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Today's Quote, February 27/15

“Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.”
Christopher Marlowe


Fulton man charged with having sex with dog


                                                                                                                             Feb 27/15

I have a hypergenetical question.

If this guy had married the dog, ……. before he was arrested, ……..would he have been eligible for a reduced sentence?

RE: parking, real simple
Not interested in what Syracuse are any other place handles their parking problems. What words don't you understand? No parking on the street in Oswego during the winters months PERIOD! Gillen and the rest of common council are idiots! They caused this mess on the City Streets of Oswego by allowing alternate street parking. NO MORE! Come winter cars off the streets and out of public parking lots.
                                                                                                                             Feb 27/15

I thank you very much for responding to my e-mail and clearing up my recent
fears, I took items of a local online town crier site were facts are often very
distorted and untrue. Thank you again for your consideration and time to
reassure me my vote was in our Counties best interest, we do need to have a D.A
that can be re-elected and not lose time learning our Counties toughest job.
Still got my vote.
---- "Oakes wrote:
> Good morning:
> Thank you for reaching out to me and expressing your views. I understand
> that members of the community have very strong feelings about this case
> because Mr. Smegelsky held a position of trust, and I understand that some
> people are disappointed in my decision.
> As I mentioned at the town board meeting recently, there is no excuse for
> Mr. Smegelsky's alleged conduct, and the proposed disposition is in no way
> meant to diminish the significance of that conduct.
> As was discussed at the town board meeting, unfortunately, there is some
> misunderstanding about the Attorney General's report. Although the report
> mentioned a figure of approximately $20,000, there is no reason to believe
> that amount was stolen. In fact, that amount includes approximately $8000
> in equipment that Mr. Smegelsky sold to the department at his cost.
> Although he did not profit in any way from those sales, the Atty. Gen.'s
> office believed the sales were inappropriate due to his position with the
> department. That conduct does not constitute criminal behavior, though.
> The $20,000 figure also included several thousands of dollars of purchases
> made for the department that, in the Atty. Gen.'s opinion, were not
> properly documented. Essentially, the report included monies for lawful
> purchases when appropriate accounting practices were not followed. There
> is no allegation that he stole $20,000 from the department.
> The proposed disposition addresses many factors involved in the case,
> including his willingness to accept responsibility and fully admit his
> conduct to investigators, as well as the fact that he paid all restitution
> prior to criminal charges being filed. As part of the disposition, he
> will perform 100 hours of community service and pay an additional $1000 to
> the department (above the restitution he has already paid).
> While the alleged conduct had nothing to do with his employment with the
> Oswego City fire department, he agreed to a six week loss of pay if he were
> allowed to plead to a violation in order to keep his job. Based upon his
> salary, that amounts to a loss of approximately $5000, which serves as an
> additional penalty for his conduct. That is a factor that I am taking into
> consideration as well.
> I have tried to craft a result that is fair and holds him accountable for
> his conduct. As I said at the town board meeting, reasonable people can
> disagree on what should occur in this case. I understand that some people
> may not believe the punishment is enough.
> After speaking with members of the fire department in December, I reached
> an agreement with the defense attorney, and I cannot go back on my word. I
> must honor the agreements that I make, even when doing so proves to be
> unpopular.
> Once more, thank you for reaching out to me.
> Very truly yours,
> Greg
> --
> Gregory S. Oakes
> *District Attorney *
> Oswego County DA's Office
> 39 Churchill Road
> Oswego, NY 13126
> (315) 349-3239
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Parking real simple
Sometimes people come home at 6, 7, 8 ,9 , 10, p.m. or a.m. or p.m. etc. the clock changes at midnight, and it goes midnight to midnight. No confusion, no brain screwing. That puts it at 24 hour shift, get it?
                                                                                                                             Feb 27/15






Today's Quote, February 26/15

“It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Greg Oakes
Thanks very much to the person who posted the remarks received from Greg Oakes about the Minetto Fire Department fiasco. As that poster says, the pissers and whiners will most likely reject those remarks because the facts don’t support the position they want supported. Mr. Oakes spoke at a meeting hosted by Jake Mulcahey that I attended several years ago. Gregg Heffner, the head of Social Services, also spoke at that meeting. A major topic of discussion was the little girl that lived in squalor over on Route 264 and was murdered by her step-brother. There were those in the audience, myself included, who would have liked Social Services workers to conduct surprise inspections of Section 8 housing to uncover squalid living conditions of those who are known on this site as HUDDERs. I was much impressed with the explanations given by these two public servants. Seems that even a HUDDER’s home is his castle and government agencies can’t just invade his privacy without just cause. I came away from that meeting feeling like we in Oswego County are fortunate to have these men on the payroll and that they both were doing all they legally could to insure against future child abuse occurrences. After reading Oakes’ response as posted here today, my conclusion as to Oakes’ abilities is reinforced. Fortunately for most OZ complainers, it is not a crime to be stupid or the jails would really be full. Thanks again to the person who took the time to question Oakes and to post his response ( I particularly liked the poster’s observation about seeing trash on the street).
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

We may also attribute the jail population to the “fact” that in OZ and Oz County Republicans and those politically connected seldom do any serious time if indeed they do it at all.

One Tooth Response
Regardless of what Oakes wrote, and why he would respond to anybody before trial is beyond reason; with that said, you missed the most important message of his letter. As stated below, he was caught and paid restitution (purchases of personal items from the Minetto taxpayer's) for his theft prior to criminal charges being filed. What don't you get? He stole thousands of dollars from the taxpayers in Minetto, knew he was going to be charged, and hoped, as is proven by the letter, that he would be seen as a person that made a mistake instead of the thief he is. He should not be an employee of the OFD and should have been prosecuted for what he did, but for the political pressure placed on Oakes, he would be heading to jail, right where he belongs! You might want to smell the roses of how the justice system works in Oswego County, but I can tell you have already drank the Kool-Aid.

The proposed disposition addresses many factors involved in the case, including his willingness to accept responsibility and fully admit his conduct to investigators, as well as the fact that he paid all restitution prior to criminal charges being filed.
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15


Our Brilliant Mayor

The problem in Oswego is we have more cars then houses.

Name me a city outside of NYC where there are not more cars then houses.

                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

He sounds more and more like that a$$hole Cosemento every day.

Thy keep wrecking the boats, let them go without them.
They don’t need them any way. A waste of taxpayer money
for gas, upkeep, etc..
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

income for oswego
Reading in the paper, I agree with the young lady was saying. People who are working and trying to make ends meet, are different that those who are on the state income, and wish, not to work ,but to take from the system. Are these people we want in our city? People that all they want to do is take ,and not work? But in there mind, to keep taking what is given to them, at no cost, and yet, the people that retire, who should have a place to live, or help them in there crunch time ,get overlooked, because of a system that helps people that take and has not put into the system. Why not try to help the people that have worked all these years , instead of inviting, people who want to milk the system, and think that it is there right to grab, when they have not put into taxes! And someone wants to build low income housing for people that does not get a pay check, and has the state and fed, pay the bill, the city, and county would see, very little cash intake. Is low income housing paying for water tax, school tax, city tax, county tax,and if they buy a new or used car, are they paying that tax? Mr. todd, would you please go back to school, either high school or college, and learn some basic business , please? There is a difference between, people who work or retire and trying to make ends meet ( these are the people I want to help, after all, they did work) than to draw people from ,were ever they came from, to pay for there free ride? Go back to school, if it will help, and you can start handing out your own monies to help the freeloaders that come to this city and expect a handout!
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

Calling out oz
I wish that you could of photo copy this letter to email for posting. And when does a person, who is responding , would sign off as greg? Would it not be, for the county of Oswego ,New York in the county building in the city of Oswego, New York. District attorney, Greg Oakes? And half a cake is better than what? Better to have someone in jail for the crime, even if it meant they were not involved at all? Please explain and show this letter!
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

That was the first thing I thought, unless you were writing to a friend or colleague why would you sign “Greg”, but hey it is Oz and you never know.

So, I was listening to 570 WSYR, and there is another story about Oswego's snow problems. To begin, I'm wondering who spoke with WSYR, because it was reported that the hazardous road conditions was due to illegally parked cars during the alternate street parking ban. Ok, are they saying that the OPD is not doing their job? Or, is the plow drivers not reporting them? Do they indeed get ticketed, but not towed? Whomever reported this to WSYR, are you pointing fingers, or ? So, if the plow driver reports them, the police ticket and call tow, who is not doing their job? Because, if they are illegally parked, they should be towed within what, an hour, after plow drivers call? So, just wondering why it was reported, that cars parked illegally are the blame for the hazardous road conditions? If the jobs are being done, I don't see why it was reported that way? Not a lot happens during the overnight hours, so there should be plenty of time to take care of all the illegally parked cars. Just wondering.
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15

Snow removal is NOT a new science.
The winter parking ban in Oswego has been in effect throughout my life time. Always worked, and everyone dealt with it quietly. The streets of the city were well maintained in a nearly snow free condition……….and the natives were peaceful.
Suddenly, with what I can only assume to be pressure from multiunit property owners (wasn’t I nice?) the person who isn’t a mayor (but has apparently stayed at a Holliday Inn Express) decides to do away with an age old and proven method of dealing with snow removal, and BAM!!.......absolute chaos in the snow clogged city, and absolute unrest of the ciry residents.
Nice JOB there GENIUS!

I’ve been living in Peekskill NY for the past two winters. In Peekskill and other cities in close proximity to Manhattan, parking space is at such a premium that it has actually been KILLED for.

Since last winter was such an uncommonly difficult one, the city government, for this winter and beyond has enacted guess what……….an overnight parking ban! We haven’t dealt with nearly the snow as you folks have, but enough for even a temporary resident like me to realize that “THE SYSTEM WORKS!”

Everyone has found that hidden place to park that was right under their noses, and the streets are cleared of snow to such a degree that BUSSES can pass one another on even the narrowest of city streets.

Mayor (?) Gillen, if you need decision making help from a REAL mayor, the number to call is (914) 737-3400.

Oswego (and driving on plowed streets) Luver
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15


To this mayor and this council it seems to be rocket science. While they seem to agree the alternate parking is not working most of them only seem to want to change it for 24 hours and then go back. Kaplewicz mouthed what the majority dare not say in an election year. He believes it is the city's responsibility to provide parking for slumlords.

RE: parking, real simple
Just an added idea. Instead of doing the midnight to midnight Syracuse had this type of parking for years. Do 6pm to 6pm that way when you get home from work if it is after 6 you park on the right side of the road. No running out at midnight to move your car. This would be a lot easier for everyone in Oswego to understand. I know most of the people in Oswego don't know what side of the road they would park on let alone live on to be on the right side of the road at midnight.

Just my idea.
                                                                                                                             Feb 26/15






Today's Quote, February 25/15

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Steve Jobs

I get a little perturbed at people who bad mouth public officials like Greg Oakes because he doesn’t do things exactly as they think things should be done. I have learned over the years that what we, the general public, get to see is often just the tip of the iceberg and there are a lot of reasons for things happening as they do. There are a lot of what we called in the service “sh*t house lawyers” floating around. The plea deal for Gosek is an example. Sure, there are those that think he should still be in jail. But the prosecutors have to deal with what they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, or prove intent, or what can stand up to an appeal, or some other factor that is there to protect the accused from unjust punishment as appears to be the case in the Heidi Allen deal. A half a cake is better than none in their eyes and I kind of agree with them. What I’m saying is that, before you criticize, you should get all the facts. But then again, it is human nature to misconstrue the facts to suit preconceived notions. And there you go.
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

"Wrong Billy Barlow?
There is no "right" Billy Barlow!! In case you all forgot it's REPUBLICANS who've turned Oz into a smoldering composte heap keep voting for them if you like the smell.
And for the last 9 years it has been democrats keeping it that way.
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

Fire Hydrants
I recently saw one of the sheriff departments van pull up into our neighborhood and out came a couple of men I presume to be inmates shoveling out the fire hydrant down the street. What a great idea to put those men to work doing a job some senior homeowners with a hydrant in their yard are unable to do.
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

Well as I had predicted the largest CRIER of all in OZ would respond that I was a liar, and that our D.A did not respond. After reading his response three times I felt it would not be useful to attach because it only contained true facts, nothing you would be interseted in. Well here it is, and I am sure our D.A won't mind either because he answers calls to. I don't work for anyone in Oswego so damage control is out. I'm not even a fireperson, bet that hurts, I am a person who dislikes criers, constructive comments are always welcome but you simply reach into your little bag of bullshit and tears and spinkle them on a page. To draw you a cartoon, something you might better understand is We both walk onto the street, we see trash on the ground, you CRY about it I pick it up. So I'm attaching his letter so that our readers can better see the type of BULL AND CRYING you produce. Nothing left now but a response of more Bull and left field comments and I'm sure you can handle that. Your contributions and responses shows the person you are, A TOWN CRIER wear it well. Your Obama part really added a clue to your IQ. And to other responses who jumped on the BANDWAGON OF DOOM AND GLOOM. ---- "Oakes wrote:
> Good morning:
> Thank you for reaching out to me and expressing your views. I understand
> that members of the community have very strong feelings about this case
> because Mr. Smegelsky held a position of trust, and I understand that some
> people are disappointed in my decision.
> As I mentioned at the town board meeting recently, there is no excuse for
> Mr. Smegelsky's alleged conduct, and the proposed disposition is in no way
> meant to diminish the significance of that conduct.
> As was discussed at the town board meeting, unfortunately, there is some
> misunderstanding about the Attorney General's report. Although the report
> mentioned a figure of approximately $20,000, there is no reason to believe
> that amount was stolen. In fact, that amount includes approximately $8000
> in equipment that Mr. Smegelsky sold to the department at his cost.
> Although he did not profit in any way from those sales, the Atty. Gen.'s
> office believed the sales were inappropriate due to his position with the
> department. That conduct does not constitute criminal behavior, though.
> The $20,000 figure also included several thousands of dollars of purchases
> made for the department that, in the Atty. Gen.'s opinion, were not
> properly documented. Essentially, the report included monies for lawful
> purchases when appropriate accounting practices were not followed. There
> is no allegation that he stole $20,000 from the department.
> The proposed disposition addresses many factors involved in the case,
> including his willingness to accept responsibility and fully admit his
> conduct to investigators, as well as the fact that he paid all restitution
> prior to criminal charges being filed. As part of the disposition, he
> will perform 100 hours of community service and pay an additional $1000 to
> the department (above the restitution he has already paid).
> While the alleged conduct had nothing to do with his employment with the
> Oswego City fire department, he agreed to a six week loss of pay if he were
> allowed to plead to a violation in order to keep his job. Based upon his
> salary, that amounts to a loss of approximately $5000, which serves as an
> additional penalty for his conduct. That is a factor that I am taking into
> consideration as well.
> I have tried to craft a result that is fair and holds him accountable for
> his conduct. As I said at the town board meeting, reasonable people can
> disagree on what should occur in this case. I understand that some people
> may not believe the punishment is enough.
> After speaking with members of the fire department in December, I reached
> an agreement with the defense attorney, and I cannot go back on my word. I
> must honor the agreements that I make, even when doing so proves to be
> unpopular.
> Once more, thank you for reaching out to me.
> Very truly yours,
> Greg
> --
Now would the real ozidiot and the one tooth response please stand up. BOOOOOHOOOOO
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

I hate to say this, and I may be wrong, but the building is moving and I do not think it will make it to may. Glad to see 800 sigs. , if the math is close, each person of the 800 people that want this building to stand, has to kick in$ 5000.00 each, which comes to about 4 mil. which will may cover the cost of saving. My question is , do these brave souls want to kick in $5000.00 each, or ask taxpayers to dig down in the check books. While, they pay the city, county, school tax, and water, sewer tax.While the fire dept. rolls them over the coals and pay for this greed? Why don’t we have the taxpayer’s clear sidewalks,watch clerks of the work reporting to work and not have a clue to there scope of work. Why not , have the school board and the dpw. Work together as far as school bus stops, to keep the corners clear. And do not give me the song and dance that the parks are separate from the dpw. It is still taxpayers paying the bill. Clear the parks, but clear the opp. Side of the corners, so that students and people may cross!
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

Closing a school due to declining enrollment? What a concept!!


                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

Yellow Bellied Peckerwood
Thought I would wet my pants laughing. That is about as descriptive as you can get for that turn coat...perfect!

Okay enough with the bitching and moaning about the condition of the city streets! *Easy solve!*
Go back to the old ways. No parking on city streets from 12 midnight to 6 am during the winter months. Have the traffic department go back to towing illegally parked vehicles to the DPW back lot. The traffic dept. use to have two tow trucks, one working East and one working West. The money from towing and ticket charges would go into the city coffers. Should make up for lost tax revenue?

Get those vohl snow blowers back in operation sitting at the DPW. Fill those city dump trucks, haul the snow down to Wright’s landing dump it. Then blow it into harbor. (They use to do that and dump it in the Oswego River at the Port Authority.) Whoever is in charge at the DPW and on the city are useless and haven’t a clue of how anything works! The county use to send in some of their dump trucks to help the city with snow removal, what happened with that?

And for the people, who say they don’t have a place to park, TO BAD make arrangements. You leave your car on the street and the snow just keeps piling in and the street gets narrow. What happens if a fire breaks out, or an ambulance is needed but they can’t get through because the street has a choke point? If I get hurt, or my house burns down because emergency vehicles can’t reach me because of your car caused this situation I’ll sue you’re a$$ and the cities...
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

parking, real simple
Midnight to midnight. Park on the even side {house numbers} forget about 1 am to 6 pm. Really? Midnight 12:01 a.m. go to the other side of the street and on the next day, park on the other side! Is this so hard to understand? Mon, weds, and fri. park on the side that has the house numbers that are even. Monday and Wednesday and Friday are even days, tues, and thrus, and sat, and sun are odd days, and it all starts on midnight the sun, until the clock strikes midnight , parking will be on the even side of the street at 12.01 a.m. on Monday.
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

OK Already
It seems the council has bitched to the press about...yes, parking!!! So, we now hear about each councilors point of view, or "whim of the brain" on the subject. 24hr alternate street parking ban. Seriously...in the same breathe...people are complaining about not being able to get out of their driveways, people bitching about cars blocking sidewalks, getting rid of it altogether, then wtf do you think is going to happen? The plows should be going all the time, not just when snow is falling. PLOWING should be occurring all day...since everyone is bitching! I saw 4 plows today, and not one of them was plowing!!! A couple were sanding, why not plow too? Everyone is bitching and they don't know what the hell is happening. My street, which is a main thorough fare, has only been plowed once each day this week. That's only part of the problem, the banks have been frozen, the plow can only do so much, the snow falls back into road more, why...because we got a lot of snow and temps are frigid!!! But, these plow drivers go around one car like they are going around three. They have caused a lot of the issues people are bitching about. And, a councilor wants no parking, because he has mostly homeowners in his ward who have driveways. Again, really! It's not about the "homeowners," it concerns everyone!!! Just because you live with mom and dad and have a spot to park doesn't mean everyone had that luxury. So, we know this councilor isn't for all! I'll bet...that if all the councilors got off their asses and went through their wards, they would then know what is needed more, but has any councilor done anything yet to find out the pro's and con's of alternate street
parking...of course not, that would be work. I'll bet, not one damn member has looked at the census, know when, and how many plows are on the streets and what they are doing. Again, my idea of alternate street parking within the hrs of 9pm-9am may not be the answer, but it beats the 24hr alternate street parking idea these misfits have in their head. Can you see all the cars being buried after a good 12-24hr snowfall, wtf. The mayor did do a good thing by asking all to help each other. It was nice out today, I would think you could widen all streets in a ward, in a day. Probably didn't happen though. Oh well, we are in Oz.
                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

City of Oswego to issue temporary parking ban to remove snow piles


                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15

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We have 200 dinners to sell. Help us help Outreach360!! Pre-sale tickets available right now.

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                                                                                                                             Feb 25/15





Today's Quote, February 24/15

“To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.”
W. E. B. Du Bois

Speaker: More Needs To Be Done To Stop Drug Abuse

                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

Buying a Fan to Combat Global Warming


                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

no facts really poor BULL ...
Here is a person who is lying through his tooth, (I'm sure he sits on his front porch in Minetto flossing that one tooth), and has the balls, small as they may be, to make the comment stating the facts on here about Semgelsky are not true. This A$$ did not get any information from that idiot Oakes, anymore than the man in the moon. It sounds like something "Miles of Bad Road" would write.
The facts are:
Semgelsky misappropriated $22,000 from the Minetto taxpayer's!
Semgelsky did not pay back the total money, just a few thousand dollars AFTERhe got caught!
The audit done by the state confirmed he took the money for personal use.
Semegelsky sold property he did not own and it is suspected  it came from the OFD.
The amount of money he stole makes him, in my eyes, a felon, although I doubt he will be convicted to that, based on how crooked the county DA and county justice system is.
The lady up in Altmar got 6 years in state prison for doing the same thing that Semegelsky did. She stole $117,000, and a felon, is a felon once you get over a few thousand dollars. She has to pay full restitution!
Bottom line Mr. Bull, you have no facts other than your bull$hit lies, and the facts stand on their own. I would suggest you stop reading this site and go back to doing whatever drug you are doing, and sleep it off.
                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

Wrong Billy Barlow
To the person/persons who are spouting all this drivel re: Billy
Barlow... You have the wrong one! Yes there are two, both played
drums..The alderman (Billy) played drums in high school, does not now,
he does not have a brother, has a college degree, works hard, and is a
nice young man, so please check out your facts before posting.
                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

Fulton Police Warn Against Putting Snow In Roadways
We just park cars on our roads in Oswego. Our BIGGEST problem is our MAYOR he is to blind to see what the tax payer is going through. Maybe if he stayed SOBER and took a ride on the rest of the streets and not just to CITY HALL he would understand what we are talking about. I also think it would be a good idea to bring in the county drivers. The roads are bare in the county, No problem telling where the City Line starts.Also we have BUSINESS owners and Certain homeowners that are plowing their snow across the street.

                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

Utica Street Hill
To The "Older Gentleman" Yes, I did "Bash" this man and Told Him to Move off the Hill.

Well, I am very Sorry for that "Slam"..
I did not know to Later that day, but this Man is an Asset to the Community who lives on the Hill..He would be Missed by Many people around his Block..

Very Sorry !! and Keep up the "Good" work , helping Neighbors shoveling, snowblowing, picking up their mail, bringing them food, and Worrying about the Pets in the neighborhood.
Please Forgive me and I do Miss "our" Mary but I won't KYA.......

A Big ! Thank You for this man who lives on the Hill !! God Bless..and keep that Snowblower going.......Me!
                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15


                                                                                                                             Feb 24/15

I saw a unit similar to this in operation back in the 90s in Toronto. It worked well for the moderate amount of snow they had on downtown streets.

comp. time
First off, are these state requirements? If not, then why is the whole dept. going to this! Is the whole dept. has to be briefed on un att. Death? And be called in on overtime? Are these people on salary, or paid by the hour? And how does a person paid on salary get an hourly pay? And ,how does 66 people have to go to class to run a rescue boat, when the boat holds four people? Unless, this is a special boat that holds ten and there is another on standby, which holds ten, then, that would hold the dept. at 46, waiting to go! I guess the thing that should be done is either, one hire 20 fire people, and not put them on overtime. Two, lets put a construction and code enforcement in place, so that we do not have to pay 66 fire people to do code enforcement when, there job is fire and not in construction, that takes more than 15 hours! And if overtime is exceeding salary, that means you do not have enough people, you are raping the system, to give people more money in your dept. ,which is uncalled for! Know one see’s this and allows this to happen?
A class on unattened death?, that is the report written out by the police dept. Where does hazt mat. or boat rescue, or code inspec. Or fire hydrant shoveling or why is food being bought on city time and not before the shift? Does this dept. have any pride and care about the taxpayer, or is this just greed? And one wants to protect a chief from min. when, this person does not know who’s money he is using? If anything thing ,he should be arrested for being stupid!
Mayor, grow some back bone!

At last count they had three boats. Actually they need three because they keep wrecking them.



yellow-bellied peckerwood







Today's Quote, February 23/15

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington


Writer: Councilor Should Do More, Talk Less


                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15


no facts really poor BULL

I am sure that within your world of doom and gloom you would expect that it is within  the D.A's public service obligations to explain his decisons to me personnaly via e-mail upon request, but it's not. And yes in the real world we do not fill potholes in the winter, and we understand that snowbanks are hard to remove with continueous snow and below zero temps and our firepersons should only be paid when actually involved in a fire, but their not. The point is that misrepresenting facts about another persons life is wrong, this is defined best in our editors byline under the Oswegolion banner '' were the BULL never ends". I'm willing to bet what upsets you the most is that our D.A did respond and that he not only did his job he did it well. By the way, your contribution is the BULL part.

                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15



Do you have any photos of a yellow-bellied peckerwood?

Re: Bird watcher

                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15



Why would a 4x4 plow truck bang snow at the corner and build the snow even higher, so cars and trucks can not see past them ,and blocks the side walk,  school kids, and people walking there dogs, post office delivery and so on are to walk over the banks, and does it mean that the police and fire dept. and emt are suppose to do the same? What about the people with snowthrowers who try to keep things clear and help, even if the property is owned by a landlord? Landlords, step up to the plate, because I am done trying to help, only for you and the dpw. To keep piling up the snow and counting on other nice people to keep sidewalks clear, only for you to take advantage of free labor! And when the  machines break down, or need fuel and parts, the person that owns the machines pay for the repairs. Nice people do finish last! I am done racing

                                                                                                                              Feb 23/15


RE:Really poor facts

What a LIAR you are. Just want attention? Oakes don't answer phone calls, nor does he want to be seen.

So how in hell does he answer you with facts to a case? You sound like an OZIDIOT. Show the proof, I'm sure Mr Oakes would not mind all of us knowing the truth. You can be his spokesperson. We will be waiting...........and waiting.........AND WAITING!!!!  Keep your grain of salt, you can use it to flavor Oakes ASS!.......Maybe your OBAMA?

                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15


The Thieving Oswego Fire Department

For the past few weeks there has been much attention given to that thieving Minetto Fire Chief/City of Oswego fireman, Joseph Smegelsky, which has taken much attention off the other thieving lying firemen in the Oswego Fire Department. Lets face it, Joe Smegelsky's fate rests in the hands of that crooked D.A. Gregg Oakes, and the less than honorable Oswego County Justice System.

Lets get back to the point of the  thieving  Oswego Fire Department. It was at 11:30A.M. today, 2/11/15, that Engine No1 pulled up to Paul's Big M, parked Engine No1 along side of  the building thereby, blocking at least 6 parking spaces, as the Hero's parked diagonally across the parking lot. They usually try to hide the engine in the old high school in the 2nd Street parking lot. Three of the "Hero's" got out of Engine  No.1 and proceeded to go into Paul's Big M to do their grocery shopping. Out of curiosity, I personally observed them walking up and down the isles like they were the "cocks of the walk". No embracement,  just arrogance. In other words, "right in your face you Oswego A$$holes, we don't have to follow any city rules, hell, we don't even live here". Looks like Gillen and McCrobie still can not control the Hero's. It doesn't make any difference to the drunken chief, but "raise their taxes, I don't know what's going on Gillen" is up for election this year. Good luck with that.

Now here is part two of the thieving Oswego Fire Department and how they just keep screwing the taxpayer's. Did you ever hear of "Comp Time" or compensatory time. Well the thieves in the OFD have. Here is how it works; the OFD has four crews and they are on 2 days and off the rest of the week. If there is something that needs to be done that is not critical to the OFD, employee's are called in or volunteer to come in on straight time which is accumulated and paid out twice a yea in a lump sum.

Lets look at the OFD two highest paid firemen. J Crouse made $139,383 in 2014 and D. Engel made $105,647, Both of their base pay is about $52,000.

Crouse made $20,117 in comp time  and Engle made $21,197 in Comp. Let's look at some of the things they came into on their days off, to work for, at $29.50/hr:

 Para medic refresher            39 hrs             

Depty Cheif's meeting           10.5 hrs

operational ambulance mtg    6 hrs

HAZMAT                                 9 hrs

Fire boat training                     10.5 hrs

Marine one operational training   4.5 hrs

poison control lecture                   3 hrs

open house                                   11.25 hrs

arson conf.                                    4.5 hrs

arson conf                                     4.5 hrs  second day

arson conf                                     4.5 hrs  third day day

scba maint update                         3 hrs

codes housing                                15 hrs

misc ambulance                               6 hrs

cqi mtg several times for                 60 hrs

depty chief mtg                                 12 hrs

hazmat                                               9 hrs

boat safety display                             10.5 hrs

un attended death training                 4.5 hrs

bike rdeo                                            10.5 hrs

kids and trucks                                    10.5 hrs

new ambulance specs                        5.25 hrs

osw co amb directors mtg                   6 hrs

lowes safety days                                6.5 hrs

FEMA mgmt. class                              15 75 hrs

open house                                          11.25 hrs

cct class 9 days                                    93 hrs

city ambulance directors mtg                 6 hrs

child safety seats tech 4 days               54 hrs 13.5 hrs per day

codes housing 3 days                           15 hrs  


There were about 1340 hrs paid out to these two for 2014 and partly from a payout from 2013, for over $42,000.

This is the list for just these two employees, which does not include all the hours, and most of this could have or should have been done on regular time, not comp time. Some of it should have been done as a community service. This is a list for 2 of them, and there are 66 others that are doing the same thing at the same levels or somewhat less. So is it surprising that $193,000 was paid out in Comp time in 2014.

                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15


poor facts, lets see, please

I also, would like to see the facts! Are you on damaged control or a person that  has a personal interest? After all, you cannot serve two masters, it is either one or the other. Is the minetto fire dept. on full time or volunteer, and at what ranks?

                                                                                                                              Feb 23/15


This is the study that the administration says equates "Violent right wing extremists in America " with ISIL.


                                                                                                                             Feb 23/15






Today's Quote, February 21/15

"I don't care what people think. people are stupid."
Charles Barkley

Woman Seeks Help Finding Husband’s Long-Lost Sister

                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15

                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15



Really poor facts?
You are giving the chief, or the officer of a corp a credit card, and not go through using checks and the board the check of costs and expenses? Bad business, and if the people on the board did not know the proper rule of business, then they should not be on the board, and as for the DA is concerened, it is his job to answer to the public, and for you to feel that you are below him, and he is above you, what part of public servants, and taxpayers, you do not understand?
                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15


red bellied wood pecker


                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15



Producing, Protecting, Marketing Organic Grain in Focus at March 10 NYCO Meeting in Geneva
Geneva, NY. The March 10 New York Certified Organic meeting at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, includes presentations by the Wegmans Bakery Team, Champlain Valley Mills owner Sam Sherman, Dr. Heather Darby of the University of Vermont, and New York Organic Dairy Initiative Project Manager A. Fay Benson. The program and discussions will focus on the production, protection and marketing of organic grain crops.

The free meeting starts at 10am in the Jordan Hall auditorium.

The Wegmans Bakery Team will describe their goal to use locally-produced organic grain in a new line of breads for the supermarket chain that has 85 stores, located in six states.

Sam Sherman, owner of Champlain Valley Mills in Westport, NY, will share marketing opportunities for organic grain.

Dr. Heather Darby, an agronomic and soils specialist for the University of Vermont Extension, will review results from her grain trials in Vermont.

A. Fay Benson with the Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team is project manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative. He will cover the details of the new organic crop insurance program for organic grain production.

The meeting will also offer information on approaches to transitioning land into organic production.

The meeting includes a potluck lunch, and a discussion circle for questions and answers and brainstorming. NYCO has received funding support from the New York Farm Viability Institute and the NY Ag and Markets Crop Insurance Team.

Organic grain and dairy farmers have met at NYCO meetings since 1994 to increase their practical knowledge and expertise. Registration is not required; participants bring a dish to pass for the potluck lunch. For more details, contact NYCO facilitator Fay Benson with Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-753-5213, afb3@cornell.edu.

                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15

Really poor facts!
Is minetto still a vol. fire dept. or do they have some people at fulltime paid postions? After all. If you have a city firemen, is it not in the rules that they must be available 24/7 ? And the last I knew, that the D.A works for the taxpayers, I am sorry that you felt, that you were putting him out! You must do a lot of going to one knee and bow!
                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15

Oz Plowing
The city needs to return to off street parking. Syracuse Ave. has been reduced to one lane due to cars parked on the street. It is difficult for the plows to dodge cars and remove snow. It poses a danger to all those who live in the area as emergency vehicles would have a difficult time navigating the street. If someone purchases a house with out a driveway it does not become the responsibility of the neighbors to be inconvenienced to accommodate them. In other words a poor choice on your part does not become an emergency on my part. Return to off street parking.
                                                                                                                             Feb 21/15







Today's Quote, February 20/15

“A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops,

while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.”

John J. Pershing



Two cold winters in a row create near-record ice cover on Lake Ontario



                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15



The thief Smegelski should at minimum, be sentenced at least 4 years in state prison for his crime. Many in Oz have served time for much less, and he is a public servant, wtf !

He should also be terminated from both fire departments.

He has done more wrong than Gary Theibideau and he's been in jail for twenty years.

Oakes has ended his career anyway, unless he's saved by the political stronghold !


WTF in Oz

                                                                                                                              Feb 20/15

Oswego Fire Department Offers Safety Tips

Keep alive you dumb tax payers, we need your $ to keep the ambulance service going to secure our bloated retirement packages.


                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15



Mon, weds, fri. are even days ,and you park on the house side of the street ,that has a number that , pay attention, ends with a even number, tues, thrus and sat. park on the odd side. Time change changes at midnight, so for all of you that have a calendar, and a way  of telling time, when the clock strikes 12:01 A.m. move your  cars and trucks. And you should be good until 11: 59 pm, or 24 hrs. ,then you will have to do this again! Now ,if some people do not have any off street parking, and are renting, still go by the rules of alt. parking, except if you are renting, then the landlord will pay for a permit, per car or truck, or both ,to park on the street, which will be displayed in windshield, and the landlord will not raise the rent to offset cost. And will be included in the rental fee, every six months!

                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15


snow at school bus stops 

If students get off the bus and cross the street to a side walk or corner, would you clear that area that they walk, or clean the oppit. Side where know one walks? Saw this at 4:30  this morning at oakhill park. Too much white collar thinking and not enough blue collar thinking!

                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15


Really poor facts

Well as usual the facts contained in your town crier were somewhat distorted, I wrote our D.A and he responded with the facts of the case. Some different from your public criers. I am sorry I took up any of his time in requesting him to defend his positions. now I understand why I find so many of your readers contributions so shocking they are 98% untrue. I now will take your site with a grain of salt and enjoy it's comedic value.

                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15

Please send a copy of the letter to the site so everyone may know the true facts.



Utica Street Hill

Two things to say to you KMA and Mary misses you!!!!!!

                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15


Alert-Sex Offender relocation notice

CRAIG R ACKER has moved from 109 EAST SENECA ST, OSWEGO, NY 13126 to 125 WEST SCHUYLER 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.


Who's his landlord?

                                                                                                                             Feb 20/15


You Don't Have To Own A Cat To Appreciate This One!


We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Year's Eve Party.  We
turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our
pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard.

We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi.  The taxi arrived
and we opened the front door to leave the house.

As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard, scoots
back into the house.  We didn't want the cat shut in the house because
she always tries to eat the bird.

My wife goes on out to the taxi, while I went back inside to get the
The cat runs upstairs, with me in hot pursuit.  Waiting in the cab, my
wife doesn't want the driver to know that the house will be empty for
the night
So, she explains to the taxi driver that I will be out soon, 'He's just
going upstairs to say Goodbye to my mother.'

A few minutes later, I get into the cab. 'Sorry I took so long,'  I said,
as we drove away, 'that stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to
poke her ass with a coat hanger to get her to come out!  She tried to
take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a
blanket to keep her from scratching me.  But it worked! I hauled her fat
ass downstairs and threw her out into the back yard!  She'd better not
sh!t in the vegetable garden again!'





Today's Quote, February 19/15

“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Volney Fire?
Does anyone have any more details about the fire in Volney a few nights ago? I listened to the fiasco on the scanner and from what I heard it should have been front-page news. State Police,Sheriff's,National Grid,Multiple depts hook and ladders and several ambulances on the scene.They couldn't find the hydrant under the snow.I heard one fireman say something about the structure in flames and the hydrant was supposed to be 200 yards from their location and they'd have to dig it out.4 people were transported to the hospital 1 was "unresponsive". They used 2 hook and ladder trucks to block off county rt 45, one at Silk Rd and one at Baldwin Rd.
-Just Wondering-
                                                                                                                             Feb 19/15

Details revealed on rape charge against Scriba man accused of killing toddler


                                                                                                                             Feb 19/15

Billy Barlow (Fry Boy)
I know that the slum lord association will be backing the "Fry Boy" as their pick for mayor. So even if the "Fry Boy" talks about a change in the parking, it is all lip service. He talked about the 43% tax increase we got, but did nothing to stop it. He had months to do something about it but sat on his hands. This kid has no business experience, other than frying dough at the local carnivals in his fry dough truck.
He has done nothing to improve the city since he has been on the council and had to be called several times just to get a few pot holes repaired. The kid still lives with Mommy and Daddy. He can not make a decision unless he is directed to do so by either Halfowitz, VanStupid, or the landlord association.
It is true that the landlords want the "Fry Boy" to be the next mayor because they need a "bobble head" to carry their water for them. You know that Waterbury will have full control of this kid, especially if this kids hormones are surging. Looks like the bottom line is, if somehow people are stupid enough to vote for the "Fry Boy", they will be voting to have the Slumlord Association
sitting in the corner office at city hall. So much for cleaning up the city and quality of life.
                                                                                                                             Feb 19/15

I want to personally THANK the person that FOUND my Wallet in downtown Oswego yesterday morning. 2/17/15
Around 9:30 Tues a.m. I dropped my wallet, out of my coat pocket. No cash, BUT 3 credit cards, Drivers Licence, Ins. cards etc. A very honest person in our Fair City, found it, and placed it in one of the Mail Boxes out in front of the Post Office. I can not begin to THANK YOU ENOUGH!
I had called the Police Station, Motor Vehicle Bureau, etc. By 2 pm, I received a phone call from the Post Master in our Oswego Office, and said we have your wallet!
THIS person could have taken off and went on a shopping spree, but NO. Not knowing who it was, ALL I can say is a sincere Thank You!
                                                                                                                             Feb 19/15

Alternate side parking causing problems in the city of Oswego


Gilligan thinks alternate parking is confusing.
HELLO!!!! They just don’t give a f**k.
DAAAH…. Here is an idea, just buy smaller snowplows.



Final Poll Results


Selection   Votes 
JOHN GOSEK  23% 13 
57 total 



Chief or Thief

It's Wednesday morning, Minnetto Town Court is tonight and by the time this is posted on line our great District Attorney may well have finalized the deal of the century with the Minetto Fire Thief.

On July 1, 2014 Joe Smegelsky was arrested on several felony counts of larceny from the Minetto Fire Department; or more accurately from the tax payers of the Minetto community. That same day he was put on PAID administrative leave from his job at the OFD. Over the next 6-8 months the Minetto Fire Thief sat home taking a fully paid summer and then winter vacation.

Finally his attorney confirmed with Greg Oakes that all significant charges would be dropped even though the State Comptroller had overwhelming proof of guilt. Then the Minetto Fire Thief convinced the OFD that he would be released of all charges and therefore should come back to work. Recently the City of Oswego accepted his suggestion and returned the Minetto Fire Thief to full duty at the OFD, no discipline whatsoever. Well, he was suspended with full pay for 8 months if you want to call that discipline.

Here is the best part, because the Fire Thief was out of work on paid leave he was not able to take is vacations, personal time, sick time, etc that is entitled to him by working for the OFD. Now that he is back to work he will get to take extra vacations this year to make up for the vacations he wasn't able to take while out on "paid administrative leave". How do I get 8 months paid leave from my employer? You think this can't be true? Call a city councilor and ask or foil it. It's all public information. Sometimes the truth is harder to believe than fiction.

I've read that Greg Oakes feels it is justice served to drop all charges against the Fire Thief. He justifies that the Fire Thief has paid restitutions, Seriously? The Fire Thief was Chief for ten years. The comptrollers office investigated one year and found over $20,000 in theft. That's just what they found, how much more was there in that year that they didn't find or couldn't prove? Then times that number by 10 years and he hasn't even paid back the interest. Regardless of his restitution, this man works a job that goes into peoples homes on a regular basis. An absolute position of public trust. He's not the guy picking up your trash at the street corner he is the guy coming into your bedroom in the middle of the night when your having a medical emergency. Mr. Oakes, how do you sweep this kind of issue aside and tomorrow prosecute a homeless man for stealing a loaf of bread at Walmart. Two words explain it. "DIRTY POLITICS". It's what this County was founded on.

I encourage everyone to call or email the DA today. Tell him what a disappointment this whole case has become. Here's the number 315-349-3200 and email swettering@oswegocounty.com . It won't help but it might make you feel better, and remember this come election time.




Today's Quote, February 18/15

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
Michael Jordan

State law trumps local bans on where sex offenders can live, NY's top court rules


                                                                                                                             Feb 18/15

If building is listed as protected,then all kinds of monies are there {fed} but ,if it is only listed, as reg. then there is no legal recourse, other than the taxpayers of the city of Oswego pay the bill to bring it up to the basic way it was. And would a developer want to spend 3 to 5 mil. and sign a doc. Saying ,yes I will spend lots of money to save a building, that is worth nothing, but the property is worth more. Let alone , is the soil o.k.?, water lines and sewer lines big enough for six appts. And kitchen, and restrooms on the first floor. Does it need a sewer enjector pit or pump station? By the time this all gets figured out in two years, the building will have fallen in may of 2015. And if the building falls, who is going to pay for clean up{provided that there are no contamination in the soil} and site removal, the taxpayers? If there are contam. And sewer cannot handle, Mr. miller will be glad that he lost , Unless , he had 3 to 5 mil. to blow.
And also , how about the containment wall that has to be built, separating the building from the river for sewer reasons, state law. This is not a cheap project, this is a major undertaking. The people asking the protection for this building , asking the taxpayers of Oswego, to flip the bill, if it cannot go with fed. monies and it has to come out of the city of Oswego taxpayers pockets? How many active taxpayers in the city? 30,000 If each taxpayer could shell out, about, $1.00 for 30,000 =$30,000.00 $ 10.00 for 30,000 {people} =$300,000.00 $100.00 for 30,000 {people} =3,000,000.00 and if the project went to a cost of 6 mil. then the people would only have to pay out of pocket ?200.00 But the people should get a refund, because the person or persons will be refund the taxpayers of Oswego, for the investment put into this building, and now ,what is the selling price of the building, if the city {taxpayers} puts in 3 mil. or 4 mil. or 5 mil. ,etc.
                                                                                                                             Feb 18/15

A Problem...
This is for the council...change the hours of alternate street parking, from 9PM-9AM, one side, then other. Most businesses close at 9PM, the ones that don't aren't really affected. By 9AM, parking ban is lifted, and businesses should not be affected. For those who don't work, they may get out and about which would mean less cars in roads. Hell, they may even shovel. Think about it. Doing away with it all together would be harsh to most. Then, you will hear bitching about how many cars are blocking sidewalks. What then, drivers come first! Barlow has exhibited classism in his recent statements, which is a discriminatory attitude toward people, that no politician should ever identify with, or be a proponent of...period. That is a problem.
                                                                                                                             Feb 18/15






Today's Quote, February 17/15

“In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.”
Henry Brooks Adams

Billy Barlow?
I went to school with a Billy Barlow.He played the drums and did a lot of drugs.If he's the same one I know then he should make a typical Mayor of Oz.His brother C. is a serial rapist so he'll be able to keep him out of jail.Billy is also mildly retarded from all the LSD so he'll be easier to control.If Ed were to have every polling place in Oz on video we'd see who's voting where. Could the State get involved with monitoring the election?

                                                                                                                             Feb 17/15

I didn't know the Waterbury connection with Barlow...This all makes sense now his connection with all these other slumlords..I think with your help Ed we could fix a lot of problems..keep up the good work...
                                                                                                                             Feb 17/15

Utica Street Hill
Person who keeps Complaining. Move off the Hill, Fool!
                                                                                                                             Feb 17/15

This is Doug Waterbury's Daughter.
I suggest you check your facts before posting because I have not been dating Billy Barlow for over year, not that it is any of Oswego's business. Please stop referencing me in your responses against Billy Barlow or my father.
Have a great night,
                                                                                                                             Feb 17/15

Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' singer and 'Batman' actress, dies at 68


                                                                                                                             Feb 17/15






Today's Quote, February 16/15

“I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”

 Galileo Galilei


Minetto FD Chief

A little searching on the internet about FD thefts shows that NO ONE got away with a simple violation. This is an outrage.

                                                                                                                             Feb 16/15

Petit Larceny

Oakfield FD treasurer admits to petit larceny


Grand Larceny

Former treasurer convicted of stealing money from fire department


Grand Larceny

DiNapoli: Former Crystal Beach Fire Department Treasurer Sentenced in More Than $82,000 Theft, 11/14/14

                                                                                                                             Feb 16/15



We just had our 2nd bad accident within a month, 1st was BUTLERS truck sheared off the fire hydrant, and today around 5 we had a vehicle up on each bank again just missing the hydrant. The city trucks never show up during a storm, but right after it was running water, Jim get your priorities straight , BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                              Feb 16/15

Fire Thief Smegelsky and Oaks

$1000 donation??? My guess is it was probably donated to Oaks.
Community Service?? Banging Amedio's daughter.
Life in the fast lane in Oz.

                                                                                                                              Feb 16/15


Billy Barlow???

What the hell is this guy, Billy Barlow,  all about?  He actually makes sense.   http://oswegocountytoday.com/oswego-councilor-barlow-denounces-alternate-parking-demands-re-evaluation/

Totally atypical for OZ elected officials.  Looks like the local landlord association will have to activate the phantom college student vote and get him out of there.


1-     He is Doug ”the slug” Waterbury’s, daughter’s boyfriend.

2-     He is the slumlord associations pick for mayor.

3-     You can fully expect they will be bussing all their tenants to the polls.

4-     You can bet the recent overhaul of Waterbury’s website “inside oswego” is part of their

        gearing up for the election season.

5-     The recent statements about parking are more or less an unofficial campaign kickoff.

6-     If no one besides Gilligan steps up “this guy” is your next mayor.




Mon, weds ,fri are even days,  houses that have even numbers, there you go . tues , thurs, and sat .odd days. Forget about the cal. That is using odd or even dates. Mon is even and when the clock strikes midnight, the next day, tues is now odd,park on odd side, real simple. But in the winter, different story,still go with what side of the street you should park, but only to clear driveway, and then put your car or truck  back in driveway. If you have babysitter, if you can, pull your car or truck out ,so that sitter can pull into your driveway spot. Just a suggestion.

                                                                                                                             Feb 16/15






Today's Quote, February 15/15

“When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.”
Frederick Douglass

Lori Jo Murphy, Watertown, NY
Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 037135; Cal. No. 15431
Regents Action Date: April 24, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she revealed confidential information about a client without the client's consent, and further offered to hire a client to work for her.

This slug folded her tent and moved to Oz where she started doing the same sh!t all over again.

Go to this site where she claims to be a doctor.

Currently before the Court is Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction by which they
seek to enjoin Defendants from (1) taking any action that would force Plaintiff John Doe to leave
his home during the term of his probation, (2) taking any action which would prevent or harass
Plaintiff John Doe from seeking or initiating treatment with a qualified psychologist or therapist other than Defendant Murphy…… http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-nynd-5_06-cv-


                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15

Suny Oswego Student Arrested On Rape Charges.



                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15

Poll, Oakes and Smegelsky
The poll you have out there is great. I see Charlie is the most trustworthy of all the ones you listed, and that is not surprising. I see that there are still a few pervert lovers that voted for Gosick , and the scum bag from Minetto/OFD employee and Oakes received 1 vote each.
It is shocking that Oakes, the D.A. for Oswego County, who is supposed to prosecute "Felons" was addressing the Minetto Town Board as a defender of this felonious scumbag. The Town Board has no say in the judicial proceedings as this would be up to the Town Judge. I would say that the comets directed at Oakes and Smeglesky were very good and it is clear that the Board and the people of Minetto want this man punished for stealing their $22,000. I would think that the article that was in the Palladium-Times should be given to the State Attorney General so he could investigate Oakes for mis-conduct. D.A Oakes should resign his position and should be brought up on charges for publicly trying to influence the Town Judge's decision on this case. If anything less than a class 4 felony is handed down, then politics has seeped into the justice system and it is no better than the sewer running under the road.
If Smegelsky gets to keep his job in the OFD because he was given a misdemeanor because of politics in the District Attorney's Office, then Oakes should be fired!
                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15
I should probably apologise to Mr. Manson. The buttons on the poll got screwed up the first day and some people mistakenly voted for Gosek when they were trying to vote for Manson.

Bumpy City Street in Oswego
I think I now understand why our "do nothing mayor and the comedy council" have not repaired the pot holes and our washboard streets. It is really for our benefit....every time I hit one of he hundreds of pot hole, or go across a section of streets that are like a wash board, the crap and ice that has accumulated in my car's wheel wells breaks off, from the jarring that the car takes and is deposited in the street for someone behind me to hit. Thanks Mr. Mayor and Comedy Council for you utmost concern for our cars, and for raising our taxes so the money would not be used to repair the roads. Without you using that tax increase you gave us to repair the roads, and your concern for our cars, we would have had to kick that snow and ice, (that has not been plowed off the streets), out of our wheel wells, possibly saving us from injuring our self or cause personal damage to our cars.
Rest assured when I go to the voting booth this year, I will take into consideration you concern for our well being and the pleasure you have given us to have the opportunity to drive over these wonderful pot holed and snow covered roads. Thank you.......can hardly wait to vote!
                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15

Fire Thief Joe
So as long as you wake up at 2am (WHICH IS PART OF YOUR JOB A CAREER HE CHOSE) and repay back all the restitution and donate a $1,000 you can get away stealing towns people's money? Where does Oakes get off thinking because Joe works that should be considered in his plea deal. Give me an f'ing break! Nothing like taking care of your own just because he's a member of the fire department. 6 weeks community service. Would you want this thief in your area?

I can tell you one thing. I've been watching Joe. There is no way he had a landscape company. I've never seen an ad in the paper with his name on it nor one in his front yard. I can guarantee he voluntary took the fire department's lawn mower to mow his own yard. I only know because he would bring it to his house then pack it back in when he was done. I don't know about y'all but my lawn mower stays in the garage.
Another note. I am sure not all of Minetto Firemen knew about Fire Thief Joe. However a select few did. In fact they were such good buddies they even came over last summer to help him clear his land. That I believe he stole with the townspeople's money. Where else does somebody come up with $20,000 to buy vacant land that wasn't for sale? Those few should be held accountable.

If any of us regular Joe's stole $22,000 we'd all be in jail.

Where did this $1,000 that he had to donate go? Do we know if it actually made it there?
                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15

When are they going to start ticking for overnight parking the streets they are a mess.
                                                                                                                             Feb 15/15






Today's Quote, February 14/15

                                                                                                                             Feb 14/15


  # 2-Drug School in Nation

  Now a Rape in Hart Hall

  Come on Stanley & Blissert earn that Big salary..

  Do something !!! With these Students..Never had these   Problems when a " Man" Ran the College.

                                                                                                                             Feb 14/15


211 Program Highlights County’s Human Service Agencies


                                                                                                                              Feb 14/15


This sounds like a good program however as I browsed through the Disabled Veterans resources section http://211cny.com/catsearch.php?cat=dvet   I found this fat useless piece of human waste.


 Lori Murphy, MSW, LCSW-R


Did anyone bother to check the licensing, complaints, judgments or anything else about these people or is this site just a compilation of junk they found floating around the Internet????????????????


The fact that Lori Murphy is listed brings the credentials of everyone else into question. So I would advise anyone using this new site or this new service to proceed at your own risk.



Who Made The Law


From Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LAW, noun [Latin lex; from the root of lay. See lay. A law is that which is laid, set or fixed, like statute, constitution, from Latin statuo.]


1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly their social actions. Laws are imperative or mandatory, commanding what shall be done; prohibitory, restraining from what is to be forborn; or permissive, declaring what may be done without incurring a penalty. The laws which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures.

LAW is beneficence acting by rule.


2. Municipal law is a rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power of a state, commanding what its subjects are to do, and prohibiting what they are to forbear; a statute.

Municipal or civil laws are established by the decrees, edicts or ordinances of absolute princes, as emperors and kings, or by the formal acts of the legislatures of free states. law therefore is sometimes equivalent to decree, edict, or ordinance.


3. law of nature, is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator, and existing prior to any positive precept. Thus it is a law of nature, that one man should not injure another, and murder and fraud would be crimes, independent of any prohibition from a supreme power.


4. Laws of animal nature, the inherent principles by which the economy and functions of animal bodies are performed, such as respiration, the circulation of the blood, digestion, nutrition, various secretions, etc.


5. Laws of vegetation, the principles by which plats are produced, and their growth carried on till they arrive to perfection.


6. Physical laws, or laws of nature. The invariable tendency or determination of any species of matter to a particular form with definite properties, and the determination of a body to certain motions, changes, and relations, which uniformly take place in the same circumstances, is called a physical law These tendencies or determinations, whether called laws or affections of matter, have been established by the Creator, and are, with a peculiar felicity of expression, denominated in Scripture, ordinances of heaven.


6-b. The laws of OZ, which much like the laws of Physics and Nature tend to be in a state of flux and all too often dependant on the direction of the wind.


7. Laws of nations, the rules that regulate the mutual intercourse of nations or states. These rules depend on natural law or the principles of justice which spring from the social state; or they are founded on customs, compacts, treaties, leagues and agreements between independent communities.

By the law of nations, we are to understand that code of public instruction, which defines the rights and prescribes the duties of nations, in their intercourse with each other.


8. Moral law a law which prescribes to men their religious and social duties, in other words, their duties to God and to each other. The moral law is summarily contained in the decalogue or ten commandments, written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, and delivered to Moses on mount Sinai.

Exodus 20:1.


9. Ecclesiastical law a rule of action prescribed for the government of a church; otherwise called canon law


10. Written law a law or rule of action prescribed or enacted by a sovereign, and promulgated and recorded in writing; a written statute, ordinance, edict or decree.


11. Unwritten or common law a rule of action which derives its authority from long usage, or established custom, which has been immemorially received and recognized by judicial tribunals. As this law can be traced to no positive statutes, its rules or principles are to be found only in the records of courts, and in the reports of judicial decisions.


12. By-law, a law of a city, town or private corporation. [See By.]


13. Mosaic law the institutions of Moses, or the code of laws prescribed to the Jews, as distinguished from the gospel.


14. Ceremonial law the Mosaic institutions which prescribe the external rites and ceremonies to be observed by the Jews, as distinct from the moral precepts, which are of perpetual obligation.


15. A rule of direction; a directory; as reason and natural conscience.

These, having not the law as a law to themselves. Romans 2:12.


16. That which governs or has a tendency to rule; that which has the power of controlling.

But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7:1.


17. The word of God; the doctrines and precepts of God, or his revealed will.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2.


18. The Old Testament.

Is it not written in your law I said, ye are gods? John 10:34.


19. The institutions of Moses, as distinct from the other parts of the Old Testament; as the law and the prophets.


20. A rule or axiom of science or art; settled principle; as the laws of versification or poetry.


21. law martial, or martial law the rules ordained for the government of an army or military force.


22. Marine laws, rules for the regulation of navigation, and the commercial intercourse of nations.


23. Commercial law law-merchant, the system of rules by which trade and commercial intercourse are regulated between merchants.


24. Judicial process; prosecution of right in courts of law

Tom Touchy is a fellow famous for taking the law of every body.

Hence the phrase, to go to law to prosecute; to seek redress in a legal tribunal.


25. Jurisprudence; as in the title, Doctor of Laws.


26. In general, law is a rule of action prescribed for the government of rational beings or moral agents, to which rule they are bound to yield obedience, in default of which they are exposed to punishment; or law is a settled mode or course of action or operation in irrational beings and in inanimate bodies.

                                                                                                                             Feb 14/15







Today's Quote, February 13/15

"A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power"
George Meredith

Take a ride the whole length of Utica st. and u only see about three hydrants cleared. I love the one in front of Rabys house on Utica between 6th and7th. that would go up like a tinder box, oh that's right to much shopping to be done .
                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15

Prosecutor or Public Defender
Question of the week is: Does New York State law allow a county DA also be a public defender.
                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15

54 w 5th sale
There is a rosy article about the West Side Neighbors, LLC on I heart Oswego. It doesn't tell the story about the shady collusion with Lee Walker to obtain this house.
                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15

                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15

$megelsky vs Tibedeau
Oakes and $megelsky speak the same language. Tibedeau can't speak the language because he has no $. Get it? I'm hoping that Judge King gets it also, the rest of us do.
                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15

Smegelski’s Girlfriend
I saw the picture of Joe on your site and that makes me not want to see Amedio’s dadughter.
The scum always rises to the top.
                                                                                                                             Feb 13/15






Today's Quote, February 12/15

"It sets a bad precedence.

It'll tell other people in the future if you want to steal from the public,

as long as you pay it back when you get caught, that it's OK. And that's not right,"
Minetto Town Supervisor
William Dodd.

If I were mayor, it would go like this! Your fired and your chief will be the last to know, and do not ask me for a reference and you have 10 secs. To get out of my office!
                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15

Smegelsky Joseph M Jr.; Gregg Oakes
How and why did that little man, Gregg Oakes, address the Minetto Town Board, trying to convince them that Smegelsky deserves another chance? After all, he only stole $22,000 and who knows what he stole from the Oswego Fire Department. He has dishonored his profession, himself, his entire family and stole money from his neighbors in Minetto and probably the taxpayers in the City of Oswego. When did it fall under the preview of the Minetto Town Board to decide the fate of the scum bag, their job is to legislate, and last time I looked, the fate of this scumbag falls under the judicial branch.

Oakes is such a fool and has shown just how political he is when it comes to justice. This whole deal is to not have Semgelsky get a felony so he can keep his job with the Oswego Fire Department, but yet with overwhelming evidence pointing the finger at other people in the Heidi Allen case, he kept Tibadeau in a jail cell for 20 years for a crime that he may not have committed, based on the evidence that Oakes suppressed.

Now he wants to let a felon go with no punishment. Lets remember that this jerk (Oakes) is up for re-election this year, and it is time for Oswego County to stand up and be counted; vote the bastard out of office. Oakes and Semgelsky are two of a kind....no damn good!
                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15

All White OFD
You were right Ed. This mayor won’t hire any ethnic people anywhere in the city but he will keep this lowlife that should be in jail.
                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15
I am not done with that one yet.

Minetto FD
I cannot believe what I am reading about Chief Joe Smegelsky of the Minetto FD. The District Attorney is going to throw the entire case out the window ? Ok, maybe not totally out but down to a simple violation. Is he crazy !!! Guess this sets the bar for any future thefts. Must be it is perfectly fine to "borrow" money from the Minetto FD at any time in the future. I understand his brother is now the Chief in Minetto does that mean he has complete control of the purse strings also? Wonder if he is planning any big purchases during his term, I am sure his brother has shown him the right way to do it.

This is just unbelievable. I cannot understand how someone steals $25K and truly gets away with it. What is our county coming too. Maybe being an Oswego City fireman has its perks outside of the city also.

Where will the taxes in Minetto go in the future?
                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15

This bitch DA was whining about the press coverage of the Thibedou hearing and now he is in front of the tv and newspaper pleading to drop all felony charges agains this fireman. Why isn’t the state attorney general all over this or is he just as crooked as Spitzer. Not one rpublican or one democrat is saying anything so you know this is a done deal.
                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15

Oneida County man charged with writing checks to himself on fire department's account
This poor bastard takes a measly $3,600 and was arraigned and remanded to the Oneida County Jail without bail. He should have been arrested in Oswego County. Smegelski riped off the Minetto Fire Department for $22,000 and used some of the money to buy a hand gun. He still has the gun and his pistol permit. He never saw any jail time and the District Attorney wants to drop the charges because he is a nice guy.


                                                                                                                             Feb 12/15







Today's Quote, February 11/15

“We must take a stand against corruption right here, right now. Public service is a sacred trust, and we cannot allow it to be sullied by anyone . . . Democrat or Republican.”
Ken Mehlman




Last night the District Attorney spent a good hour pleading his case

a case that would end with all charges being dropped.
                                                                                                                             Feb 11/15

bridge street
I am sorry for my comment on the removal of the houses that are on west bridge st. between w.9th and towards the fork of the road. After all those houses do bring in 222.00 per quarter on water and sewer and city, county and school tax per year. Maybe the thing to do, since that there is a delevp. Agency, I am sure they have a plan, and have been working with the eng, dept. county and state, To help those who own those houses, is to make them look nice, after all, people do, from out of town, drive through our city and site see.
                                                                                                                             Feb 11/15

Holy cash cow!!! unlimited overtime for the grounds department again this year. three shifts, a dozen additional temporary workers, unlimited overtime and a supervisor who flies around campus like a meth head on crack and the roads, parking lots & side walks are "still" nearly impassable. Maybe, like everything else on that campus, plowing should be contracted out to PAC!
                                                                                                                             Feb 11/15

Fat Ass Firemen
Just saw a fat ass fireman digging out the fire hydrant. He was delivered to the hydrant by the huge fire truck. What would be wrong with making this trip in the new pick up truck we just bought them to the tune of $40,000? Another example of the heroes thumbing their noses at the over burdened tax payer.
                                                                                                                             Feb 11/15

Wow, can't believe he is getting away with stealing all that money! He's a lucky man, Shana doesn't care that he's a thief, or that he is banging Amedios daughter.... That's a girl with great self esteem right there!
                                                                                                                             Feb 11/15






Today's Quote, February 10/15

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
Alice Walker

District Attorney Oaks To Address Minetto Town Board Tonight
It seems DA Oaks is taking time off from framing Gary Thibodeau to come to the town meeting Tuesday night. It is rumored he plans to lay the ground work for the hand slapping he is going to let Joe Smegelski off with. That is right big mouth Joe was bragging a month ago how he was going to get off with a “violation” not even a misdemeanor and restitution of an amount he and the DA already worked out and has already been paid. It amounts to about half of what was stolen and the town supervisor is going to recommend for everyone to go along with it. How many of us here in Minetto have forgotten the manager at Stewarts that was caught ripping off lottery tickets. That was only a few thousand and she got petty larceny and probation. Before this I didn’t have a n opinion about the Thibodeau case but now I have no doubt as how crooked the DA and the Sherrifs are. Everyone in this town should come out and go to the meeting.
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

I looked up the Town web site and could not find anything about their meeting schedule. It is either a poor website or they have secret meetings. I called someone I knew who said they believed it was at 6:30 at the town hall. If I hear anything different I will post it.
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

A mystery of what happened to Heidi Allen?
And like the mystery and disappearance in the Heidi Allen case - what happened to the records from the Coyle murder? Wasn't there a some sort of confession or trial about it? This needs to be reopened to find out the truth about what happened THAT NIGHT
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

Winter, snow, parking,school bus stops
Clear your driveways and sidewalks and get your cars and trucks back in the driveways and off the street, so the plows can plow!
How lazy can people can be or important that there cars or trucks have to stay on the streets? If I were mayor, do your business in your drive ways and then get them off the streets and back into offstreet parking! I want streets clear and bus stops clear and for the crossing, I would want lic. Plate numbers, because they are going to court real fast. Protect the kids, get the cars off the street, and forget alt. parking in the winter, and clear intersection sidewalk entrances for school people, fire and police and people walking there pets or just doing there exc. Or enjoying the day! Worrying about streets and those fine looking houses on west bridge street and the landlords that are not making there sidewalks clear in the morning for the school kids or mail people or, in case the fire dept. or police had to gain accsess to a house or building in a emer.
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

Mayor Gillen Issues Winter Snow Advisory For Oswego

                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

west bridge house
Food for thought, houses that are on west bridge ,between west 8th and heading west towards the old woodshead, why not take out those houses, since ,if you put in any monies, might be a waste, and the houses are so close together, why not just take them out and make them lawns or trees or both, heck, a lot of those houses ,on avg. worth 50,000.00 each. Buy them out, and make it look nice. That would be a big start, instead of paving and the problem of bad streets still has not been addressed, because the aldermen do not know why the streets do what they do.
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

In house of horrors Jeremiah Jones, 2, died violently


                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

City permits
OSWEGO — The Common Council will hold a public hearing tonight regarding a new local law forcing those seeking city permits to have their taxes, water and sewer bills and parking tickets paid on time.
No organization that is in any way exempt from any tax whatsoever should not be allowed to get any special permit!
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15

Utica man supporting rats
Maybe homeland security should find the jackass politician that got these people green cards'
                                                                                                                             Feb 10/15






Today's Quote, February 9/15

“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.”
William Tecumseh Sherman

11 big revelations that wouldn't have surfaced without Heidi Allen kidnapping


                                                                                                                             Feb 9/15



Oswego State 2nd Highest " Drug School " in the Nation

Turning a blind eye to drugs and alcohol along with their soft curriculum are what keeps the classrooms full.

                                                                                                                             Feb 9/15

Crossing Guards
WHERE ARE THE POLICE IN THE MORNING??????? The crossing guards are walking out into the intersections to make sure the kids are crossing safely. Every morning at Bunner and 8th cars drive around the crossing guard. So are we going to wait for a child to be hit before something is done? I don't only blame the OPD I also blame the A$$ hole drivers. Hit one of my kids the city and the driver will work for me. Heres an idea let the crossing guard jobs be done by local bikers......problem solved
                                                                                                                             Feb 9/15

Lets not forget the City of Ozwego enforces laws and ordinances on a complaint driven basis. So until there is an official complaint there are no laws being broken or children in danger and since the city blocks this site from it’s computer network complaints hereon are probably considered nonexistent.






Today's Quote, February 8/15

"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule."
Charles Dickens

Not sure about fire or police plans, but, for municipal employees only
retiree coverage is paid. Dependent coverage is paid for by the retired
employee and it's very expensive.
                                                                                                                             Feb 8/15

Instead of shopping in every store ,they better clear some hydrants , u can only see the top of some. And whats with these city workers , its gotta be a boring 8 hr ride around for the TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT ,two in a truck,what a waste of fuel and salary, no lines to paint, no signs to put up, and finally who is THE SUPERVISOR IN GREY PICKUP that hangs out in ocfcu. This city is a joke,do what u want who cares .

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                                                                                                                             Feb 8/15

Who do you think kidnapped Heidi Allen? A syracuse.com poll


                                                                                                                             Feb 8/15

Utica man among six charged with providing support to ISIS terrorists

                                                                                                                             Feb 8/15





Today's Quote, February 7/15

“One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.”
Ronald Reagan

intersections where parks end and begin
Lets make sure that we maintain the sidewalks and the path when they cross the street to use the side walk of the parks, but, how is anyone, be it landlord or private person, suppose to maintain the corner, when the plow trucks bang the corner, and yet, when the city park snowthrower shows, it cannot clear the opposite side of park! And being and school bus stop, no less. Making sidewalks and streets and with proper drainaged is correct, but look at what a person is responsible, when a person cannot clear out what the plow truck has put therte, unless renting equipment or hiring it out to clear! Let us see how this is going to be handled!
                                                                                                                             Feb 7/15
They will probably be ignored as usual.

The question did not get answered, does the health insurance coverage stay with the spouse after the person who was the provider, dies?
                                                                                                                             Feb 7/15

Deputy blabbed about informant before Heidi Allen kidnapping


                                                                                                                             Feb 7/15

Key Heidi Allen kidnapping witness Jennifer Wescott takes the stand


                                                                                                                             Feb 7/15





Today's Quote, February 5/15

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
Rosa Parks

                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15


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                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

re: yes firefighters pensions in ny are transferable to the widow of that firefighter the same benefit applies to police officers in nys. not sure if all public employees get this or just police and fire.

also pensions after retirement are paid out by investments of the money that was paid in by municipality during the retirees employment so once someone retires tax payers are no longer paying for them.

the real problems stem from upstate taxpayers supporting the special rules NYC has police and fire down there are retiring with 6 digit pensions at 90 percent of average salary without paying into it for those costs while upstate police and fire are getting 50 percent and paying into the system their fair share.
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

Oswego State 2nd Highest " Drug School " in the Nation !
And J. Blissert said its Only a Little Pot sometimes.
She needs to Take a Hit !!!!!!!
2nd in the Nation ..???
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

this is where the OFD should be at

9 FF on duty (1. 3man engine, 1. 3man truck, 1. 2man rescue, 1. 1man command vehicle)

1 station (close the west side it serves no purpose and that truck is routinely on east side all day)

no ambulance

no code enforcement

no separate ems education dept. (county already does this)

Fedup Oswego Taxpayer
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

bus stops
Time to make sure that the DPW, and the PARKS and the School dist, know where the bus stops are and work together to snow remove or replace snow, for these bus stops, And once again, keep the side walks clear, Landlords, get a glove and get in the game, care how you want people to know that you care about the property you own and also care about safety of your tenants and others , if there was ever a problem that first responders could not gain access to your property or someone else to there property, because you did not keep your sidewalks clear, and do not put it in the hands of your tenants to cut the grass and take care of clearing the sidewalks and keeping corners clear? After all, is a house that is a rental worth less in taxes and less in property value, than the same type of house if it were to be a single family? Now is anyone blaming some people for living outside the city limits and not going to know who there neighbor’s are? Houses get run down for on reason or another, someone buys cheap, turns into rental, collect monies and does not care about making the house look nice or maintaining proper code of pride.
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15







Today's Quote, February 4/15

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
Walter Bagehot

Income in and expense out
Where is the income base coming from? People commuting outside the city or county? Are people coming into the city of Oswego because of income or part of a welfare system.Is it in part of the college work load or in part, is it because of the nuke plants or alcan or our fine tattoo places or peoplefest. We must look at what the city of Oswego has to offer. People are working out of town, but living , either in the city or the county. So what is the prime
Part of income. Is more coming in or more going out. Is the businesses bring in a tax base, along with rental properties, to support ,police, fire and dpw. In a proper ratio! And just out of curiosity, if a fireman retires and happens to pass on , does the spouse continue to get health insurance, until she dies, or does it stop when the fireman dies? I am guessing that the spouse will continue to receive pension ,until she passes, and not transferable!
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

2015 CNY Boat Show Adds Suddenly-In-Command Learning Drill for Public Aboard Vessel
Syracuse, NY – What do you do when you are enjoying a boat ride and an emergency suddenly occurs and you find yourself in charge of the boat? To find out, visit the February 11-15, 2015 Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY, and participate in a free and fun, but deadly serious, hands-on learning experience aboard a boat that could save your life and others.

New York Sea Grant and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) are offering an interactive Suddenly-In-Command training experience at the 5-day event that is the largest and oldest boat show in New York State. The introductory program will engage visitors aboard a 28-foot pontoon boat as if an emergency on the water has occurred.

The public will participate in a life jacket drill with various types of floatation and inflatable life vests; learn basic boating terminology, equipment and operations to be able to assess, stabilize and pilot a boat and summon assistance; learn the three different types of emergency flares and see how a flare is safely ignited in a live demonstration.

New York Sea Grant and USCGA instructors suggest arriving early for seating aboard the boat provided by Frontenac Harbor for use as the Suddenly-In-Command education vessel at the show at the New York State Fairgrounds. Bleacher seating will also be available for the Suddenly-In-Command Intro sessions at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday; and 12pm and 2pm on Sunday at the Central New York Boat Show in the Horticulture building.

‘The 2015 Central New York Boat Show is pleased to bring this critical water safety education to show visitors this year to help protect family members and boat passengers who may suddenly find themselves in an emergency situation and in charge of getting the boat back to shore or getting help,’ said CNY Boat Show Manager Drew Wickham.

The Central New York Boat Show fills three buildings with 500-plus models of boats of all styles, personal watercraft, and marine accessories, along with boating and fishing guides; charter captains; yacht clubs; waterfront destinations; and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The 2015 New York Sea Grant Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessels will be at the show with information on life jacket and boating safety and voluntary watercraft inspection 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-9pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday at the NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. Admission is $10/person, children 13 and younger enter free, with free parking and shuttles. Learn more at www.cnyboatshow.com.

More Info and Statistics:
According to the New York State 2013 Recreational Boating Report:
. New York State ranks 7th in the U.S. for number of registered boats with nearly 457,000 registered powerboats and approximately 300,000 non-power watercraft

. the types of emergencies that can occur with recreational boating include collisions, grounding, capsizing, person overboard or ejected from the boat, sudden illness, and fire or explosion

. 63 percent of emergencies occur while cruising or drifting on the water.

The show sponsor, Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY, recently received the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Bill Ferguson Award for outstanding service to members and public education outreach at the annual CNY Boat Show.

The event also offers free Young Boater Safety Certification Training that is required for ages 10-17 to operate a boat or personal watercraft alone on NY waters. New York Sea Grant is taking registrations at 315-312-3012.
                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

Oswego man and woman charged with sex abuse of 11-year-old


                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15

Oswego man and woman charged with sex abuse of 11-year-old
Moe is looking kinda peaked I seen better lookin people in a pine box.


                                                                                                                             Feb 4/15






Today's Quote, February 3/15

“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.”
Ayn Rand

Report: Did NY Thruway officials use state phones to call prostitutes?


                                                                                                                             Feb 3/15

Cahill Bld.
Four or five million would be a drop in the bucket if that’s all it took to renovate the building. That’s actually not a bad price tag, but at best, its wishful thinking. Keep in mind you’re trying to build a structure around a pile of debris of who knows what hazardous content. Federal money and grants, where to you think that eventually comes from, foreign taxpayers? Hammill and the carney Coleman, along with the O’ Day shysters, robbed the city and left a historic building to crumble. What once was a symbol of Oswego’s glory days is now testimony to the greed and stupidity that has gained a much greater foundation than the Cahill building ever had. Regretfully our opportunity to act in preserving this building has long past. Give up the ghost and let’s move Oswego forward not backwards. – Mayor Ralph

                                                                                                                             Feb 3/15

Late Filing Penalties for W-2 and W-3 Forms
What's up with our W-2's Pamma. We are making the calls today. Most of the employee's were let go early 2013 and we still got to wait again ! Don't think so this time. You pay the fines for all of us we're turning it in, except one, he's gone !

Jr. Soprano

                                                                                                                             Feb 3/15

New Lewis County Maple Trail App Ready to Lead Consumers to Sweet 2015 Maple Weekend Sites
Croghan, NY. A new Lewis County Maple Trail app will guide those in search of sweet treats made from the sap of the abundant maple trees in the upstate NY county that leads the state in the number of maple farms by county. The Lewis County Maple Trail is the latest addition to the instant info available by app for activities, shopping options, restaurants and accommodations in Lewis County.

Five sugarhouses and the American Maple Museum are participating in the new Android and I-Phone-friendly mobile app titled ‘Adirondacks Tug Hill Region Our backyard. Your Adventure.’

The participating sites include Moser’s Maple, Croghan; Moser’s Mapleridge Farm, Copenhagen; the Oswegatchie Educational Center, Croghan; Swiss’er Sweet Maple, Castorland; and Yancey’s Sugarbush, Croghan.

The sites will be making syrup and sugarcakes and offering New York State Maple Weekend tastings and tours on March 21-22 and March 28-29. Some sites use horse-drawn sleds to bring sap to the sugarhouse; some have the most modern of maple equipment at work. The American Maple Museum in Croghan will be serving Maple Weekends pancake breakfasts. Check the app or link at www.mapleweekend.com for days and hours of availability.

The app, developed by the Lewis County Maple Producers Association and Lewis County Planning Department, also works without cell phone reception to lead visitors to the Lewis County Maple Producers Association member sites.

The Adirondacks Tug Hill Region Our backyard. Your Adventure app is available in winter and summer editions with cultural and history sites as well as outdoor recreation, ATMs, Wi-Fi locations, and camping opportunities. Trail options also include routes for driving, hiking, ATV and horseback riding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Waypoint and GPS features enhance usability of the new app. Learn more at www.adirondackstughill.com/index.php/mobile-apps

 or contact the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce at 315-376-2213, 800-724-0242.
                                                                                                                             Feb 3/15







Today's Quote, February 2/15

“Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.”
Langston Coleman

comm. building
When having tenants in a comm.. building, must have emer. Generator to supply power to sprinker pump for building in case of power outage. Was that in his building request. Is it in the commons building on west 1st. and bridge? Some times water preasure will not be available in the case of a power outage, does the city have the gen. or back up power to provide water preasure to the hydrants? And these people are worrying about the streets as a number one concern? Really? In building something, we kind of start at the bottom and work up, to secure the foundation of building and not paint it before it is built!
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

cahill p.s.
Meant that it is possible, that cost could hit 4 or 5 mil. does not meant that it will. Just a high ball guess. There can be a lot of hidden factors to consider, is the soil ok and not contaminated, if building gets historical protection, it has to go back to original specs. Which could be as a slate roof {not saying it was, just for example} that ,in it self is big bucks. It is possible to get fed. money for the project. Windows have to be original size, ext. has to look like it did years ago. What was the sidewalk made of, brick? Etc. This should be interesting how this is going to play out.
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15


2 men use knife, gun in Hastings robbery | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river



                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

cahill building
Hate to say this ,but, drove by the cahill building. It is getting worse.
Not to say that it may find it’s point of friction and stop. But if it keeps getting hit with rain ,snow and need to know, but I am guessing, that the structure of the building is the down preasure. With the lost of the roof, joist and flooring have taken up too much water,which means, in those days, lumber was never fast dried, which means, if it was cut and placed, it would be in greater risk of damage.Floor is failing on 2nd floor, which means that if it falls, 2nd floor on south will fall in, not out. Wall on the north will stand or might go to the inside or to the south, but for the most part, it will stand stand. I wish I could get closer and insde. Keep in mind, that there is no steel frame work, and it might be wood. But I am guessing , that it might be all stone work structure that can not handle any lateral push. I do not think the court decision was political, probadly decided on contract law. But ,if it were to be decided under construction law, they were way over there heads in bonding, ground tests, asbest. Test. And being next to the river, was proper scope of work and water control in foundation and walls researched? {wellpoint} or in the real world of construction, proper water evact. And elec. installed, to keep foundation dry. Once again, the city needs a construction dept.
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

comm. building
When having tenants in a comm.. building, must have emer. Generator to supply power to sprinker pump for building in case of power outage. Was that in his building request. Is it in the commons building on west 1st. and bridge? Some times water preasure will not be available in the case of a power outage, does the city have the gen. or back up power to provide water preasure to the hydrants? And these people are worrying about the streets as a number one concern? Really? In building something, we kind of start at the bottom and work up, to secure the foundation of building and not paint it before it is built!
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

I just read the admin law judge found in favor for the USW union to force Novelis to bargain with them. I think the employees calling for unionization of that plant are making a huge mistake....at least picking this union they are. How are they going to feel when USW gets in there and charges them $800-$1000 per year for dues? Guarantees of mediocre raises and when they do get raises the union dues go up accordingly! I wanted to apply at Novelis but if it’s going to turn into a union shop (especially with this particular union), I won’t bother. You employees out there have it pretty good. That’s about to change. I know from experience. Good luck!
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

I'm SOOOOO Proud!!!!
I'm SOOOOOOO proud to be an American!!!!!
Last month the republican controlled house of representatives slipped a little known 'rider' into the 'WE GOTTA DO IT' budget bill that gave corporations mega rights to mess with pre-agreed to and before considered sacred, established/ time honored pension/ retirement benefits.
WELLLLLLLL Guess What!?!?!?!
While all the morons were screaming about what the 'liberals' ...'conservatives'.... 'democrats'....'repuglicans' were/ ARE doing and the idiocrats were spouting ...'what RUSH SAID'... the bill quietly slipped out of committee, was voted on by BOTH sides of the house aisle, passed the senate the same way, with flags a flying and signed by the top guy. The fine print of this 'bi-partisan' screw job is buried in a huge pile of jibber jabber pages that just kinda got added to this 'but we have to vote this bill through', scam by whom...???...we have no way of knowing.
My only satisaction will be when the 'ditto-heads' have their union pensions screwed with. Oh BTW, THAT too is part of the new show....hahaha!
It didn't take Alcan/ Novelis a month to drop my (32+ years tenure) retiree life insurance. As of 01/01/2015 we Alcan retirees no longer have life insurance coverage , that was BTW, one of our long established benefits that we supposedly had earned as part of our "package " for working diligently w/ out a union.
I guess I didn't die soon enough to get mine before it was stolen by the corporations & their political flunkies, huh?
YEP! for many years I was a proud Alcan employee AND always a proud American, NOW I just feel betrayed on both points.
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15

Doesn't anyone find it strange that our city gave Coleman lots of cash !
And the building seems to be in such dire straits
the furniture and kitchen equipment our city bought
The Coleman place went to Syracuse and
I heard we gave the Coleman's1,350,000$$$$$
Not including the allowance we gave to day associates (17-20,000/month)
As well as a good amount of site work we taxpayers paid for. Imagine how nice the building would look if that all went to the building .
Old buildings give our city ambience .
Save the nice old buildings whenever we can!
Maybe former mayor Hamill can ask Coleman to give us back some money!
                                                                                                                             Feb 2/15




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




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






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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