Friday, February 27, 2015

County's dress code taken to extreme?

We heard that an employee of the county's building and grounds department was written up for wearing a hoodie to work. It's apparently against the new dress code.

So, if the B&G employees are supposed to work outside in subzero temperatures, what should they wear? Perhaps the county's chief accountant, Robin McMillen, can give them some dress-wear advise. She is, after all, the fashion police elite.

If the county doesn't want B&G employees to wear hoodies, they should provide them with appropriate outerwear.

If the county's chief accountant can wear Kool-Aid on her head, then what's wrong with a hoodie?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Is the NYS court polluted?

It seems quite wrong that the NYS Court system allows Oswego County Elections Commissioner James Cloonan to be so involved in county Republican politics.

Cloonan is actively participating in the mayoral campaign of Bill Barlow, according to many people who have seen Cloonan moving about the GOP political circle.

People don't trust the court system and is it any wonder why? When those holding positions thought to be impartial partake in one-party politics, it quickly disintegrates that trust.

We heard someone filed a complaint against Cloonan with the AG's Public Integrity Bureau and with the state Inspector General's office. We'd bet nothing will come of it.

Are we surprised that the court allows Cloonan to be politically active? 

Not at all. Look at Judge King. He wouldn't know impartiality if it bit him in the ass.



Friday, February 20, 2015

County may plow their own roads

NOTICE: We will no longer be publishing comments that refer to someone with only initials. Not all of our readers know who is being referenced, and we are getting flooded with complaints. In fairness to our thousands of readers, we are no longer going to allow it. 

The county may soon wise up and plow their own roads.

Right now the towns plow for the county and the county plows for the state. 

It would save the county a lot of money to plow their own roads.

At least the legislators are starting to keep close taps of highway super Kurt Ospelt. That's long overdue.



Monday, February 16, 2015

Sorry

We had to remove the poll asking if readers would vote for DA Gregory Oakes in the next election.

We were notified that dozens of votes were cast in favor of Oakes from the same IP address within a short period of time.

Cache clearing may allow you to vote as many times as you'd like, however, the IP address is still captured and we are notified when it happens.

We are happy to report that one visitor would vote for Oakes 40 times in the real election.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Howie, come back!

The Oswego County Highway Department employees hated working for Howard Nolan, who was the deputy superintendent.

Now they are learning to be careful what they wish for.  Jim Kelley, who took Nolan's place, is said to be ten times worse than Nolan.

It's not about making the employees work. For some reason, the deputy job goes to the head in the worst way. /';

Employees have said that Kelley is mean and abusive. 

It's no surprise that highway superintendent Kurt Ospelt picked Kelley to replace Nolan. 

Those dirty little secrets only they share.






Thursday, February 12, 2015

The incredible Oakes


The former Town of Minetto fire chief, Joseph Smegelsky Jr., misappropriated more than $20,000 from the department and DA Greg Oakes is dropping the charges from a felony to violations.

Now how is that justice served? How does that discourage anyone else from stealing from a municipality?

We've heard the DA is light on drug dealers, too light in fact. Now, someone who embezzled more than 20 grand will not be filling Sheriff Todd's overcrowded jail.

Seriously, people need to start sending in complaints about the DA. He's filed enough of them against Judge Hafner for much less.

Un friggin' real. 




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Oathkeepers

Our readers have been posting that Gary Thibodeau served in the United States Marines and that the Oathkeepers are being rallied.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Oathkeepers, it is a non-partisan organization of current and former military, police, and first responders who defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. 

We should thank Gary Thibodeau if he did indeed serve our country and God bless him.

And God bless DA Greg Oakes should the Oathkeepers become involved. It's sure to seal his fate in the next election.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Take our poll

To many, Judge King appears to be extremely lacking in impartiality. He seems to be deliberately stalling the hearing with the excessive recesses, continual sustaining of DA Oakes' objections, and overall demeanor toward Oakes.

The above opinions are not ours exclusively. They are coming from our readers, Syracuse.com readers, and the general public. People are talking about him in bars, restaurants and in Wal-Mart checkout lines. 

Concerning is that the hearing has been postponed until late March, an excessive delay when someone's fate is on the line. Something sure stinks in Denmark and it ain't the cheese.


As an aside, some readers have been asking about the tape that exits of the late George Williams (served many years as GOP chairman and county clerk) talking about why the committee must support Greg Oakes for DA. A conversation between Williams and some others was recorded a few days after Oakes had spent about an hour in Williams' county clerk office. Williams tells those present that they "must" support Oakes for DA because he'll "do what it takes so we can get rid of Walt." 

The committee was pretty much told they had to support Oakes. Williams had long been looking to have Judge Hafner ousted because Hafner can't be controlled by the Republican Party. 

We were asked not to publish the recording as it may be used in another legal proceeding.





Friday, February 6, 2015

For the umpteenth time

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We have NO control over this.

Hearsay...

UPATE: And so it ends until March 24. Hard to believe it's adjourned for over a month. Guess they don't care that an innocent man may be behind bars. One thing is certain, the way DA Oakes is getting bashed on social media and from those at the courthouse, he'll never win another election in this county. He's probably the most disliked person in the county right now-- second only to Sheriff Todd. The judge is running a close third. And there's been lots of negatives about Administrative Judge James Tormey. 

UPDATE: It's pretty obvious that the DA had some conversations with Wescott prior to the hearing. She is much more relaxed and confident with Oakes.  People in court are really upset with the judge.

UPDATE: This Judge King  so needs to hide his partiality. He's too obvious. The public is growing increasingly upset with him. Maybe he'll adjourn early so he can go over to Judge McCarthy's office and visit with his childhood law clerk buddy or go over to Judge Seiter's and visit his childhood buddy's wife.

The judge with no apparent bladder control seems to refer to everything as "hearsay."

Well, Judge King, it's probably not hearsay that we know who you grew up with, who you lived across the street from, and who has those cozy court relationships.


photo: syracuse.com

It's pretty bad when a judge calls so many recesses that he's made fun of in local restaurants, in front of the courthouse and on social media.











Of course, it's only hearsay.