The Beleaguered Northeast Biofuels Found A New Owner In May

OSWEGO, NY – Bidders for the Northeast Biofuels ethanol facility, located south of the city of Fulton, were to take part in an auction in Syracuse in early May.

The auction was postponed to allow prospective buyer more time to work out the finances of their proposals.

Northeast Biofuels never reached full production. It declared bankruptcy in January.

Owners of the plant weren’t able to raise the funding needed to correct the problems and return it to production.

Later, after the dust had settled, Sunoco submitted the winning bid of $8.5 million.

Also in May, The charge of endangering the welfare of a child filed against a former Oswego Spanish teacher in 2008 was dismissed.

Jennifer Dempsey was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case involving her alleged relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Dempsey, 29, was placed on paid administrative leave in February 2008 after the district said she had violated its policy related to staff-student relationships. She resigned in March 2009.

Superintendent Bill Crist said he was “a little bit surprised” that the charges were dismissed.

The Oswego City Police Department announced May 21 that another of its Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals had been captured.

Sylvia Thompson was taken into custody in the State of North Carolina. Thompson had been wanted by Oswego Police since 2006 for Forgery in the Second Degree.

She was taken into custody by the Reidsville N.C. Police Department after a routine check revealed that she had an outstanding warrant from the Oswego City Police Department.

Voters in the Oswego City School District approved the budget for 2009 – 2010. They also sent a former board member back into the fold.

Fran Hoefer was the top vote getter with 1,154.

Newcomer Tom DeCastro came in second with a tally of 1,145.

The budget passed 1,851 to 1371. It lost only in the city’s Second Ward, by three votes.

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced May 27 a major push to secure funding to repair and replace an absolutely critical breakwater at the Port of Oswego.

The senator spoke at the port’s warehouse. At times, his voice was drowned out by passing tractor-trailer trucks and other noises of hustle and bustle at the port. Unfazed, Schumer said that was a good sound; it meant the port was an active business.

The senator was working to secure more than $4 million in federal funds to repair and replace the wall.

The Port of Oswego provides jobs and almost $6 million in revenue for the region annually, he said.

“Where else can you make a $4 million investment and get your money back in a year, less than a year, really,” he added.