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July 22, 2018

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Opinion

Thanks For Supporting The River’s Edge Craft Show

On behalf of the Oswego Lions Club and the River’s Edge Craft Show Committee, we would like to thank all of the vendors and those people that came out to support our club by attending the craft show on June 10.

Realism in Oswego County!

Treasurer Gardner says that “County finances are ‘stable.’ Chairman of County Legislature Broadwell speaks of “collaboration, bipartisanship, mandated vs non-mandated costs, $713 in taxes” Head of the IDA and OOC speaks of PILOT agreements, jobs, jobs. Now take a realistic look at the county without rose (Republican) colored glasses on.

Keeping Our Prisons Safe For All

While the risk of violence is always present in correctional facilities, it seems that in recent times that violence has escalated. Last year, inside New York State prisons, there were 798 reported assaults on corrections staff and 1,220 assaults on inmates by other inmates statewide. In addition, officials confiscated more than 3,000 weapons and contraband items.

Local Artists, Organizations Benefit From State Art Grants

In a recent legislative district survey, respondents noted that one of our area’s strengths is its cultural events and historical sites. I happen to agree with them. We are fortunate to have organizations throughout our communities that work to preserve history and foster the arts. It has always been important to me that the state supports these local efforts which enrich our communities.

P.I.L.O.T. (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Agreements

What do you the taxpayer get, and how much do you lose, and who controls who gets a P.I.L.O.T. agreement? The taxpayer gets another business that will not have to pay the full tax bill. This is okay because the business will add jobs to the area. How many jobs is the big question and how much will they make an hour is the other big question.

Raising A Glass of Milk – To Our Hardworking Farmers

Every day, farmers are in barns, fields and yes, even offices, working to see that people here in New York State and beyond have fresh, nutritious food and drink. Not only do our hardworking farmers put food on our tables, their efforts also help to support the strength of our state’s leading industry, agriculture. June is “National Dairy Month,” a time to honor the contributions of the dairy industry to our country.

ACCES-VR Works to Help Remove Barriers, Enrich Lives for Those Living with Disabilities

Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day was held last week by the State Assembly. The day highlights both the issues and the accomplishments of advocates, families, and individuals with special needs across our state. As part of the awareness day, more than 40 agencies and associations that serve people with disabilities participated in an outreach fair to advocate for disability-related issues and promote services, programs, and adaptive equipment.

Thom Benedetto for Family Court Judge

As a former foster parent of 20 years, I have been involved with the Family Court system though working with foster children placed in my home by the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

Every Catch Is A Story To Share

Brian Hartman of Alexandria Bay will remember this season’s walleye fishing for years to come, thanks to the record-sized fish he recently caught in the St. Lawrence River. The 32-inch fish was weighed three times to verify its official weight of 18 pounds, two ounces. His massive catch proves that when it comes to fishing, New York State, and especially Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands and the St. Lawrence River Valley, is the place to be.

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