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2010 Oswego County Magistrates Association Officers For 2010

The following Judges were elected to be the 2010 Oswego County Magistrates Association (OCMA) officers at the November 2009 OCMA meeting: Appearing in the photo are: seated L to R: Judge Michael Sterio, T/Oswego Vice-president; Judge Elizabeth Dunham, T/Amboy Secretary; Judge Patricia Kerfien, T/ Volney Treasurer. Standing L to R: Outgoing 2009 President Judge Bruce Wells T/Granby and 2010 President Kimberly Inman T/West Monroe.

The following Judges were elected to be the 2010 Oswego County Magistrates Association (OCMA) officers at the November 2009 OCMA meeting: Appearing in the photo are: seated L to R: Judge Michael Sterio, T/Oswego Vice-president; Judge Elizabeth Dunham, T/Amboy Secretary; Judge Patricia Kerfien, T/ Volney Treasurer. Standing L to R: Outgoing 2009 President Judge Bruce Wells T/Granby and 2010 President Kimberly Inman T/West Monroe.

Law Enforcement Agencies Seek Public’s Help

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Police Department, working in conjunction with the United States Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, need your help!

The area law enforcement agencies are looking for information and/or tips related to suspected criminal/drug related activity in and around the city of Oswego including areas located in the County of Oswego.

Such drug activity can be of persons or locations that you suspect of dealing with illegal drugs including indoor or outdoor marijuana grow operations.

Any information given may be done so anonymously if desired.

To report suspected illegal activity, please call Oswego Police at: 315-342-8203 to speak with, or leave a message for, an investigator.

Or, call and leave a message on the Oswego City Police Drug / Crime Tip Hotline at: 315-342-8131 or the Oswego County Drug Task Force Tip Line at: 1-888-511-8997 where you may remain anonymous if you wish.

You may also contact police by email at: crimewatch@oswegony.org

Oswego County BOCES Students Learn About Law Enforcement Careers

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MEXICO, NY – Oswego County BOCES students in the Public Safety and Justice program recently had a visit from New York State Trooper Paul Carney and his canine, Mick.

Carney and Mick, from Troop D out of Pulaski, stopped by the classroom to talk to the students about career options with the New York State Police.

New York State Trooper Paul Carney and his canine, Mick, demonstrate criminal apprehension techniques on Public Safety and Justice instructor Mark Bender during a recent visit to Oswego County BOCES.

New York State Trooper Paul Carney and his canine, Mick, demonstrate criminal apprehension techniques on Public Safety and Justice instructor Mark Bender during a recent visit to Oswego County BOCES.

Students learned about the examination, training, and other requirements necessary to becoming a New State Trooper and a canine handler.

Carney talked about the rigorous 20-week training program he endured with Mick at the state-of-the-art training facility in Cooperstown.

Mick, originally from the Czech Republic, is specialized in detecting explosives, tracking, and handler protection.

As a demonstration for the students, Carney hid trinitrotoluene (TNT) flakes in the classroom and walked the students through his typical search procedure and how explosive detection canines differ from narcotics detection canines.

Within minutes, Mick detected the small sealed jar of the chemical compound in one of the cabinets in the classroom.

For a second demonstration, Public Safety and Justice instructor Mark Bender (in a heavily padded dog-bite suit weighing more than 35 pounds) allowed Mick to demonstrate how a canine aids in criminal apprehension.

For more information about Career and Technical Education including the Public Safety and Justice Program offered at Oswego County BOCES, call 963-4313 or visit www.oswegoboces.org

Revisions To Solid Waste Law Will Stabilize Fees, Help With Recycling Efforts

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OSWEGO, NY – Proposed changes to Oswego County’s Recycling and Solid Waste Law will ease the burden on the property owners and help increase the amount of materials that are recycled in Oswego County, Legislator Fred Beardsley, District 9, Central Square, chairman of the Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, said.

Legislator Beardsley said the revised law, if approved by the Legislature, will bring both cost-savings and environmental benefits to Oswego County residents.

The proposal will be considered by the County Legislature at its Oct. 9 meeting.

It implements a “flow control” requirement that directs all solid waste generated within Oswego County to be disposed of at county facilities.

It also re-affirms the requirement that recyclable materials be separated from the waste stream and that residential recyclables be taken to a county solid waste facility.

“Oswego County has invested $60 million over the past 25 years in an environmentally responsible solid waste system that meets the needs of our residents and businesses,” said Legislator Beardsley. “Flow control will protect the taxpayer’s investment, and make sure that the solid waste system is paid for by solid waste fees, not the property taxpayers.”

Legislator Beardsley said one of the recommendations of an in-depth 2006 study of the county’s solid waste system was that it becomes self-supporting.

“In order to accomplish this, the waste generated in Oswego County should stay in the system, so that tipping fees contribute to the system’s operating costs,” he said. “All users, including solid waste haulers, should pay based on the amount they dispose of. For many years, the system has relied on property taxpayers, regardless of how much they use the system. We need to ease the burden on the property taxpayer. With flow control, solid waste haulers will pay the same rate and play by the same rules.”

The county has committed to holding solid waste disposal fees at the current levels in 2009.

Flow control has proven to be effective in stabilizing rates in other areas.

“When all the waste generated in Oswego County is brought to county solid waste facilities, it will stabilize rates in the long-term,” said Frank Visser, director of solid waste for Oswego County. “Many nearby counties, including Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer, have actually lowered their disposal rates after adopting flow control legislation.”

The revised law also addresses a decline in the amount of materials being recycled in Oswego County.

Visser noted that the amount of recyclable materials collected by Oswego County has declined dramatically in the past six years.

The revised law will require all solid waste haulers to bring recyclable materials, collected from residents, to county solid waste facilities.

“Recycling has always been an important component of our county’s solid waste program. This will encourage greater participation among residents and haulers, and will benefit our environment for years to come,” said Beardsley.

In addition to Beardsley, the Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee includes vice chairman Clayton Brewer, District 24, Fulton; Barbara Brown, District 8, Palermo; Milferd Potter, District 2, Orwell; Phillip Vasho, District 22, Fulton; Linda Lockwood, District 11, Volney; and Shawn Doyle, District 3, Pulaski.

The Legislature will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes at 2 p.m. Oct. 9, in the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Copies of the proposed law are available in the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, and online at http://oswegocounty.com/legislature/meetings/agenda.html

Engel Case Marks First Charge Under ‘Stephanie’s Law’ In Oswego County

FULTON, NY – Fulton police department’s arrest of a Fulton man accused of using a video camera to secretly record young women in his bathroom marks the first time that an Oswego County resident is being charged under Stephanie’s Law.

Michael A. Engel, 40, of Hill Top Drive, Fulton, was arrested this week and charged with five class-E felony counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, among other crimes. Police say Engel is accused of installing a surveillance camera inside a bathroom exhaust vent to record several women, primarily in their teens, in various stages of undress without their knowledge or  consent.

According to Fulton Police Lieutenant Jeff Kinney, the investigation is a first for the department and was prompted by information brought to police that resulted in a search warrant of Engel’s home. Kinney said Engel’s camera was discovered during the execution of the warrant.

“The camera was wired to a camcorder-type device that was located in his bedroom,” Kinney said.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is our first prosecution (for unlawful surveillance) in this county,” Chief Assistant District Attorney Donald Todd said. Todd pointed out, however, that the law making unlawful surveillance a crime is relatively new.

Signed into law June 23, 2003, Stephanie’s Law prohibits unlawful surveillance, which is defined as:

  • (1) the installation of “an imagining device” with no legitimate purpose other than surreptitiously viewing or recording another person in a bedroom, bathroom, changing room, or other specified room;
  • (2) for the purposes of sexual arousal or gratification, the use or installation of an imagining device that surreptitiously views a person dressing or undressing when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy;
  • (3) the use or installation of an imagining device to surreptitiously view under the clothing of a person (commonly known as “up skirting”); or
  • (4) for amusement, entertainment or profit, or to abuse or degrade the victim, the use or installation of an imaging device to surreptitiously record another person dressing or undressing when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The law is named for Long Island resident Stephanie Fuller, who was videotaped by her landlord, William Schultz, without her consent or knowledge. Schultz put a small video camera in the smoke-detector that faced Fuller’s bed. A line led from the camera into Schultz’s apartment, where he both viewed and recorded the images.

Schultz’s actions were revealed when Fuller’s boyfriend noticed suspicious wires coming out of the smoke-detector. The couple called the police and Schultz was arrested. He later pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing and was sentenced to three years probation, community service and fines.

With Stephanie’s Law on the books, however, unlawful surveillance is now a felony and carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said that while unlawful surveillance is likely not difficult to prove once police have video evidence tied to the suspect, finding that evidence in the first place could be more difficult.

“You really have to have someone making a complaint with enough proof to go to the authorities,” he said. “Could this crime be going on in a lot of places that we don’t know about? Sure it could.”

Sheriff Todd noted that as surveillance technology advances, cameras have become smaller and easier to conceal.

“When they are used for legitimate purposes, such as for law enforcement, they are a wonderful tool,” he said. “But when they are used by someone for illegal purposes, they are hard to detect.”

The sheriff pointed out that there are important elements of the law that dictate whether a crime is being committed. Surveillance cameras in convenience stores, for example, are located in a public place without an expectation of privacy.

Asked about devices such as “nanny cameras” that have been marketed for parents who are interested in monitoring caregivers, Todd said there are several considerations.

“It really depends on where a camera is placed,” he said. “It if is placed in a living room or in a baby’s room, they are not areas where people are likely to disrobe. But if it is in a bathroom, it is different. People have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a bathroom.”

Kinney said that the department continues to work the investigation into Engel’s activities with the assistance of the sheriff’s department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At this time, he said police believe the illegal activities all took place at his home.

“We don’t have information that it took place anywhere else,” he said. “But we are doing forensics on the computer as part of the investigation.

“We are anticipating more charges from the computer forensics,” Kinney added. “Whether this case will be handled by federal prosecutors or the district attorney’s office, I don’t know at this point.”

Engel has been released on bail is slated to return to Fulton City Court Oct. 22.

Anyone with information has been urged to call the City of Fulton Police Department at (315) 598-4504 or the Fulton Police Department Tips line at (315) 593-8477.

Chirello Advertising Produces Life Planning Issues DVD Series For Onondaga County Bar Assn.

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Chirello Advertising recently completed a two-disk DVD series on elder law issues for the Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA) entitled “Life Planning as You Age: A Legal Guide,” said Steve Chirello, owner. All presentations, which were originally delivered at the 6th Annual Elder Law Fair in Syracuse, were taped and edited at Notion Picture Studios, N. Syracuse.

“Among the set presentations are Healthcare Proxies and Living Wills, Protecting Your Home, Basic Estate Planning, and How to Select a Team of Advisors,” Chirello said. “This set captures approximately seven hours of extremely valuable information delivered by experts from local law firms, financial institutions, the NY State Attorney General’s office, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, the Onondaga County Office of Aging and Youth, Legal Services of Central New York and the Estate Planning Council.”

Distribution of the set is being coordinated by OCBA, (315) 471-2667.

Located in Fulton, Chirello Advertising offers full service advertising, public relations, and marketing expertise to a variety of industrial, professional,

institutional and retail clients throughout Central New York.  The agency, working with in-house staff and outside associates, specializes in public relations planning, online marketing and design, video production, radio and print advertising. Chirello can be contacted at (315) 592-9778, adman1@alltel.net, and www.chirello.com.

City To Crack Down On Leash Law Violators

OSWEGO, NY – Attention, dog owners: The city will enforce the lease law.

Councilor Connie Cosemento (D-First Ward) recently requested to install a sign at Montcalm Park stating: “Violators of leash law subject to arrest.”

A sign on the fence at Montcalm Park notifies people about the leash law. The law is being ignored many area residents say.“This is in concert with a huge problem we’re having in the First Ward,” she explained. “Montcalm Park is one of our historical parks; it’s encased by a Victorian fence. It is becoming a site for more and more people to conveniently bring their dogs to run loose.”

There are signs in the park that say all dogs must be on a lease and you have to pick up after them, the councilor added.

As she sees it, there are three options.

One, they can take down the fence to discourage people from letting their dogs go, she said.

Or, the city could do away with the lease law, she continued.

“Or, prosecute. The people there are asking me to put a sign up in the middle of the park, saying something to the effect of violators of the lease law are subject to arrest – and then enforce it,” Cosemento told the committee.

Some of the dogs have even chased people and some have been bitten, she noted.

“Now people are not wanting to walk in that area to the lake,” she said. “That is not what Oswego is all about. So we really need to do something.”

At its last meeting, the council approved installing a sign at the park.

“I don’t want to see a dog run into another dog’s face wanting to play and wind up getting hurt,” Cosemento explained. “We all think we have control of our dogs. No one thinks like a dog thinks. Dogs were bred for reasons, not walking on leashes; and we can’t always know what they are going to do in any given circumstance.”

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