.

Brittney Rogers served as the New York Sea Grant Chief Launch Steward in 2014 providing aquatic invasive species information to boaters and teaching them how they can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. She will provide training to groups interested in starting a new watercraft inspection program or standardizing an existing one.

Rogers will assist New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman, author of the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook, with developing best management practices for steward programs. Austerman is based at SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY.

Rogers will also be developing a web-based go-to resource addressing Great Lakes coastal issues vital to shoreline communities in New York.

New York Sea Grant Associate Director Dr. Katherine Bunting-Howarth said, ‘We are extremely pleased to have another office location within the Great Lakes Basin for our extension personnel. The Wayne County Extension office will be a centrally located base from which Heather and Brittney can share their knowledge, expertise and assistance to benefit the Great Lakes residents of New York State.’

Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County Executive Director Beth Claypoole said, ‘It is exciting to see the close relationship that we now have with the regional and statewide Sea Grant program. There are numerous projects in the Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario Basins that have needed expertise unavailable at the local level until now. The New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Extension program is a welcome addition to our research-based resources that we provide through Cornell Cooperative Extension to our citizens.’

Funding to support these outreach positions is made possible by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Article 14 of Environmental Conservation Law as well as the Great Lakes Program of the New York State Department of Environment Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative monies to the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance.

Heather Weitzner, hw528@cornell.edu, and Brittney Rogers, blr93@cornell.edu, can be contacted at Wayne County Cooperative Extension, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY 14513-9739, 315-331-8415.

New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through its statewide network of integrated research and educational services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

vote on tax break?
It is not a tax break, why not call it what it really is: A improvement tax
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

Sidewalks Question
We have no sidewalks on our street, just lawn all the way to the curb, both sides of the street for the entire length of the street, every piece of property. So, my question is, will out taxes be reduced?
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

Four People Rescued From Lake Ontario
How did the Coast Guard manage all those years without the Heroes to back them up?
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

It was probably something like 3-4 heroes on the boat and 3-4 more called in on overtime.

City worker charged with child porn


This man is an Oswego City employee, he works for the water department. Why isn't it plastered all over the news? I wonder if the DA will be giving him a sweet deal to so he can also keep his city funded job?

                                                                                                                       April 15/15

They are probably keeping it quiet because it was downloaded on a city computer.

SUNY Oswego # 2 Drug School In the |Nation Gets Ready To Party Again


                                                                                                                       April 15/15

telling people where to live
You can not deny a person employment, due to where they live. Against the law. These aldermen are trying to go by a homeowners association rules: if you do work on your property, we will raise you taxes slowly. We will not reward you with putting in you monies to make it look nice, they want you to improve it so taxes can be raised! What a great incentive! Denying a person employment, because the might live in the city limits?What is the reasoning behind this? There is still a school tax and a county tax paid! City tax is still owed on properties, regardless if people are living in them or not! And at time of sale, those taxes are paid, so what is the brainstorm thinking thought behind this?
So you have, if you taxes are not paid on time, does not matter if you are a landlord or homeowner, cannot make improvement unless your city, water, dog lic. are current. Reminder, that the school dist. is not part of the city of oswego, ny. This was done and VOTED ON over 63 years ago! All the city is a COLLECTING AGENT for monies.
And why would you have a street sweeper in action, when people have not raked the lawns and the dpw have not finished removing the sand from the streets? The sweeper needs to be used, if at all, three months from now, not last week! One of the things of real importance, that the aldermen should look at, if the fire dept. should build a fire fighters museum on the west side. And please have in there the paper work on how a city of this size, can have as many fire fighters,show great benefits, and beat the system and have the aldermen blind sided! We need change and voice it now!
                                                                                                                       April 15/15

Bussiness logic
How many of these aldermen work outside the city limits? How many of these aldermen go on vacation outside the city limits, or spend there vacation time inside the city limits? How many of them are BLUE COLLAR workers and not white collar workers? How many of them had to drive 50 miles to work, one way? How many of them paid for there sons (three) college education? ( I am a blue collar worker, and commuted to Syracuse for 40 years) So get off the live in Oswego, B.S. and have people have there taxes current, before the can build a porch or shed, or driveway or wash there sidewalk, or hand there flag (U.S.)
Please tell me that they are not going to tell us what kind of cars and trucks to own or where to buy them! Is that next?
                                                                                                                       April 15/15






Today's Quote  April 14/15

I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them."
Samuel Beckett

                                                                                                                       April 14/15


6th Ward Beautification Project
Spring cleaning over in the 6th ward. I was unaware that one could place 5 mattress, 2 beds, and several oxygen tanks on their front lawn.

                                                                                                                       April 14/15






Today's Quote  April 13/15

"Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer"
Josh Billings

river front property
Was the army corp of engineers ever notified, when the hotels were going up along the Oswego river? This is fed. law.
Property that is behind in taxes, on water way, required to contact county, state and fed . Was this done when broadwell bought properties on the river front on the east side? Did the aldermen know this? And do the smart aldermen know this now? We have aldermen that are not looking out for the best interest of the home owner. Some of them are improving the property that they have bought, and some are milking it, and only go by what needs to be done to pass , so the aldermen do not get calls. So what, the properties , go active, taxes are still owed, and get paid, it might not be this year, but next year! Remember, the three year rule! But they do not know that, because that would take reading and understanding! That would take too much time!
Save the city some money? Firemen, 10 on the east side, 10 on the west side. 12 hour shift for three day = 36
Next shift, 10 on east, 10 on west for three days. Every three days is a 36 hour shift! Which puts at a min. 40 men. Add another 10 for stand by or sick days. Which means a total of 50 personel. How many are on board now? Drop ambulance service, and SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY! How many fire fighters are on the payroll now? How many 4x4 trucks does the fire dept. have? How many boats does the fire dept. have? How many fire dept. museums does the city of Oswego have? And is it being funded or paid for by the taxpayers! How many of the aldermen know this? One wants to run for mayor, really? He is just a kid, and does not have a clue about services to taxpayers or law!
                                                                                                                       April 13/15

city of oswego, where to cut monies
Maybe the people on the board of education, could look at where the city is spending money, and could make a few or a lot of suggestions on how the city is wasting taxpayers money! Police and the dpw are fine, lets look at the fire dept. and do I.Q. tests for aldermen, mayor, and people that might have a say on the develp. of our river front properties ( whats left) so that one person is not in control of river properties and does not hold the city hostage!
                                                                                                                       April 13/15

Problematic potholes along Route 31: Your Stories
Hey Ed, You could start another web site to post all of our potholes. Watch out too and from the Forks of the road. Maybe Sullivan could write an article on how good the roads the roads use to be cared for in OZwego.
                                                                                                                       April 13/15






Today's Quote  April 12/15

“The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is

that they both understand who is president.”
Dean Acheson

Gregory J Blake arrested for using his vol fire tax id for personal business

On 4/7/15 at 3:32 p.m., Gregory J. Blake, 35, of 168 Nine Mile Pt. Rd., Oswego, NY was arrested for Official Misconduct and Petit Larceny, both class A misdemeanors stemming from the investigation into an incident in which he allegedly used a tax exempt code that is associated with an organization he is a member of to benefit himself while making purchases at a business in the City of Oswego. Mr. Blake is scheduled to appear in the City of Oswego Court on 4/14/15.
                                                                                                                       April 12/15

Supporting Documentation on Billy Barlow's Lies
I found it interesting that Barlow is taking credit for the months of hard work of the County Legislators and Real Property Tax Director Debra Mullenax by claiming in the paper this was "one of his (Barlow) accomplishments". What is even more surprising is Barlow has not figured out that the City of Oswego is in Oswego County, therefore, is entitled to this exemption without any action by the city. He must think the city of Oswego is in a different county.
It is embarrassing that Shane Broadwell told Barlow to bring it to the Council Floor, both of them not understand that this takes no council action as the law is for all Oswego County residents, but it would make Barlow look good when he (Broadwell) and his slumlord friends start funding Barlow's campaign. You might also notice that Broadwell isn't mentioned in the article at all.
Is this what we have lowered standards to? Would we want a city leader lying about his accomplishments to gain favor of a few slumlords that will give him money to run if he does what he is told. As Barlow has no accomplishments, Broadwell is grabbing at straws for anything he can put in a resume. It is truly sad that the Republicans only has a lying, inexperienced kid to run for office in a city that needs a strong smart experienced leader.
                                                                                                                       April 12/15

March 17, 2015
New Oswego County law will provide gradual tax exemption for home improvements
OSWEGO -Oswego County homeowners can apply to receive a gradual tax exemption for capital improvements to their homes under anew local law approved by the Oswego County Legislature March 12. Thelaw exempts residential buildings from increased taxes and special ad valorem levies for capital improvements valued at $5,000 or more for a period of eight years.
The law has been submitted to the Secretary of State and will take effect after it has been filed by that office.
"Local Law Number 1 of 2015 law provides a partial property tax exemption for a period of eight years for 1- and 2-family residential buildings that are reconstructed, altered, or improved under certain conditions," said County Legislator David Holst, District 4, Amboy, chairman of the Legislature's Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee.
The exemption is limited to $80,000 in increased assessed value, based on the increased market value due to reconstruction or improvement projects. The exemption is calculated at 100 percent the first year and gradually declines to 12.5 percent the eighth year.
"We want to encourage home owners to invest in improvements to their property, and this measure will help offset the higher property taxes that result from increased assessed value," said Legislator Holst. "Unfortunately, due to New York State's structure of government, property owners in New York State pay for most government programs and services through their property taxes. The tax burden on the homeowner increases when the assessed value of their property is increased,and hopefully, this short-term relief will encourage property owners to move ahead with any necessary or desirable improvements that they may have been considering."
To be eligible, the property must be used as a residential building for one or two families. The value of the construction project must exceed $5,000 and must not include ordinary repairs and maintenance. The greater portion of the building, measured by the square footage, must be at least five years old. The exemption only applies to property that is owned by a private individual or individuals. If the title is transferred to someone other than the heirs or distributes of the owner, the exemption will cease. The exemption does not apply to newly constructed homes.
The Oswego County Legislature's Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee has been researching the proposed law for several months, assisted by Real Property Tax Director Debra Mullenax. In addition to Legislator Holst, committee members include John Martino, vice chairman, District 6, Central Square; Daniel Farfaglia, District 24, Fulton; Richard Kline, District 12, Pennellville; Roy Reehil, District 5, Constantia; Amy Tresidder, District 16, Oswego; and Terry Wilbur, District 21, Hannibal.
To receive an exemption, a homeowner must apply to their local assessor using a form designated by the Commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance. Additional information is posted on the Oswego County Real Property Tax website at www.oswegocounty.com/rpts. A list of local assessors is also posted on the website.
The Oswego County Real Property Tax Office is located in the Legislative Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, phone 315-349-8315.
                                                                                                                       April 12/15

Upcoming Oswego Elections
Can the people who have no personal gain by the upcoming election please make suggestions to all the parties represented on the ballot
First intelligent
Second reasonable
Third honest
Fourth not somebody's dog
Fifth concerned about the well being of the city etc etc
Maybe we can make suggestions
Ie Jamie Metcalf

Maybe a great doctor or nurse since the city is so
Very ill?

                                                                                                                       April 12/15






Today's Quote  April 11/15

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.”
Clare Boothe Luce

Speech I gave at Legislature meeting 4/9/2015
Last night I went to the Oswego County Legislature meeting. There is a time at the end of the meeting for the public to speak on anything they want to talk about for 5 minutes. Here is the speech I gave about Gary and the things I observed over the many days I attended the hearing.
Government is supposed to be trusted, and our elected officials are supposed to be protecting us, and uphold the law. Much mistrust abounds in our county. Many people in our county have lost faith in our Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office. Scandal, corruption, and innuendo abound. People in this county are crying out for some kind of reassurance that our elected officials can be trusted. But our cries fall on deaf ears and no answers are forthcoming. Just as I'm sure what I say tonight will be forgotten by the time most of you get in your cars. But it is a problem, going on right here in Oswego County, and I come to you tonight to see if any of you have answers.
Tell me why, is my question to you.
I attended every day of the hearing conducted for Gary Thibodeau. I made some observations I wanted to share. Maybe one of you might be able to tell me why.
The first is, why was Gary Thibodeau made to walk down a flight of stairs with not shackles, but handcuffs on his ankles. Gary is disabled, this is certified by his doctor. The elevator was right next to the stairs, yet he was made to walk down the stairs, tell me why. Gary Thibodeau fell down the stairs. I'm sure you all saw the picture of Gary laying in a crumbled heap at the bottom of the stairs, the deputy is shown in the picture, taken by the Syracuse Newspapers, with a grin on his face, while Gary layed there. Let me remind you, Gary has been in the NYS Department of Corrections custody for 20 years, and he has never been injured. The OCSD, had him in their custody for 8 hours, and he fell. Why was the deputy in question not disciplined? Why was there not an apology to Gary for this incident? Tell me why? Also at the beginning of the hearing, why were handicapped spectators denied use of the elevator by the staff at the courthouse, in violation of
the American Disabilities Act? Why did I have to contact ARISE, to make sure our county was not breaking a federal law? I'm sure many of you could tell me how many Tax dollars are spent each year maintaining the County Jail. Why was Gary placed in a cell and no hot water was available for him to clean up the next morning for court? He arrived unshaven and unable to shower. Tell me why! Are any of you aware that a court order was obtained by Gary's attorney to allow Gary to stay in State Custody while the hearing continued? Because he felt unsafe at the OCSD. Tell me why. Can any of you explain to me why a certain deputy, that appeared to be doing security in the courtroom, was allowed to play with his phone for the whole day, while sitting and laughing with a member of the public? He was in uniform, he was compensated for a day of work, I'm sure, tell me why. If you don't believe me you can look it up and read the comments of the public pointing this
out. Is this the professional SD we have in our county? Again, nothing was done, many people in the courtroom saw this behavior. Tell me why! Can any of you explain to me why the District Attorney and the Assistant District Attorney were seen laughing at the table, while court was in session, and a person was testifying on the stand. The DA and the ADA 's shoulders were visibly shaking with laughter, and let me share this, the witness on the stand was crying, while they laughed. Tell me why!
Our county is the laughing stock of Central New York. The integrity of our SD and district attorney's office has been challenged by many in our community and the area. Tell me why! If you think this is the kind of reputation you want for our county, then do nothing, as you have been, but I, and many others have had enough! I won't go into the legalities in question, the many pieces of evidence hidden at the SD for 20 years as per the quote in the newspaper, from our DA. That fact only adds fuel to the fire! The public has had enough, you, as the legislature had better start listening to the public and make some changes in the way our government and their agencies are run, before someone above you comes in and straightens ALL of you out. Don't kid yourself, the status quo needs to be changed by you or it will be taken care of for you! I'm ashamed of living in this county for the first time in my life but you don't need to tell me why I feel that way!
                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Local 5K Run/Walk
Oswego Little League will be hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk Friday June 5th at 6:00pm. Go to http://www.lightboxreg.com/oswego-little-league-5k-run-walk  to register and for further details.
                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Barlow not qualified, and is starting to lie to the people
First of all Mr. Barlow, you running for mayor would be the biggest joke this city has seen as a Mayoral candidate; ever. You have been on the council for just over a year and 4 months, you have no business experience, unless you count frying dough as a "Carnie", and you don't own property in the city of Oswego.
You came up with the excuse that the 43% tax increase was put in place before you were on the council, yet, you were involved with the very people that implemented the tax increase, but you never publicly came out against it. You did not show up at the public hearings (as many of us did), and you wrote no letters to the paper trying to stop it. Since you have been in office, your first budget went up by 1.407% and you made no effort to reduce the increase we have had over the past few years (54.907%). You were given ample information to reduce the OFD ambulance by $1,900,000, but you chose to ignore this tax savings, went out and spent an additional $100,000 for a new ambulance, basically telling your constituents that you didn't give a damn about the tax increases they were given. Then you shut down the code enforcement office without doing any research, gave the housing inspections to the OFD, and now it cost twice as much as it did before and has huge paperwork back-up, not counting the thousands of dollars being paid to the OFD in comp time (quote from Enwright). The streets in Oswego are in horrendous disrepair (especially yours), thanks to you and the council for deciding to use the C.H.I.P.S. money to pay salaries instead of using the money to repairing roads. You stuck it to the residents by not doing furloughs.
Now lets get to the lies. You had nothing to do with the "Home Improvement Tax Incentive" and you know it! This was a county incentive that you knew nothing about. This program was brought to you by none other that Legislator Shane Broadwell to get it to the council and make you look like you even knew what the program was. Billy, its not good to get caught in bold face lies when running for public office, and this is a big one. To make it sound like this was your accomplishment is ridiculous and you should be embarrassed to try to claim it. Broadwell is part of the slumlords that are gong to bank roll your run for mayor. There is a group of slumlords ( and it is well known who they are), Broadwell included, that wants you to run for mayor, so in the outside chance you win, they will have an inexperienced bobble-head that will do exactly what they tell you to do.
Trust assured, when you run, everything about you, your family, your relationship with the slumlords and what you actually stand for is going to come out. If you think the Republican City Committee is going to be there for you when the $hit starts hitting the fan, you better think again. Also, your little buddy Jim C. will run and hide when it gets ugly.
                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Enwright, Todd not running for new terms

                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Any relation to the one that works for the city?
Oswego Man Facing Child Porn Charges

                                                                                                                       April 11/15

school board personnel vote
Why would board member McLaughlin abstain on this personnel vote?

Mark McLaughlin was appointed as a provisional part-time school security officer.
Board member Michael McLaughlin abstained from the vote on this appointment.
                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Anthony Leotta Gets A Parking Ticket
Time: 9:45 AM 04/03/2015
Location: 20 W Oneida St
Love that meter maid!
Wait..you don't think that maybe she got chewed-out and the ticket disappeared do you?
                                                                                                                       April 11/15

Since, there has already been a lawsuit against the city (plaintiff tripped on height of walk, breaking wrist, and won), about 5-6 yrs ago. You would think that the city is responsible...as it has already been determined, she won.
                                                                                                                       April 11/15





Today's Quote  April 10/15

“The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.”

 J. William Fulbright




To answer the question, yes I have taken  my complaints futher.   

                                                                                                                       April 10/15


Re: Comments

To report corruption and fraud involving public employees (Yes, they ARE accountable) please contact one or all of the agencies listed here. I have filed complaints just this past week.I suppose it's possible that Broadwell may have filed a few himself but let's all get involved and put things in the right perspective.

NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics 1-800-873-8442

NYS Comptroller - To report fraud email   investigations@osc.state.ny.us  or call 1-888-672-4555

Public Integrity Bureau - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman  File online complaint at www.ag.ny.gov

FBI Public Corruption Hotline 1-212-384-1000

                                                                                                                       April 10/15



Stolen - Reward

Both of these were stolen from my car along with a few other things.  I am offering $100 for their return and information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the theft.  The bandana is one of a kind so if you see it it is mine.

Contact    Cleanuposwego@yahoo.com




Americans will spend more on taxes than food, clothing, housing combined, group says




                                                                                                                       April 10/15



State Police Request Public Assistance In Identifying Suspect

A typical Ozwego County looser. Look at the jacket he wears to commit a crime in front of cameras.


                                                                                                                      April 10/15



Further than this site re complaints !

If anyone complained and possibly affected the
Status quo the mob(local govt) would grind
Them up
Where else could a jim c run a guy like whats his
Name for mayor and a degenerate that allowed
Rapes in the bars he ran , for alderman
Who can stand Against this crud?

                                                                                                                       April 10/15


Sidewalk Liability

If you can get a ticket for parking on it , who is responsible?

                                                                                                                       April 10/15



It was set up that ,the city would do the construction and repair. The HOMEOWNER, would keep the walk clear! If a person got hurt  and the walk was not property maintained, as in snow removel, or lack of salt, snow melter, etc. , it would be the liaibilty  of the homeowner. And yet, if the city did a bad job of construction, where does the  responsibility of injury go? And what about the  twentyfive foot rule? Think about this, if a tree is on “city property” and it is the job of the city to maintain, cut, trim takeout, replace because tree roots are displacing  or heaveing sidewalk, then it is the city’s problem to take out the tree and repair sidewalk, due to the tree is owned by the city, damage is due to the city owned tree! Or do we need to get some school kids to read this  to the aldermen, in a way some of them, can understand!

                                                                                                                       April 10/15


taking phone calls

Great job on Mr. Todd’s part on taking calls  about sidewalk  repairs and  who is suppose to pay and who owns them. One thing that should have been asked, before I accept this call, are your city taxes, dog lic. ,your water and sewer fees, parking tickets, any court fees, speeding tickets, any lack of fines in regards to not clearing a city sidewalk, school bus stop, or complaining about the people, who ever they are, driving around in the old police cars, doing what? And are they code, police, clerk,fire dept? what is there title and job? All of this should be asked before you ask, “ how may I help you?”

                                                                                                                      April 10/15






Today's Quote   April 9/15

"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there."
Kofi Annan

Oswego School Budget Workshop Set

                                                                                                                      April 9/15

When Did They Decide to Test Knife? Last Week?
"OSWEGO, NY – Prosecutors in the Heidi Allen hearing wrapped up their final witnesses today (April 7), but a DNA test on a knife found in Michael Bohrer’s former home in 2014 could take up to 30 days to return with results, further prolonging the wrap up of the hearing that could define the future of Gary Thibodeau, the man prosecuted for her disappearance in 1994."
Last I heard there were 365 days in 2014
                                                                                                                      April 9/15

Didnt know the county was in the business of moving mattresses?????

Sidewalks???? Dont even go there. Aldermen get new sidewalks when they remodel their homes. Supposedly the city put in a workorder 8 years ago to have mine done when they dug up my yard; still waiting.

And again I ask and have yet to get an answer: does anyone who writes this site ever go any further with their complaints than here?????? Just curious.

City, College Team Up To Quell End Of Semester Disruption
A farts chance in a wind storm:

                                                                                                                      April 9/15

Oswego State the number two drug college in the nation will probably provide free onsite heroin testing and clean syringes so they do not get so many dead students this year.

Heidi Allen hearing evidence: See the knife found in the roof at Michael Bohrer's former home
The Oswego County District Attorneys Office continues to withhold evidence in the Heidi Allen case and D. A. Oaks continues to lie about it.


                                                                                                                      April 9/15

birth control
Do you know what lawyers and politicians use for birth control? There personalities!
                                                                                                                      April 9/15

Teacher arrested for DWI
So, I see a teacher is arrested for DWI. And, does she, or did she, run MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) at the high school? And, when the chicken barbecues start, you will see students at the local establishments. They do teach them well, don't they?
                                                                                                                      April 9/15

How about a moratorium on the Broadwell mob
No more non taxables for them!
                                                                                                                      April 9/15






Today's Quote   April 8/15

"Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do."
William Ellery Channing

What did the brother of possible Heidi Allen kidnapping suspect tell Gary Thibodeau's lawyers?
Everytime this court is in session weget another revelationand what a fine job sheriff Bubba has been doing for us all these years


                                                                                                                      April 8/15

Oswego Councilors Wrestle With Sidewalk Liability
As usual, the council is working on another way to screw the tax payer. Get rid of the ambulance service and free up millions of dollars.


                                                                                                                      April 8/15

Oswego High On Another Elite List


                                                                                                                      April 8/15

amy tresidder
Amy Tresidder running for mayor because shes a career politician looking for a bigger paycheck. Didn't she run for state assembly and lose that would have been a nice paycheck for her as opposed to her measly 18 grand 2 night a month county legislature salary. Guess shell have to settle for 40 grand to be the part time mayor of shit hole Oswego.
                                                                                                                      April 8/15

Are we in good hands?
Is or is it not, that the city of Oswego, ny, have a operating waste water and sewer stations? Because, if we did not, we would be getting fined every day from the DEC. And mr. K, more pollution goes into the storm system sending out to the lake, than the sewer to waste treatment! Where did you go to school? And to the subject of sidewalks, Mr. Todd, how about the fact that people can be fined for not clearing the sidewalk from the city, therefore, it would be my guess, that city control, would be city maintance!
It is clear, that the taxpayers are not in good hands. If the rules of the sidewalks are not clear, maybe it should go to a statute lawyer for explanation, and if that does not work, go to any 4th, 5th or 6th grader, and I am sure they will be able to read it and explain it! Please vote! We are in political trouble here.
                                                                                                                      April 8/15





Today's Quote, April 7/15

"Wallow too much in sensitivity and you can't deal with life, or the truth."
Neal Boortz


Cahill Bldg 2 Possibilities

1 The council thinks this way they dump the mess on the county and they have to make the decisions.

2 It is scam by Broadwell to get control of another piece of Oswego riverfront.                                                                                                                       April 7/15

3 Both?

A clerk spoke with us shortly before the store closed-- saying the
store will reopen at some point, maybe in a different location. Any
update? Really miss Real Deals!
                                                                                                                        April 7/15

pay what?
One aldermen says to the other: huh? I thought you paid the taxes! The other one says,I did’nt know we had to pay them! Please, everyone, do not panic! But just in case, have a suitcase packed and ready to go on a moment’s notice
                                                                                                                        April 7/15





Today's Quote, April 5/15

"I've learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou


Please pay your taxes
Even though, the school district is separate from the city of Oswego, ny. Your aldermen say that they are connected, because you are paying at the city cham. Office. All the city is a collecting Agent. Just like paying the National Grid bill at price chopper, all the do is say $.075 please, and thank you! Please be careful all of you people, you may not be able to play baseball, softball, football, basketball, and soon, your kids might not be able to go to school, if city tax not paid. School tax, and they have no control of, but they say they do! Make sure that your water bill is paid, your DOG license is paid! And do not carry any money less that 20.00 dollars. Soon that will be city law, but they still do not Know how to handle the cahill building. We are in good hands!
                                                                                                                        April 5/15

Cahill Building
County seized it from city.
                                                                                                                        April 5/15

Unless there is something else afoot this is probably part of the process of clearing the deed.
If I am right the county takes the lead in tax foreclosures. Once that is done they typically turn properties within the city, back over to the city. Then a new buyer / sucker can purchase it without any back taxes involved.

nice job on taxes owed
Now you know how it feels when you are only out six months due to not getting the bill, or lack of funds, and yet , is it not great, when that socialistic thinking, and when the aldermen do not want to be in the realestate business, this is what happens! No control orunderstanding to what is going on! Put it in someone else’s hands, I do not want to deal with it kind of thinking! And by the way, nice job of the mayor saying that the county has no say, I will say this as nice as I can: The city of Oswego, New York 13126 resides in the County of Oswego, State of New York, part of the Fifty states that make up the United States! (some of them must of went to private school) I love the fact that, if you own your property, maintain it, do the maintance, keep side walks clear in the winter, help out neighbors, and yet, put in the same category as the rental properties, who really will not wanting to expand, landscape, snow removel, cut and trim grass, etc. ,you know, make things look nice, like a homeowner, and yet ,put in the same look of business these aldermen do not want or understand , the difference! Please vote!
                                                                                                                        April 5/15






Today's Quote, April 4/15

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
John Burroughs

Well, well!


Mr. Backus has said exactly what has been on my mind for a number of years. All of a sudden, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Bravo!
                                                                                                                        April 4/15

Ozwego D.A.
DA Oakes should take some lessons from DA Fitxpatrick...
                                                                                                                        April 4/15

nice job on taxes owed
Now you know how it feels when you are only out six months due to not getting the bill, or lack of funds, and yet , is it not great, when that socialistic thinking, and when the aldermen do not want to be in the realestate business, this is what happens! No control orunderstanding to what is going on! Put it in someone else’s hands, I do not want to deal with it kind of thinking! And by the way, nice job of the mayor saying that the county has no say, I will say this as nice as I can: The city of Oswego, New York 13126 resides in the County of Oswego, State of New York, part of the Fifty states that make up the United States! (some of them must of went to private school) I love the fact that, if you own your property, maintain it, do the maintance, keep side walks clear in the winter, help out neighbors, and yet, put in the same category as the rental properties, who really will not wanting to expand, landscape, snow removel, cut and trim grass, etc. ,you know, make things look nice, like a homeowner, and yet ,put in the same look of business these aldermen do not want or understand , the difference! Please vote!
                                                                                                                        April 4/15

Please pay your taxes
Even though, the school district is separate from the city of Oswego,ny. Your aldermen say that they are connected, because you are paying at the city cham. Office. All the city is a collecting Agent. Just like paying the National Grid bill at price chopper, all the do is say $.075 please, and thank you! Please be careful all of you people, you may not be able to play baseball, softball, football,basketball, and soon, your kids might not be able to go to school, if city tax not paid. School tax, and they have no control of, but they say they do! Make sure that your water bill is paid, your DOG license is paid! And do not carry any money less that 20.00 dollars. Soon that will be city law, but they still do not Know how to handle the cahill building. We are in good hands!
                                                                                                                        April 4/15



This is the round building in Fulton that used to be a bank, right on 481.

Wahrendorf & Gosek are turning it into a martini bar? I thought Gosek couldn't go in bars?



                                                                                                                        March 9/15

Tax nonprfits
This was in the times
AUGUSTA, Me. — Nonprofit organizations across the country are closely watching Maine as it considers becoming the first state to impose property taxes on hospitals, private colleges and summer camps under a plan put forth by Gov. Paul LePage.
Mr. LePage’s proposal has sparked a fiery debate over what impact nonprofits have on their communities and whether they should have to cover the costs for municipal services they receive.
David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, said all states exempted nonprofits from property taxes, either through laws or their constitutions.
Mr. LePage, a Republican, has called nonprofits “takers, not givers,” and argues that they need to contribute for services like the police, firefighters and snow removal. His proposal, which is part of his $6.3 billion budget plan, would require organizations to pay taxes to municipalities if their properties were worth more than $500,000. They would pay taxes only on the property value over that threshold and get a 50 percent discount on the rate.
In Maine, hospitals, colleges and other groups that are lobbying heavily against the proposal warn that it would force them to raise costs or eliminate jobs.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank estimates it would owe $24,500 annually to the City of Auburn under the governor’s plan. A spokeswoman, Clara Whitney, said it also would mean providing 100,000 fewer meals every year.
Some nonprofits already provide payments to Maine municipalities in lieu of taxes, but those payments fall well short of covering the services those organizations receive, said Jonathan LaBonte, director of the governor’s Office of Policy and Management.
“The governor put this in the budget to start the conversation,” said Mr. LaBonte, who also is the mayor of Auburn. “If municipalities have another approach, the governor has kept that door open.”
                                                                                                                        March 9/15

Oaks Deal
I heard the Republicans promised Oaks no one would run against him if he made this deal for Smegelsky. If it dosent happen the deal could be off and he would be screwed.
                                                                                                                        March 9/15

Sticking your neck out for one of those scumbag firemen is not too smart to begin with. I do not care who promised what. This and the Heidi Allen fiasco will follow him to the grave. No one connected to the Heidi deal will go away without a black eye.






Today's Quote, March 8/15

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short;

but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

Couple refutes state's allegations in larceny case
This looks like a clear case of disorderly conduct.
                                                                                                                        March 8/15

Wonder who the Idiot is????
Joe Smegelsky
You are all a bunch of idiots. I don't know if Joe committed all the crimes he is being charged with, but I can tell you this. If you needed an EMT he would be there in a heartbeat. Let it all be figured out in court and quit running your mouths. Everyone makes a mistake or two, but he didn't physically hurt someone. You assholes make it sound like he killed someone.
March 6/15

This was directly taken from the D.A’s letter presented in the Minetto town Court:
Based on the information obtained as a result of the audit, and based upon the evidence available to the People, if this matter were to go to trial, it appears that the People could only prove the following larcenies:

1 $1,863.00 Smegelsky misappropriated a refund check from Lowes
2 $650.00 Smegelsky purchased motorcycle accessories for personal use.
3 $516.00 Smegelsky purchased lawnmower parts for and services for his personal use
4 $450.00 Smegelesky purchased a landscape rake for his personal use
5 $259.00 Semegelsky purchased parts and services from a dealership for his personal use
6 $982.00 Semegelsky fueled his personal vehicle in excess of once per month. (Because of firemen like him, the gas pump was removed from the East Side OFD station where is was a common practice to steal gas from this pump for their own personal vehicles)

Total $4, 720.00

So ass wipe, here are six mistakes which the DA has clearly pointed out are proven larcenies. A mistake or two, how about six ass wipe! Who knows what else he has stolen from the people of Oswego while he was pretending to be an EMT at the OFD. How many wallets did he pilfer from? How many items may have been removed from a house while a patient was unconscious? Seems we know who the idiot is!
Smegelesky belongs in jail and removed from the OFD.
                                                                                                                        March 8/15

It was with great pleasure to see that there is another Justice in Oswego County who believes in justice being served. Residents of Minetto should be proud of their Justice Auyer standing up for what he believes in. Only time will tell if "Greg" will make up charges against Justice Auyer, for doing his job, as was done to County Judge Hafner.
                                                                                                                        March 8/15

bunch of idiots
You are right, everyone should wait until the court decides. After all, so should the people who called for the state audit. They must of thought business was not being conducted correctly either.
                                                                                                                        March 8/15

Crow Einstein

                                                                                                                        March 8/15

Border Patrol
The Border Patrol is back parking in the SUNY parking lot on the way to Rudys. Whats up? Spying on students?
                                                                                                                        March 8/15








Today's Quote, March 6/15

“We write our own destiny; we become what we do.”

 Madame Chiang Kai-Shek



Look what came yesterday?

                                                                                                                        March 6/15

                                                                                                                        March 6/15

Good for the judge
How does a person of high rank conduct business for a fire dept. When you have or suppose to have a committee to delegate too! And for the life of me, how do you hand someone the wrong charge card when buying a product! Why does anyone have a charge card when this all should go thru vote and the amt. will be paid be CHECK! So my question is, is this person so great at being a chief?, because this person is no business person. Problem with the word “restitution” when people are caught in a crime, they are charge, and it goes to court. The court decides where “ restitution” is paid after a decision is made. And , it was a very nice letter that the D.A. wrote, I am surprised that it was not signed “ greg” You are either dumb and got caught, or smart and got caught ! I would not have you and your lawyer turn on a flashlight! Goodluck
                                                                                                                        March 6/15

FF Fitness
NY Times 03/05/15

"Four out of five firefighters nationwide are overweight or obese, and roughly half of all firefighters who die in the line of duty each year are killed by heart attacks.”

More exercising and less trips to the deli departments!
                                                                                                                        March 6/15

save the building
Better get moving, the building is getting worse. I do not think it will make the end of may! Sorry
                                                                                                                        March 6/15

County worker stole fuel and was fired/forced to resign...why not the fireman?

                                                                                                                        March 6/15

Who do you call or complain to when people, either landlord property are not clearing the sidewalks? Firedept. ? since they are inspecting housing, and after all they are making the city money on all of these violations, except sidewalks and also the fact that it does take six people to put in or take out a light bulb! Plus the fact that we are conducting inspections, we need to call in other people to cover our shift ( on overtime) since we can not break away from what we are doing! We must remain focus, one job at a time. Updates to job upgrades, cannot be held at fire station while personal are idle, they must be called in on taxpayers nickel. I hope that when you take your paycheck, that you turn around, so that you do not see the person that you are taking it from! Shame on your stealing system! And if I am wrong, the I am sorry!
                                                                                                                        March 6/15

Joe Smegelsky
You are all a bunch of idiots. I don't know if Joe committed all the crimes he is being charged with, but I can tell you this. If you needed an EMT he would be there in a heartbeat. Let it all be figured out in court and quit running your mouths. Everyone makes a mistake or two, but he didn't physically hurt someone. You assholes make it sound like he killed someone.
                                                                                                                        March 6/15

Sure everyone makes a mistake or two or three or four or five or six or twelve. If we need an EMT lets hope it is someone who would not be going through our wallets while he was waiting for the defibrillator to recharge.







Today's Quote, March 5/15

“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”

 Channing Pollock


On March 4th a hearing was held

in and for the Town of Minetto, County of Ozwego, NY.
Below you will find the results of that hearing.

The crimes have been changed to protect the offender.





Minetto Fire Chief / Ozwego fireman Joe Smegelsky Jr. At Town Court





Sitting with his lawyer the two exchanged grins, an over the shoulder glance or two (in my direction) and a few chuckles. It was like watching a couple of eighth graders sitting outside the principals office. Moments later court was in session and People v Smegelsky was the first case called. The people were represented by Mark Moody who stated that an agreement had been reached with the defendant which would reduce the charges to Disordely Conduct.

That is when the ice cream turned to sh!t, as Judge Auyer declined to accept it. Then there was an almost simultaneous opera from both lawyers decrying the media coverage, exaggerated amounts of misused / stolen funds and something about book keeping errors but it was falling on deaf ears. The two parties were offered the opportunity to work out another deal but Smegelsky and his lawyer declined in favor of a new court date, which I believe is in May. At that time I understand they can either strike a new deal or go to trial.


Below is a copy of the District Attorney's plea bargain and his explaination of how they arrived at it.

If you enjoy fiction you will love this.









Gary Thibodeau claims he has not been allowed to shower in 4 weeks



                                                                                                                       March 4/15


Today's Quote, March 2/15

"Some people stay longer in an hour than others do in a month"
William Dean Howells


Regarding The Comptrollers Report, which should be answered buy State Comptroller, the District attorney, and the Mayor of Oswego


Joe Smegelsky Jr.

“The chief of the Minetto Volunteer Fire Company in Oswego County spent nearly $6,000 in public funds on personal purchases such as guns and motorcycle parts, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The audit revealed a total of $22,000 in misused funds, questionable spending and missing cash” http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/dec14/121914a.htm

Why were there no charges brought for Official Misconduct?

S 195.00 Official misconduct.
A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to
obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:
1. He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an
unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act
is unauthorized; or
2. He knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon
him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office.
Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.

Exactly what kind of firearm was purchased, long gun or pistol?

If it was a pistol who’s permit was it placed on?

Did Smegelsky have a permit and if so has it been revoked?

I have been told some crimes involving firearms bring mandatory penalties. If the alleged felony “grand larceny in the third degree” were to be prosecuted would it then bring a mandatory penalty/sentence?


Did anyone investigate to see if this overpayment was deliberate and possibly part of a scheme to divert monies to the chief?

“Vendor Refund Check Diverted — While reviewing cash
disbursements we found that the Company’s Treasurer had
mistakenly overpaid a vendor in 2012. After interviewing Company
officials, including the Chief, we found that the vendor had issued a
check for $1,863 to the Company as a refund of this overpayment.
The Chief subsequently cashed this refund check and retained the
funds for personal use. Prior to the conclusion of our audit, the Chief
reimbursed the Company $1,863 for this refund check.”



According to the Comptrollers Report, Smegelsky admitted he prepared invoices for a nonexistent company at the request of “other Company officials”.


“Four of the purchases were supported by
invoices with letterhead that indicated the Chief had a fire equipment


9 The invoice letterhead showed “J.Smegelsky Fire Equip.”


but, when we interviewed the Chief, he stated that he did
not have a business that sold firefighting gear and related equipment
and that he only prepared invoices because he was asked to do so by
other Company officials.”


S 175.05 Falsifying business records in the second degree.
A person is guilty of falsifying business records in the second degree
when, with intent to defraud, he:
1. Makes or causes a false entry in the business records of an
enterprise; or
2. Alters, erases, obliterates, deletes, removes or destroys a true
entry in the business records of an enterprise; or
3. Omits to make a true entry in the business records of an enterprise
in violation of a duty to do so which he knows to be imposed upon him by
law or by the nature of his position; or
4. Prevents the making of a true entry or causes the omission thereof
in the business records of an enterprise.
Falsifying business records in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.

S 175.10 Falsifying business records in the first degree.
A person is guilty of falsifying business records in the first degree
when he commits the crime of falsifying business records in the second
degree, and when his intent to defraud includes an intent to commit
another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof.
Falsifying business records in the first degree is a class E felony.

In an unprecedented public plea for leniency from the District Attorney, we have heard how Smegelsky cooperated and how his alleged loss of six weeks pay at the Oswego Fire Department somehow figures into his punishment. According to the Comptrollers Report “the Chief was unwilling to state where he obtained the other items he sold to the Company”

Someone please explain to me how this translates into cooperation and why was there no investigation into where these items came from?

“Other than stating that he had previously
owned a generator and two helmets which he sold to the Company,
9 The invoice letterhead showed “J.Smegelsky Fire Equip.”
the Chief was unwilling to state where he obtained the other items
he sold to the Company.”






Today's Quote, January 26/15

"I am not an enemy of the negro, we want him here among us; he is the only laboring class we have."
Nathan Bedford Forrest


One week ago we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. I am sure members of the Ozwego Fire Department seized the opportunity to rack up some double overtime but that is about the only use they have for non-whites.

Since its inception in 1876 the Oswego Fire Department has been as white as the driven snow, with respect to the color of its members that is. In its 139 year history there has never been an Asian, Black or Hispanic member. If you think this somehow reflects the population then you better take off your blinders. Oswego’s elected officials and Personnel Department have long allowed department members to live as far away as Montour Falls, Watertown, and Groton. There is no way you can cast a net that far and say, that population is reflected by our department.

In the late 1980’s there was young Black man working for the local cable company who sometimes frequented the Fire House Tavern as did members of the OFD. The firefighters exam had been announced and he was asking some of the OFD members if they thought he had a chance of getting in. He received all kinds of encouragement while he was there but after he left I overheard two of the Heroes chuckling and say no way they were going to let him in the department. “We have Guinias and Polocks and that is as integrated as we are going to get.” I do not know if the man ever took the test but the fact is that department remains as segregated as the day it was formed. They are allowed to operate as their own little fiefdom picking and choosing their own white membership and no one has the balls to put a stop to it.

The next time our Senators and Congressmen come around for their photo ops with our Hero Department we should all point out to the national media how they are supporting a racist organization. Perhaps we should ask the NAACP how this has been overlooked by their organization for so long.
                                                                                                                            Jan 26/15





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.


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




Reporting Welfare Fraud
If you suspect, or have knowledge of a social services client fraudulently receiving assistance from Public Assistance, Food Stamps or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP), you should report it to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.




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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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