Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Herkimer County Community College dedicates library complex
HERKIMER – The Herkimer County Community College’s Library Complex construction project was officially complete on Friday with the dedication of the library in honor of outgoing president Ronald Williams.
The $6.85 million project began in January 2007 and provides a state-of-the-art educational facility for students, faculty and staff, as well as for area high school students and community members.
Among the many enhancements in the library are the following:
• New elevators, a new handicapped accessible lobby and entrances near the parking lot, a “smart” classroom for integrating technology into instruction, new and expanded computer labs, break-out areas, student common areas, a faculty/staff lounge, and space for student club and organization offices.
• Enhanced technology, including a video wall and new computers.
• Improved infrastructure for the building, including a new air handling unit and sprinkler system.
• Approximately 14,600 square feet of additional space, for a total of approximately 61,000 square feet.
“College is not just about books and classes,” Executive Director of the Faculty Student Association Brian Marhaver said. “It’s about things that happen outside of classes and we will continue to support the college in its goals.”
The library dedication was the final item on Williams agenda as he prepares to retire next month after 42 years of service to the college.
“The completion of this library project shows the dedication, commitment, character and leadership of Dr. Williams,” Assemblyman Marc Butler said. “We also stand ready to turn another page in Herkimer County Community College’s history.”
Port selects two new board members
OSWEGO – Two new members were named, May 20, to serve on the Port Authority of Oswego’s Board of Directors. Terrence M. Hammill and Thomas Gillen were appointed by New York State Gov. David Paterson to sit on the board, receiving a letter of notification on their appointments late last week.
Hammill and his wife, Martha, reside in the city of Oswego. He previously served as Oswego’s mayor for two four-year terms from 1992-99. Hammill also spent more than 31 years as a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at SUNY-Oswego, where he also served as that department’s chair, before retiring on Dec. 31, 2002.
Gillen is a regional sales manager for Commscope, a descendent company of AT&T, covering the areas of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. He also resides in Oswego, with his wife, Roxanna.
Gillen was excited to begin his term on the port board, noting his background in business management will be an asset to the port.
“I think many great things have been done at the port recently and I look forward to seeing that trend continue … This is such a great resource for both our city and the state … it’s nice to be able to give something back to our community,” he said.
The appointment made by Paterson was Hammill’s third governor-appointed position, as he noted being selected twice previously for positions by former Governor Mario Cuomo.
“I am a newcomer to this position,” noted Hammill, “but I greatly enjoyed my other two governor- appointed positions, as I am sure I will this one. I will try to be as productive as possible.”
The appointments of Hammill and Gillen to four-year terms on the Board of Directors becomes official upon receipt of their signing of the oath of office by the governor’s office. The two new appointees will fill the hold-over terms, which expired in September 2007 of Dr. Richard Tesorierio and local entrepreneur, Steve Thomas.
Utica police Chief Pylman resigns Friday
UTICA — Chief police Chief C. Allen Pylman will end his tenure with the Utica Police Department Friday, Mayor David Roefaro announced this afternoon.
Roefaro made the announcement in a news conference he hosted in his office just before noon today for members of the media.
"In a mutual agreement between the city of Utica and Utica Police Chief C. Allen Pylman, after 37 years of service to our community he wishes to retire," Roefaro said.
Pylman became police chief in 2001 after serving with state police for a number of years. Pylman had a contract with the city and he will receive more than $249,000 in a payout. After taxes that figure will be about $180,000.
Drug-ring leader admits guilt
CANANDAIGUA – The leader of a ring that supplied high-grade marijuana to buyers in Wayne, Ontario and Monroe counties as well as alleged co-conspirators in cities like Philadelphia and Asheville, N.C., admitted his wrongdoings in federal court Friday.
Jamahl Leonard, 29, of Sodus, Wayne County, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money-laundering, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory.
Under the plea agreement, Leonard admitted that he distributed between 1,500 and 2,200 pounds of marijuana over three years. The organization he headed was responsible for the distribution of the drug, obtained through the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation near Massena in the North Country, Gregory said.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 97 to 121 months in prison when Leonard is sentenced before Judge David G. Larimer. Leonard also agreed to forfeit approximately $40,000 in cash along with a Chevy Tahoe.
After last fall’s investigation, which included a wiretap on several cellular telephones, police arrested 17 individuals and were able to seize $566,000 in cash, 190 pounds of marijuana, six ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, six vehicles, 20 long guns, five assault rifles, a handgun and several money-counting machines.