Oswego County

3:03pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Regional Coverage

Midway Drive-In owner gets help from community to restore institution

The Midway Drive-In after a severe storm struck the region on July 8.
Midway Drive In Theatre- Minetto NY- Rebuilding Fundraiser Facebook

This weekend a local Girl Scout troop is teaming up with the owner of the Midway Drive-In in Minetto to raise money to rebuild the decades old facility that was destroyed during a storm that struck the region July 8.

Midway Drive-In owner John Nagelschmidt says although the wooden screen tower was destroyed, it happened at a good time of day, when no customers had yet arrived at the facility. If it had hit later in the evening, he believes things could have been a lot worse.

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7:15am

Wed July 23, 2014
Health

Blue-green algae blooms cause closure at beach in Constantia

A blue-green algae bloom at the David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach in Constantia.
Oswego County Health Department

The David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach on Oneida Lake in Constantia is closed until further notice because of a blue-green algae bloom. According to the Oswego County Health Department, the beach will stay closed until the blooms have cleared and they say it's safe to reopen.

The Constantia Children's Summer Recreation Program will also suspend all swimming activities at the park.

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9:13am

Thu July 3, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability

Gino Geruntino WRVO

New York state's Financial Restructuring Board released its review and recommendations for the city of Fulton, which in recent years has faced serious fiscal issues. City leaders say they plan to take the state's advice.

Since 2011, Fulton has raised its tax rate by more than 15 percent to make up for a decline in property values. It also slashed full-time staff from more than 150 employees down to 135.

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6:56am

Fri June 13, 2014
Agriculture

Hanna joins lawmakers urging EPA to reconsider navigable waters rule change

Rep. Richard Hanna meets with members of the Oswego County Farm Bureau, local farmers and other agriculture experts.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is one of more than 230 members of Congress speaking out against a proposed change to the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency. He says it would mean farmers in New York will face additional red tape and more fines.

Eric Behling's orchard in Mexico has been in business since 1947. Throughout the year his farm grows apples, pumpkins and other produce.

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10:04am

Mon June 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County considers closing four transfer stations

Gino Geruntino WRVO

Some residents of Oswego County may soon have to find other options for getting rid of their garbage if a recent proposal by the Oswego County Legislature is implemented.

Right now the county’s five transfer stations are operating on a $500,000 deficit. Starting July 1, each facility will close one day a week, which according to Oswego County Solid Waste Director Frank Visser will save the county nearly $190,000 a year. Disposal fees are also increasing, which could raise $500,000 in revenue if waste levels don’t change.

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6:22am

Mon May 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Entergy expected to replace condenser tubes at Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant after delays

The James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the operators of the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba failed to replace the plant's condenser tubes when they should have.

When the power plant goes offline later this year for refueling, the condenser tubes at the facility will also be replaced.

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6:57am

Mon April 28, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Leaders discuss Oswego County infrastructure issues

Gino Geruntino WRVO File

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) says Oswego County is in a prime position to grow economically, but needs some help improving the infrastructure to do that.

The Democrat, whose district includes Syracuse and part of Oswego County, recently held a roundtable on infrastructure at the Port of Oswego.

Maffei and fellow Rep Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) have helped secure funding for rail improvements at the port. This time the topics of discussion were not only expanding roads and rail lines, but replacing water and sewer lines and better rural broadband access.

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3:27pm

Fri April 18, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Pulaski company adds manufacturing jobs

A specialty paper producer in Pulaski recently more than doubled its production and workforce. Felix Schoeller, which makes inkjet papers and specialty products, added more than 170 employees in the past year -- boosting its total to nearly 300 people.

Michael Szidat, president of Felix Schoeller North America, says New York state’s economic development agency, Empire State Development, helped the company by giving it tax credits.

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5:36am

Thu April 17, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County combating jail overcrowding with technology

The Oswego County Jail is attempting to streamline pre-trial processes and enhance technology.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego County Jail's inmate population has grown over the past four years, and has forced Oswego County to send inmates elsewhere to be housed. County officials sat at least some of the blame lies with the state.

In this year's budget, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd says he allotted $100,000 to cover the costs of housing inmates at outside facilities. But two months into the new year, Todd had already used $130,000 and is now requesting more funding.

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7:49am

Fri March 21, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County nuclear plants will soon replace public warning system

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and Entergy are working together to replace the sirens surrounding the nuclear plants.
Constellation Energy Group

Oswego County's three nuclear energy facilities will soon begin a project to replace the county's aging public warning system.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which owns the two Nine Mile Point nuclear plants, and Entergy, which owns the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, will invest more than $1.5 million to replace the existing sirens in the ten mile radius around the plants.

Jill Lyon, with Constellation, says the sirens are currently used by several groups.

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2:22pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego County Legislature is joining several other counties across New York to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax freeze plan. They voted to support another option proposed by the New York State Association of Counties, to eliminate the cost of state funded mandates instead. The final vote was 16 to 8, with 1 absentee.

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9:16am

Tue March 11, 2014
Energy

Oswego County nuclear plant shut down for the second time in less than a week

Constellation Energy Group

For the second time in less than a week, the Nine Mile Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant in Oswego County experienced an automatic shutdown, due to a problem at the plant. 

The shutdown happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. According to a spokesperson from Constellation Energy, which owns the plant, a worker "inadvertently contacted a highly sensitive plant component." As a result, safety systems shut down the plant automatically. 

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7:15am

Tue March 11, 2014
Regional Coverage

New survey hopes to boost Oswego County tourism industry

Tourism and recreations thoughout Oswego County are the focus of a new pilot program.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations and several other Oswego County groups are launching a survey pilot program to better understand the area's recreation and tourism industry.

Later this month, about 600 businesses in the county will be asked questions about their businesses and future plans.

Chena Tucker with SUNY Oswego says the Business Retention and Expansion Program will help the county figure out what business owners worry about most, like minimum wage laws and finding grant opportunities.

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7:59am

Mon February 24, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County mother takes head shop owner to court

An Oswego County mother is taking a local head shop to court following her son's death after smoking synthetic marijuana he allegedly bought from the store.

Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son, Victor, drowned in Lake Ontario after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana, wants the shop's owner, the drug manufacturer and the distributor held accountable.

In August 2012, Victor Woolson drowned in the lake soon after smoking "K-2 Avalanche," a form of synthetic marijuana he apparently bought from Xtreme Underground.

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3:49pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Regional Coverage

Children's museum wants to find a permanent home in Oswego

Although it doesn't have a permanent home, for the last year the Children's Museum of Oswego has brought its exhibits to local events like Harborfest and the Great Pumpkin Festival. But last week, the museum's board of trustees set its sights on finding a fixed location in the city.

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3:57pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Business

'Next Great Idea' competition underway again in Oswego County

Lakeside Artisans accepts their award during the 2010 "Next Great Idea" competition. From left to right: Jeff Grimshaw, Larry Perras, Allen Bjorkman, Michele Southgate, Tim Ames, Austin Wheelock, and L. Michael Treadwell.

Entrepreneurs in Oswego County could have their dreams of owning a business come true by competing in the third "Next Great Idea" business plan competition.

Austion Wheelock, economic developer for Operation Oswego County, says the competition helps establish a culture of entrepreneurism and brings jobs and business to the area.

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10:03am

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County luring business, jobs to area

A car made with Novelis aluminum on display during the company's October commissioning ceremony.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

After losing several big name manufacturing plants in recent decades, Oswego County has been aggressively trying to lure new companies in, filling vacant facilities with new tenants. The most recent announcement was made in Fulton, where a Pakistan-based poultry processor has taken over the former Birds Eye plant.

Mayor Ron Woodward says new companies help combat his city's recent struggles tied to job loss.

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3:03pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Business

Novelis plans to expand again

Novelis plans to increase the amount of business it does with auto manufacturers.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Novelis is adding a third automotive aluminum finishing line to its operation in Oswego, with plans to focus most of its future business on supplying aluminum for cars and trucks.

According to plant manager Chris Smith, the $120 million investment will increase the plant's total capacity by about 30 percent, to 400,000 metric tons, while adding 90 new jobs to Novelis' workforce.
 

Smith says by adding the third line, Novelis will be able to meet automakers' increasing needs.

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3:38pm

Fri November 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Oswego County Legislature prepares for upcoming budget vote

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The scrimping, saving and belt-tightening is paying off, as residents of Oswego County will only see a small increase of less than one percent in their property taxes for 2014. But what do the county's cost-saving measures mean for the average Oswego County homeowner?

The proposed tax rate would go up 16 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value, translating to about an extra $15 tacked onto a homeowner's bill. While the rate is the highest it's been in six years, it still keeps the rate lower than it was in 2005, by more than 20 percent.

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7:24am

Mon November 11, 2013
Energy

Oswego County legislators visit Wyoming County to discuss wind energy

Oswego County legislators James Karasek, District 22 and Amy Tresidder, District 16 stop at a wind farm in the town of Eagle, Wyoming County to check noise and vibration levels from a turbine.
Oswego County

Two Oswego County legislators traveled to Wyoming County on a fact-finding mission to learn more about wind energy and its impact on one western New York county. Amy Tresidder, who represents Oswego, and James Karasek, who represents Granby and Fulton, visited two wind farms and were able to get close enough to touch the massive structures.

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8:09am

Thu November 7, 2013
Health

Health navigators say Affordable Care Act sign-ups have been successful

There may be problems in other states for people signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, but things are moving smoothly in New York state, according to one organization in the midst of it. ACR Health in Syracuse says it has nothing but success stories.

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5:30pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd on The Campbell Conversations

Some of the most difficult-to-enforce provisions from the New York SAFE Act will soon come online.  On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd, who recently joined a constitutional challenge to the law filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.  Find out why the county’s top cop thinks the law misses its target, and why the controversies surroundi

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8:12am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Novelis commissions expansion at Oswego plant

Ford is only one of the companies Novelis does business with.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Novelis' aluminum plant in Oswego commissioned a new $200 million expansion, and created 100 jobs for Oswego County. The addition of two new production lines increased the company's North American capacity for producing aluminum sheet for cars by 240,000 tons.

Plant manager Chris Smith says the expansion features two new aluminum automotive sheet finishing lines, which will increase the company's ability to provide lighter material to address the automotive industry's need to improve gas mileage in the cars they produce.

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8:16am

Fri July 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Harborfest attracts people, dollars to Oswego County

Oswego Harborfest/Facebook

The city of Oswego's Harborfest began last night, and is estimated to draw more than 100,000 people to the area for a weekend of music, food and fireworks. For Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen, it's also a boon for the city's coffers.

"We hope to make probably $50 million for the weekend," Gillen said. "It's a big impact on the entire community within ten miles of the city of Oswego. Hotels, restaurants, just general sales tax revenue is dramatically impacted over this. So, it's an incredible economic boon to the city and the community. It comes at a cost, though."

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9:45am

Thu July 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Boutique brands of liquor on the rise in New York

21 Tequila launched in Oswego County earlier this month.
Eagle Beverage

"I had a lot of spare time on my hands, and this was just one of the many crazy ideas you come up with when you're trying to figure out what the heck you're going to do to make some money and make a living."

Two years ago, Brandon Bellinger was working for a now defunct racing team in North Carolina. Today, he's developed and created his own brand of top shelf tequila, called 21 Tequila, which he sells at local bars and liquor stores around Oswego County.

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2:38pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Energy

Nine Mile nuclear plant passes federal emergency drill

Federal officials gave Oswego County's nuclear power complex a good grade after an emergency preparedness drill conducted this week.

Plant workers and emergency officials had to respond to a simulated equipment malfunction and radiation leak, where the wind then shifted.

"They have to react and they have to react quickly and that’s one of the things we’re looking for; to make sure that they understand what the change means, what it implies, and what to do about it," says FEMA's Rebecca Thomson.

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7:36am

Wed May 29, 2013
Health

Stricter ban and penalties proposed on synthetic drugs

Lee Livermore, Public Education Coordinator at the Upstate Posion Control Center, holds up new brands of synthetic drugs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York lawmakers have introduced new legislation to expand the ban on synthetic drugs and increase penalties in the state by addressing the mislabeling and chemical swapping of the drugs.

Synthetic drugs, often known as "bath salts" and sold under various other names, in New York have been banned since August last year following multiple cases of violent overdoses.

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8:36am

Tue April 16, 2013
Business

Gillibrand holds small business listening tour with SBA

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), center, listens during a small business forum in Phoenix, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator and the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration swung through upstate New York Monday to hold a series of roundtable talks with small business owners and economic development officials.

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6:32am

Tue January 1, 2013
Environment

Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River

Fishers on the Salmon River
David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

In recent years both the federal and New York state governments have been studying how best to re-introduce – salmon -- to New York’s Salmon River.  That might come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever fished the river, known for its salmon of eye-popping size. 

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4:10pm

Wed December 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Pulaski to decide on whether to dissolve police department

Residents in Pulaski will vote in March to keep or abolish the Pulaski Police Department, but some are worried resources will be stretched too thin.

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