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February 25, 2018

Fulton Council “Cleans Up Codes” After Six Public Hearings

A scarce audience provided no feedback in any of six public hearings at  Tuesday’s Common Council meeting in Fulton. “The council has been busy trying to clean up the charter and clear up some loose ends,” Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said. Read the full article for information into each of the six public hearings.


Mayor Barlow Announces Launch Of Resident Recruitment Initiative In Partnership With Major Employers In The Oswego Area

Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (Feb. 23) the launch of the Resident Recruitment Initiative, a new partnership between the city of Oswego and four major employers in and around the Oswego community. Created by Mayor Barlow and the city of Oswego, the Resident Recruitment Initiative is a comprehensive introduction and guide to the Oswego community, that will be given to new recruits and new employees of participating employers upon their hiring and orientation.

County Slates Pair Of Public Hearings

One would amend Local Law #1 of 2015 regarding extending the Residential Building Capital Improvement Exemption pursuant to Real Property Tax Law 421-f. The amendment would extend the expiration date to March 1, 2028. Also on March 15, the county will hold a public hearing regarding proposed Local Law #2 of 2018. It would update the Cold War Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption Act the county adopted in 2009.


Lakers’ unfortunate streak continues with 3-1 loss

The nationally-ranked and top-seeded Oswego State men’s ice hockey team dropped its third-straight game with a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Fredonia in a SUNYAC Championship semifinal matchup on Saturday night in the Marano Campus Center Arena. With the defeat, the Lakers move to 18-6-2 on the year while the Blue Devils improve to 13-10-4.

Lady Lakers Advance, Upset Buffalo, 5-0

The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team upset second-seeded Buffalo State, 5-0, on the road on Saturday in the first round of the NEWHL Championship. With the shutout, the Lakers improve their record to 12-12-2 on the season, while Buffalo State ends its season at 13-11-2.


Staying Safe While Ice Fishing

Each winter, fishing enthusiasts wait for the moment our local lakes and rivers freeze over and allow them to get out on the ice for some world-class ice fishing. As state senator, and an outdoor enthusiast, I know this time of year is exciting for so sportsmen, from our region and beyond. However, before you venture out on the ice it is important to make sure you have double-checked your safety list.

Time to Change the Laws to Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Last year, the Assembly Minority Conference hosted a series of forums across the state to better understand the often complex problems associated with domestic violence. During these forums, victims, advocates, service providers, law enforcement, and court personnel provided valuable insights that illustrated how our laws can be improved. As a result, my colleagues and I have recently introduced a package of bills that, if enacted, would close gaps in current law and provide law enforcement with tools they need to ultimately better protect victims of domestic violence.

February Is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which is the perfect time to start making small lifestyle changes that strengthen hearts and saves lives. Chances are you or someone you know is battling heart disease. It is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults are fighting one of the biggest contributors to heart disease and stroke, and that’s high blood pressure.

Election Day Changes Unnecessary and Costly

The Assembly Majority is once again advancing an early voting bill through committees with a vote expected on the floor in the near future. The Governor is also making his push for early voting in his budget this year. While there are slight differences between the two proposals, both would result in another unfunded mandate and change our current system when it does not need to be changed.

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Fishing Reports for February 16, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Oswego River report The water flow has been running 11,000-13,000cfs for the last couple of days. This afternoon it is flowing at 12,400cfs. The temperature reached 50 degrees yesterday but will be in the 30s over the weekend with a return


Sandra Scott Travels: It’s Time For A Science Lesson

The Houston Natural Science Museum has 16 permanent exhibitions including the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a giant screen theater. The first hall we entered had a variety of marine animals models hanging from the ceiling along with a video cam on the wall of that made it look like people were in a seal aquarium habitat. It was popular with the children because they could “walk up to the seals” and watch the seals dive in the water to get out of their way.

Sandra Scott Travels: Learn About The Life Of William Howard Taft

The 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft, who weighed 355 pounds, supposedly got stuck in the White House bathtub. It is open to conjecture; but, he did have an extra-large tub installed in the White House that could hold four ordinary men. When John and I were in Cincinnati, we visited the house where Taft was born. It is now a National Park. I have to admit, we didn’t know very much about Taft. But, during our tour of his house and the adjacent museum my ambivalence turned to respect for him.