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Oswego Mayor Cites Accomplishments, Looks To The Future

OSWEGO, NY – It’s Jan. 1 and time for a fresh start, Mayor Randy Bateman told the large crowd at the first council meeting of the new year.

“The 2010 Common Council, which includes two new members, has been chosen and entrusted to work together with this administration to meet the challenges of the coming year,” he said. “As we all know, it takes collaboration and teamwork to accomplish what must be done.”

The mayor then recapped a few of the accomplishments from the previous year.

The Oswego Harbor Trail West project was completed. It extends the Riverwalk West walkway along the lakefront to Breitbeck Park.

The city also completed the final phase of the Eastside Long Term Control Plan by demolishing the Overflow Retention Facility along the east canal way.

The East Oneida Street project, between East First and Second streets, has also been completed. It provides additional parking in the area.

The city also completed the acquisition process for the West Pierhead Lighthouse.

“We have secured a grant and are in the process of developing a plan for the rehabilitation of this historic landmark,” the mayor noted.

In 2010, the city is looking forward to two more major accomplishments.

Currently, the city is in the final stages of negotiation with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Justice and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to attain the impending consent order and to generate a long-term control plan to repair the westside sewer system.

The NYS Department of Transportation will also begin the rehabilitation of the Utica Street Bridge.

Work is scheduled to start this spring, the mayor said.

“The project will be suspended over the winter months and resume in the spring of 2011,” he added. “It’s scheduled to be completed by August of 2011.”

“Together with the Common Council, our goal is to continue to make Oswego a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Bateman continued. “We ask for your patience, your suggestions and your confidence as we embark on a voyage to maintain pride, integrity and hope in our great city.”

2 Comments

  1. Work in Oswego? And where might someone go to find a livable-wage job in Oswego? This mayor is totally out of touch with the economic realities of this city….there’s nothing here for anyone looking to raise a family! Unless of course you’re a welfare recipient on HUD…that’s about all there is here. There’s never any new business lured into this place due to the excessive taxes and fees. If you’re not fortunate enough to know someone to get a taxpayer funded job, then don’t bother coming here.

  2. Well you sound somewhat educated so you should realize that Oswego is a GREAT place to raise a family! Typical Oswego attitude (among the folks that ALWAYS complain). Always looking for a hand out, never willing to look in the mirror and do something for yourself. I grew up in Oswego and left due to the military, and your right there aren’t a plethora of jobs waiting for you. How is that different then 10,15, or 20 years ago? I don’t claim to be a political or economic guru but if you don’t like your situation then leave! I would love the opportunity to raise my family around such a GREAT community and group of leaders! I have had the opportunity to know the mayor since I was a child and have since lost touch over the last 20 years, but from a young age I knew that he would do whatever he could to help and make life better for the people around him! Has he done any good? Why don’t you take the time to praise any of the positive that he has done? Instead you complain when you should be working on your resume. Sorry for the personal attack, just realize you have to take the good with the bad, bottom line he’s a good guy and doing the best he can with what he’s got. Maybe I’m completely off with this and if so I apologize! I would love to see if anyone else is willing to take the time and be GREATFUL for what they have and not moan and groan about how life is beating them! Good day to all!

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