Oswego Settles Claim With Homeowner

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council sailed through a rather light agenda.

The council approved settlement of the claim – Patricia Benjamin Vs. City of Oswego.

She had filed a claim against the city for damages resulting from flooding of her finished basement.

An investigation determined that the flooding was caused by negligence on the part of the city.

The city will pay Benjamin $16,463.84 in full settlement of her claim.

The councilors also approved the bid submitted by Almar/North River Boats for a new custom fire rescue boat. Funding for the boat remains a concern.

A FEMA Port Security Grant will pay 75 percent of the total cost.

The council approved use of an area adjacent to the Lagoe Field at Fort Ontario by the Oswego Elks Club for a picnic to be held on July 21.

And, use of a portion of West Second Street for a National Skateboarding Day fundraiser event to be held on July 20.

They accepted donation of a park bench in memory of Fran “Bomber” Weigelt to be located in Breitbeck Park.

The council approved attendance at the National Association of EMS Educators Instructor Course for one firefighter.

The course will be held in Washington, D.C. or maybe Buffalo.

Councilors also OK’d attendance at the Annual Training Session for Planning and Zoning Board members to be held August 2 in East Syracuse.


  1. It’s great finally the city settled Pats claim against the city. It should of been settled a long time ago because it was very clear that it was the DPW fault that this all happen to her. Plus she lost a lot of stuff with a lot of great memories to and she never will have them back again to show people Etc.that was in her basement they were ruined. The city put this lady through a lot to fight for what wasn’t her fault. You should be ashamed of yourselves because a lot of people were there and they knew this wasn’t her fault and it was the city’s fault and you could of done this faster and got it over with fast. I guess you just wanted to wait until she had to sue the city and fight and stand up for her rights.

  2. Must be nice, I filed a claim on damages done to my home which the city confirmed they were responsible for & in the end they changed their minds & wouldn’t pay it knowing full-well I didn’t have the money to fight them….so up went my homeowner’s insurance on something that was totally their fault. Not right!

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