In August, Jury Convicts Man In Infant’s Death

OSWEGO, NY – The jury returned with a verdict of guilty in early August after deliberating about two days in the case of Jay John Barboni.

Barboni, formerly of Falcon Drive, Liverpool, was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of 15-month-old Nicholas Taylor.

The infant died Aug. 18, 2008. He was the son of Barboni’s girlfriend, Dawn Taylor.

Barboni was sentenced Sept. 4 to 25 years to life. He showed no emotion as Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner imposed sentence.

Also in early August, Rosemary Nesbitt passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

She was the Oswego City Historian and a Distinguished Teaching professor at SUNY Oswego, where she will be fondly remembered as an inspiring educator.

Mrs. Nesbitt cared about the Port City and its residents cared about her. “Oswego has been very good to me … very good,” she said often.

A public celebration of Rosemary’s life was held Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in Breitbeck Park.

Mayor Randy Bateman delivered his 2010 operating budget message to the council on Aug. 3. It contained a proposal to triple the sewer fees.

“As we all know, the country is in dire economic straits. But, the good news is that we may be on the road to recovery,” the mayor said.

The EPA, DEC and DOJ strongly recommended that as part of the consent order, which is really a mandate, the Sewer Fund revenues should be increased  by three or four times their current level, Bateman said.

“Tripling the sewer fee would result in an estimated additional $1,208,880. It would be paid by everyone, and not just the property tax payers,” he said.

“This was not an easy decision to make, and it will not be a popular one, but it is the fairest and most reasonable,” he continued. “The fairest way to pay for a service, in this case sewer service, is to spread the costs to the users and not expect the property taxpayers to subsidize the tax exempt properties.”

Legendary Racecar Driver Mario Andretti was in the Port City on Aug. 21 to snip the ribbon helping A&P Automotive celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Andretti greeted fans and signed autographs for scores of racing enthusiasts at the East Bridge Street store.

A&P Automotive has been in business for 25 years; most of those years, they have been associated with Firestone.

Andretti, who won two races more than 40 years ago at Oswego Speedway, said one thing he remembers about his first time in the Port City was how warm and friendly the people were. That, he added, hasn’t changed.

Supporters of the city’s swimming pool made a big splash in front of the Common Council in late August.

In an attempt to save money in the 2010 budget, councilors discussed closing the pool.

More than 90 people attended a town hall meeting at the McCrobie Building on Lake Street. Included in that number were dozens of young children, many carrying signs that read: “Don’t be a fool – Don’t close our Pool,” “Swim Lessons Save Lives” and “Don’t Make Me Swim In The River” among other slogans.

The pool wasn’t a victim of the budget cuts when the spending plan was finally approved by the city.