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Kline Announces Candidacy For Reelection, Oswego County 12th Legislative District

Richard Phillip Kline, (R), Oswego County Legislator, 12th District, town of Schroeppel, has announced his candidacy for reelection. Kline owns and operates his family farm in the Sandridge area.

Richard Phillip Kline

Richard Phillip Kline

A Pennellville native, Kline served an eight-year term as town of Schroeppel councilman and he has also been Schroeppel’s deputy town supervisor.

He has received endorsements from the Oswego County Democratic Party and the Oswego County Conservative Party.

“Over my past term as a county legislator, I’ve dedicated myself to addressing the issues facing my constituents and finding solutions,” Kline said. “I’ve attended 100 percent of all county legislature and the Economic Development and Public Safety committees on which I serve. In addition, I’ve attended all Government Affairs committee meetings.

“I’ve attended more than 85% of Schroeppel Town Board meetings during my term, plus town budget and planning meetings, and I serve on the town’s Water Committee working for adequate service and fire protection.

“I’ve also attended Village of Phoenix and Town of Hastings board meetings, the Phoenix School District 2015-16 School Budget Hearing, and the 2015 Oswego County Youth of The Year Awards at the Phoenix VFW.

“In addition, I regularly attend meetings of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and I’ve nearly completed my certification through NYSAC’s Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute.

“It’s important for my constituents to know that my opponent in the upcoming Sept. 10 primary, John Brandt, has had limited attendance at these meetings. A representative cannot effectively serve his constituents if he’s not present at these meetings and active in these discussions.”

Among the issues Kline focused on during his term were accessibility of county waste transfer stations, the county’s 911 Center, efforts to reduce duplication of anti-poverty services and to promote redevelopment of old schools, churches and properties that have been off the tax roll.

“I believe we need to keep our waste transfer stations open and accessible to residents because not all towns have town-wide trash pickup,” he said. “My support also includes advocating for the transfer station imprinted trash bags for residents as an alternative to the punch card system. This is especially helpful to the elderly.

“I’ve supported a uniform fee of $3.60 per year for all county cell phone users to support our 911 center. At present, only property owners and landline owners pay a fee that supports 911, and it is not fair for them to shoulder this cost alone.

“I introduced and promoted Local Law Number One (now 485A) for rescuing and redeveloping school buildings and churches that are no longer in service. I helped establish the language of 485A so that an entity that purchases a school or church building for rehabilitation will receive tax incentives during the first ten years of ownership. This will encourage economic development and allow them to recover part of their investment while revitalizing our local heritage.

“I believe that our county government is too big and I support redistricting and reducing the size of county government in general.”

Kline attended Central Square and Phoenix schools, and he earned a Math and Science degree from Onondaga Community College. During his 26 years at UPS, Kline said he honed valuable skills that will serve his constituents well: “As a loss prevention supervisor, it was my responsibility to minimize loss and maximize efficiency over a large geographic area that included Albany, Syracuse and the Hudson Valley. I also taught supervisors basic skills in integrity and diversity training.

“I’ve brought all I’ve learned home to Oswego County and I want to continue to use my experience, abilities and skills to represent the best interests of the 12th legislative district. As a farmer who works our land I live by the credo: ‘When God wanted to get things done, He created farmers.'”

Eastern Shore Associates’ Persse Receives Chamber’s Kenneth Boutwell Award

FULTON – Jamieson Persse, commercial producer for Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, received the Kenneth Boutwell Service Award at Thursday’s (March 5) 99th annual meeting of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

The Boutwell award is given to an individual who has shown unselfish, long-term commitment to the chamber.

“Jamie exemplifies ESA’s commitment to sharing our time and talents in the communities we serve,” said Martha Murray, ESA president. “All of us at ESA congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition for his devotion to the chamber, and to the Oswego County community.”

Jamieson Persse,  (center), commercial producer for Eastern Shore Associates, (ESA), received the Kenneth Boutwell Service Award at the March 5, 99th Annual Meeting of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GOFC). The Boutwell award is given to an individual who has shown unselfish, long-term commitment to the GOFC.  He is joined by Gregory Mills, GOFC executive director, and Assistant Executive Director Danielle Hayden.

Jamieson Persse, (center), commercial producer for Eastern Shore Associates, received the Kenneth Boutwell Service Award at the March 5 annual meeting of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He is joined by Gregory Mills, GOFC executive director and assistant executive director Danielle Hayden.

Persse, a licensed Insurance broker, joined the chamber board of directors in 2008 and was elected to a two-year term as board president in 2014.

He is also a past vice president of the Eastwood Chamber of Commerce.

He has been with ESA since 2006 and resides in Hastings with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Amanda.

Other current community involvement by Persse includes membership in the town of Hastings Republican Party and Oswego County Republican committee.

He has been a member of the Oswego County Workforce Development Board since November 2014 where he serves on the Business Development Committee.IMG_1474

Past community activities include: board member and finance committee chair of the Mexico Tiger Sharks Swim Club from 2008 to 2012; Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County board member from 2008 to 2011 with one term as board president; director at large for the New York State Snowmobile Association; and past president, Christian Business Network.

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company.

ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.

“Our agency roots date back to 1846,” said Murray. “2015 is our 29th year as Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, and we have more than 100 years of continuous representation with some of our insurance companies. Other services we offer include commercial risk analysis, loss control, and employee benefits. We also meet the insurance needs of many New York municipalities, schools and emergency services.”

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, www.esainsurance.com, is a Trusted Choice independent agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company with offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, North Syracuse and Walworth.

The Fulton office can be reached at 598-6000. They are also on Facebook under “Eastern Shore Associates.”

Crash Kills A Man In Hastings

Two cars hit head-on Wednesday in the town of Hastings and the crash left a 19 year old man dead.

State Police say the accident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Route 11, just north of the Barker Rd. intersection.

Asha L. Reichel, 23, of 8 South Ave., Cortland was driving her Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Route 11.  Police believe the pickup drove into the oncoming lane and smashed head-on into a Chevy Impala being driven by Cory E. Dinant, 24, of 5 County Route 5, Hastings.

The pickup flipped onto the driver’s side of the vehicle and stopped along the shoulder of the road.

The passenger in Reichel’s truck, Thomas E. Holmquist, Jr., 19, of 790 County Route 11, West Monroe, was thrown from the truck.  He died at the scene of the accident.

Reichel and Dinant were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Raw video of the accident scene from NewsChannel 9:

Engagement: Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

Charles Collins and Michelle Haase

We were engaged on Fathers Day! We will be getting married at Sandals Dunns River Villagio in Jamaica on June 26th! Charles is a Conference Service Manager on Fort Drum and I am a teaching assistant for the Syracuse City School District. Charles’ parents are Emil and Leola Cyprian of Louisiana. My parents are Ronald and JoAnne Allen of Hastings, NY.

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Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church News

New changes are on the horizon as the Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church prepares for the fall season. October 4, 2009 through May 1, 2010 the church services will begin each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. This new time is one hour later than it has been for years. With this time change, church school will begin at 10:30a.m. The community prayer and praise sharing time will continue to follow the church service each week.

Upcoming special services will be an Evangelism Sunday Service on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and the World Communion/Rally Sunday Service on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.

The church members and friends will host a chicken-n-biscuit dinner on Friday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. as a kick off to the Parish Fall Fest. The next morning, the Parish-Hastings Presbyterian Church will be the site for the start and finish of the “Fun Walk to STOP Hunger in the Parish Area”

Hastings Crash Kills Motorcycle’s Driver

A car and motorcycle collided on Route 11 in Hastings this morning.  The motorcycle’s driver was killed.

The crash happened at about 7:20 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 11 and Hastings Transfer Station Rd. in Hastings.

State Police say that Ruby C. O’Mara, 80, of 820 US Route 11, Central Square turned left onto Hastings Transfer Station Rd., right into the path of tne oncoming motorcycle.  The motorcycle was driven by David M. Leone, 61, of 293 Baratier Road, Hastings.

The crash threw Leone from his bike.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Mara suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.  Police ticketed her for failing to yield the right of way.

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Raw video of the accident scene from NewsChannel 9:

Police: Hastings Man Sexually Abused Child

<br />Joseph V. Thompson, in a mugshot provided by the Sheriff's Department

Joseph V. Thompson, in a mugshot provided by the Sheriff's Department

A Hastings man is facing charges he sexually abused a child for nearly two years.

Joseph V. Thompson, 30, of 852 US Route 11, Hastings was arrested Saturday afternoon by Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputies.  He was charged with two counts of felony sexual abuse, a felony count of course of sexual conduct with a child, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police allege he had engaged in what they said were “numerous acts of sexual conduct” with a child 10 years old or younger.  The incidents happened between July, 2007 and Spring, 2009, according to police.

Thompson was sent to jail on bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.  He returns to Hastings town court July 27.

Syracuse Man Accused of Sodomizing Child

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HASTINGS, NY – A Syracuse man has been arrested for allegedly having anal intercourse with a child several times at a Hastings residence in 2001.

Mathew Angona

Mathew Angona

Mathew J. Angona, 23, of 300 Lodi St. Apt. 1, Syracuse, was arrested at 10:43 a.m., Thursday, and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, after an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred in 2001 in the town of Hastings.

Police said Angona allegedly had anal intercourse with an individual less than 11 years of age multiple times.

Angona was arraigned before Hon. Judge Myers in the Town of Hastings and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is slated to return to court Monday.

During the arresting process, Angona allegedly assaulted an officer by shoving him in the chest, resulting in the additional charges of second-degree menacing, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.

Angona was issued appearance tickets to answer to those charges in Oswego City Court at a later date.

Oswego County Voters Pack the Polls

OSWEGO COUNTY, NY – Oswego County voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 2008 Presidential election. Longtime inspectors said the turnout was stellar.

“We have been very busy today,” said Jean Huard, who has been an inspector in Fulton for approximately 10 years. “I have never seen it like this.”


Huard said that inspectors at the Fulton War Memorial saw voters waiting at the doors Tuesday when polls opened at 6 a.m.

“We haven’t had a lull at all,” agreed inspector Roberta Kenyon. “It quieted down for maybe three minutes at a time, but that was it.”

Huard said she saw a high volume of first-time voters.

“There are a lot of new voters,” she said. “There are a lot of young voters and a lot of older people who have never voted before coming in today.”

Another longtime inspector, who preferred to not give his name, said that was the case at his poll site in Hastings, as well.

“If every other site has been as busy as us, all of the polling they’ve done won’t make a difference,” he said. “There are so many new people voting that there would be no way to anticipate how they would vote.”

Inspectors agreed that the steady stream of voters made the day go faster. Setting up from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Oswego County, the time flew because of the constant flow of voters.

In Oswego County, the Presidential election results showed a total of 45,833 votes cast for the seven candidates. At the top of the list, Barack Obama/Joe Biden (D,W) took 23,078 in unofficial totals. John McCain/Sarah Palin (R,I,C) won 21,909 votes in the county.

Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez (OI) saw a some support in the county with 402 votes, followed by: Bob Barr/Wayne A. Root (OI) with 279; Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente (G) with 100; Roger Calero/Alyson Kennedy (OI) with 42; and Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear (SL) with 23 votes.

Unofficial Oswego County voter totals also showed:

For 5th District State Supreme Court Justice, local voters selected Republican Tom Cerio over Democrat David Murad, 18,294 to 15,646. Cerio was also victorious in Lewis County, while Murad was the voter choice in Onondaga, Jefferson Oneida and Herkimer counties. Murad took the race in unofficial totals.

Longtime Republican Congressman John McHugh beat Democratic challenger Michael Oot, 25,742 to 11,988

Oswego County voters selected Republican David Renzi over incumbent Darrel Aubertine, 21,362 to 19,487 in the heated race for the 48th District seat on the state Senate. Aubertine beat Renzi overall across the three-county district.

Incumbent Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner Jr., a Republican who ran on the GOP, Democrat, Conservative and Working Families party lines, brought in approximately six times the number of votes as challenger Robert Genant, who ran on the Independence line. Hafner won 31,731 votes to Genant’s 4,815. Though Genant received the party’s support early on, Hafner won the endorsement in the September Primary.

Assembly races in Oswego County showed:

  • Republican David Townsend over Conservative Daniel LeClair, 6,740 to 1,346 in the bid for the 115th Assembly District
  • Dede Scozzafava (R,I,W) with 1,274 Oswego County votes in her uncontested bid for reelection to the 122nd Assembly District
  • Republican Will Barclay easily won his bid for reelection to the 124th Assembly District over Democratic challenger Jerome Burns, 13,750 to 5,941.
  • Republican Robert Oaks with 2,274 votes in his uncontested bid for reelection to the 128th Assembly District.

Daniel Hoefer (D,W) beat incumbent legislator Mary Flett (R,C) and Melvin Holliday (OI) for a one-year term in the 17th District of the Oswego County Legislature. Flett was appointed to the chair at the beginning of this year to fill the vacancy created with the passing of her brother, former Democratic legislator Len Ponzi. In the unofficial totals, Hoefer won 628 votes to Flett’s 595 and Holliday’s 116.

In the city of Fulton, former Mayor Daryl Hayden (D) beat incumbent Dana Smith (R) in his bid for an unexpired term to the Fourth Ward Alderman position on the Fulton Common Council. Smith was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of former alderman Kenneth Myers. Hayden took 318 votes at the polls Tuesday to Smith’s 230 votes.

Frank Tomaino took nearly twice the number of votes as Rowlan Hrywnak in his bid for an unexpired one-year term on the Constantia Town Board. Tomaino received 1,042 votes to Hrywnak’s 553 votes.

In uncontested races:

  • Republican Kim Seager took 22,116 votes in her bid for Oswego County Family Court Judge. Vote totals generated through a write-in campaign hosted by current Judge David Roman was not reported on the county Web site.
  • Republican Surrogate Court Judge John J. Elliot received 21,267 votes in his bid for reelection.
  • Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington received 2,436 votes in his bid for reelection to the bench.
  • Republican William Rombough received 630 votes in his bid for an unexpired one-year term on the New Haven Town Board.
  • Republican Douglas Houghton received 562 votes in his bid for an unexpired three-year term as the Parish town assessor.
  • Republican Cheryl Yerdon took 861 votes to serve an unexpired one-year term on the Sandy Creek Town Board.
  • Republican Carlton Rusaw, who also ran on the Conservative line, received 1,296 votes in his bid for a one-year unexpired term on the Volney Town Board.
  • Republican Terrance Smith received 1,268 votes for an unexpired one-year term on the Scriba Town Board.
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