Oswego County Hosts Blood Drive in Honor of Former Assemblyman Ray Chesbro

Ray T. Chesbro

Ray T. Chesbro

OSWEGO – Oswego County will partner with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive in honor of Ray T. Chesbro, the former state Assemblyman, County Legislator and County Sheriff who passed away March 3.

The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19, in the Oneida Street parking lot of the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

“The Legislature is sponsoring this blood drive as a way of showing how much our community appreciates the many years of service that Ray Chesbro gave to the citizens of our county,” said County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner. “Donating blood can make a big difference in the lives of others. It’s appropriate that we honor Ray in a meaningful way.”

Born and raised on a farm in Pennellville, Chesbro had a long history of community service to the citizens of Oswego County.

He became a Deputy County Sheriff in 1953 and served as Oswego County Sheriff from 1973 to 1977.

He was elected to five terms in the New York State Assembly, representing the 117th Assembly District from 1980 to 1990.

He served as an Oswego County Legislator representing District 10 from Jan. 1, 1996 to Feb. 12, 1997.

Chesbro also served for several years on the Phoenix Central School District Board of Education, Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and was appointed by Governor Hugh Carey to the board of directors of the Central NY Regional Transportation Authority in 1979.

He was involved  in several civic and community groups including the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 662 F&AM, United Methodist Church of Pennellville, Phoenix Sno-drifters, and the CNY and Pathfinder Rod and Gun clubs.

The American Red Cross offers these tips for people before they donate blood:

• Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before and after your donation.
• Dress: Wear something comfortable with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
• ID: Bring either your donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification to check in.
• Medications: Bring a list of medications that you are taking, including both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
• Iron Levels: Maintain healthy iron levels before donating. If possible, include iron-rich foods such as meat, fish and poultry in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

To make an appointment for the April 19 blood drive, visit  http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp or call Chris Jones, Clerk of the Legislature, weekdays at 315-349-8247.

For more information about the American Red Cross, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org