2011 In Review – County Clerk Retires, New Police Chief Appointed

OSWEGO, NY – Here’s a glimpse of the some of the news from the past 12 months.

At its May meeting, the Oswego County Legislature paused to recognize and say goodbye to an old friend and colleague.

Earlier this spring, Ted Jerrett, clerk and FOIL officer for the Oswego County Legislature, announced his intention to retire at the end of May.

May 23 was his last day on the job.

“I’ve worked in Oswego County Government for more than 31 years and have enjoyed the experience immensely. Your support and friendship have touched my heart and will never be forgotten,” he told his friends and co-workers.

Oswego Sub Shop Honored

The Oswego Sub Shop was honored in May with an SBA Small Business Excellence Award at the DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New York Business Development Corporation hosted the 13th annual luncheon to recognize the achievements of local small businesses.

Operation Oswego County nominated Oswego Sub Shop for the award. The Oswego Sub Shop, located in the city of Oswego, has been in operation since 1969.

Currently owned and operated by third generation owner William Greene Jr., the sub shop has increased the number of menu items and sales each year.

One of their popular subs is named for SUNY Oswego graduate, Al Roker of NBC’s Today Show.

Medication Theft Investigated

At about 11:59 a.m. May 14, Oswego City Police responded to the parking lot of Water Street at West Bridge Street where it was reported that sometime during the night someone had broken into a locked van and stole medication.

Some of the medication may be very dangerous, police said.

The Police Department alerted the public to be on the lookout for some of the following medications that were stolen: Baclofen, Carbidopa/Levodopa, Cipro, Clonidine, Compazine, and Morphine Sulfate (extremely dangerous even in small doses).

The above medications may be very dangerous, or fatal, to the untrained person even in small doses.

School Budget Approved

“I’m very, very pleased with how well the budget passed,” Superintendent Bill Crist said after the May school board – budget vote. “And, the bus proposition, too. I appreciate the community’s support to keep safe buses on the road.”

He congratulated the three winners – Sam Tripp (2,240), John Dunsmoor (1,636) and Bill Myer (1,459) were the top vote getters.

“I’m really happy with how the budget numbers came out,” Crist said. “It was a tough budget season. It was bittersweet; there were some cuts, some layoffs. We tried to come up with a budget that would preserve our educational programs as much as possible and also be one the public could support. To see how much the community supported this budget was very pleasing.”

People First Initiative Visits Oswego

The state’s Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald rolled into the Port City on May 19 to discuss Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislative priorities.

The governor’s People First initiative had kicked off about three weeks earlier in Syracuse.

McDonald addressed a large crowd in the Council Chambers at City Hall, many of whom were either city or county officials.

“Gov. Cuomo’s administration is all about the people,” she said following the presentation.

The governor feels very strongly that he was elected for three primary reasons, the commissioner said.

The first is to get the economy up and running again. Cleaning up Albany – ethics reform – is number two. And third is restoring the legacy of social reform.

DeCaire Named Chief

In late May, Mayor Randy Bateman announced the appointment of Police Captain Tory L. DeCaire as the new Police Chief for the city of Oswego. DeCaire replaced Chief Michael Dehm Jr., who retired effective May 31.

DeCaire, a 13-year veteran of the department, began his career as a Police Officer on Jan. 19, 1998.  He was promoted to Sergeant on March 27, 2004 and on Nov. 27, 2005, he became a Lieutenant. Since March 30, 2008, DeCaire had been a Captain.

“Captain DeCaire started on the Police Department the same year that I started on the Common Council.  I have watched him mature over the years to become the leader he is today. There was no hesitation when I promoted him to Captain in 2008. He has always displayed exceptional professionalism, integrity and a strong work ethic,” Bateman said. “Chief Dehm’s leadership and experience will be missed, but I have every confidence that Captain DeCaire will rise to the task and continue to sustain and improve the proficiency and professionalism of the Oswego City Police Department.”