Mayor Barlow Establishes Oswego Waterfront Commission

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow announced today, Feb. 13, he has established the Oswego Waterfront Commission tasked with prioritizing Oswego’s upcoming waterfront plans, reviewing all proposed projects, seek public input and provide recommendations on future waterfront projects and developments.

The nine-member commission will be chaired by former Oswego Mayor John T. Sullivan Jr. and will consist of other stakeholders regularly involved in activities and events along Oswego’s waterfront.

“Oswego’s waterfront is in the midst of a transformation because of our recent improvements around Breitbeck Park and our upcoming Wright Landing Marina and International Pier improvement projects. Simultaneously, we have the challenges of upcoming construction projects, rising water levels from Lake Ontario and the associated flooding, and other projects and activities happening along our lakefront,” said Barlow. “We are finally making progress and conducting tangible projects along our waterfront, following a realistic plan, and this commission will ensure our projects stay on track and our vision becomes a reality in the very near future while taking all relevant stakeholders into consideration.”

Chairman Sullivan said, “I am delighted to have been invited by Mayor Barlow to serve on his citizens’ commission on waterfront redevelopment, and look forward to serving to solidify support for a forward looking and consistent approach to the revitalization of our waterfront, which has been a key priority of Mayor Barlow’s stewardship of our city.”

The city of Oswego director of Economic Development and designated ex-officio member Justin Rudgick said the commission will be helpful moving forward as Oswego’s waterfront undergoes a drastic transformation.

“Mayor Barlow places a high premium on public opinion and transparency. With all the great projects moving forward in Oswego, the commission will review the projects, ensure they’re an appropriate use of space and provide the public with updates and information,” he said

The commission will be providing feedback, input and host public hearings as projects are being developed.

The commission will provide an initial written report regarding the impact of upcoming projects and other waterfront areas under review to city government by the end of the year to continue the development of the Oswego waterfront beyond the already scheduled projects.


  1. Let’s not forget the accessibility for the handicap. And fishing for the kids and people that don’t own boats. Need to take in consideration the direction of prevailing winds before putting in new docks and launches. Do not forget that when you’re digging up the park that it’s fly ash and full of vanadium and other cancer causing material that came from the coal burning steam plant back in the fifties and sixties…

  2. Maybe the usual suspects who have controlling interest in the waterfront should not be on the commission. So far they have done nothing block public access and public views to and of our waterfront which should be a resource for all. The hotel owning politician, the bank who is providing financing to all these projects, the aluminum and nuclear industry leaders who dominate the waterfront to the east of the city and of course the college to the west all play a role in blocking public access to the waterfront. Instead of building up structures, the commission should make the waterfront more accessible to the public – explore where else they can create access for the public besides Breitbeck Park. Other communities are fighting to preserve public access to their waterfront while Oswego wants to build on it and restrict it. So lets diversify the commission and make it be a real representation of the residents of City of Oswego.

  3. Try getting to the water on the east side. I was escorted by three police officers out of a spot behind Fort Ontario. I have fished that spot since I was a child in the 1970’s. I drove by drug dealers and prostitutes to get there. Those folks were business as usual. I was threatened with arrest for……. wait for it…… FISHING!!!!! The port authority and the other commercial entities that have locked down the waterfront have zero interest in sharing access. Wrights landing has very limited access if you do not own a boat. The “international” pier is already members only. Try to drive or walk down and fish off the end and see what happens. Our motto is where the water never ends. It should be where you cant get near the water, or at least not the water you want to get near. The beach access at East Eleventh street is rarely policed and risky on the best of days. The for sale signs in the area indicate even that access is most likely going away.

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