Jefferson County sheriff candidate Colleen M. ONeill received the endorsement of the Police Conference of New York Inc. in a statement issued Monday afternoon.
The conference, a group consisting of 230 police forces and about 25,000 police officers across the state, unanimously endorsed Ms. ONeill.
I am delighted that they recognized my experience and qualifications and determined that my candidacy was worthy of such recognition, Ms. ONeill said in a statement. My deepest appreciation goes out to the entire PCNY membership and I will continue to work hard in this campaign to make them proud.
Ms. ONeill, running as a Democrat, has also received endorsements from the New York State Police Investigators Association and the Police Benevolent Association of New York State Troopers since announcing her candidacy on Jan. 16.
Current undersheriff Paul W. Trudeau is also running as a Democrat and retired Portland, Ore. city police detective sergeant and Watertown native John R. Bocciolatt is running as a Republican.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County staff members have been keeping to themselves helpful hints and tricks to staying on track by eating right and participating in physical activities until now.
While few community members attended the inaugural health and wellness fair, which was co-hosted by the American Red Cross of Northern New York, extension staff will remain busy educating each other, clients and people within the community to live well, according to Holly C. Boname, the extensions marketing and communications coordinator.
The wellness committee and nutrition department the resources within our means are so broad, she said, regarding the agencys offerings. This is taking that next step and offering it to the community.
About 30 vendors attended the fair, held Monday at the office of both agencies 203 N. Hamilton St. People could learn about nutrition, get their blood pressure or vision checked, enjoy a massage, and pick up pharmacy information, among other tips.
Before branching out to the community, some of the extensions best-kept secrets included a 30-day burpee challenge, where staff members were asked to do an amount of burpees, or squat thrusts, that corresponded with the number of each day of that month. While Miss Boname said she didnt make it all 30 days, extension nutrition educator Wanda L. Collins did. Mrs. Collins, wellness committee member, said one of the accomplishments staff is proud of is its healthy snacks vending machine where people can pay 50 cents for a fruit, vegetable or other healthy alternative to junk food.
Mondays fair also featured yoga sessions, taught by extension youth and family development program leader Stephanie A. Graf, and a blood drive at the Red Cross. Chapter Executive Jane G. Gendron said 12 appointments were scheduled Monday, but the Red Cross will need help from many more to make up for the 1,500 canceled blood drives nationwide due to inclement weather this winter.
While only two were canceled in the north country in recent months, Mrs. Gendron said the local Red Cross affiliate was asked as were other chapters throughout the country to hold extra blood drives to make up the difference.
She said all Red Cross staff and volunteers have a lot of work ahead of them in coming months because while they look to add more drives to make up for the winter loss, they must also prepare for summer, when blood drives are less frequent when people are out of school and on vacations.
The Conservative Party finds itself in the eye of the 21st Congressional District storm this week as the two top Republican candidates, Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, slug it out for the partys nomination.
To date, Mr. Doheny has a lead in county endorsements. He has picked up committee support in St. Lawrence, Herkimer, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the committee in Franklin County and by the chairman of the Essex County committee.
It is likely the candidate who appears on the Conservative Party line in Novembers general election will have to have a Wilson-Pakula designation from the party, since no registered Conservatives in the district have announced an intention to run. The designation is required for a person not registered in a party to appear on that partys ballot line.
There could be a primary within the party for the designation, but outside candidates will not be able to force one; that will be up to the state executive committee. State party Chairman Michael Long said there is not much history for primary contests within the party, but there have been some.
In the case of Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny, Mr. Long would express no opinion on whom the executive party would support.
Matt has been endorsed by us before, Mr. Long said, in the 2012 congressional election. Elise spoke before the committee and made a very favorable impression.
The executive committee is expected to take up the matter in April, after the nominating petitions are due to be turned in.
Mr. Long said the party would decide on either a candidate or a primary to decide a candidate in April. While it could nominate a placeholder candidate who would step aside after the June 24 Republican Primary is concluded and the winner known, the chairman said no, I dont see that happening at all.
On Saturday, both candidates made statements and answered questions offered by the Franklin County Conservative Committee and Ms. Stefanik walked out with the endorsement. Mr. Doheny had promised earlier in the week to make a strong push for the endorsement, but came away empty handed.
This is what a Stefanik campaign news release said about it:
Following the Franklin County Conservative Party endorsement, Chairman Robert White released the following statement:
Our committee members peppered Elise and Matt with dozens of questions covering a wide range of issues while they jointly met with us for more than an hour and a half today. It was clear from committee member discussions afterwards that Elise was the stronger and more Conservative candidate.
The release went on to quote Mr. White praising Ms. Stefaniks experience in the White House and at the national political level and her courage, which, he said, she will need it when she gets to Washington.
On Sunday, it went in the other direction, as Mr. Doheny captured the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party endorsement.
In a release issued by the Doheny campaign, St. Lawrence County Conservative Party Chairman Hank Ford said With Matt Doheny in the race, we now have a terrific opportunity to send a Conservative to Congress who understands and can help the North Country. Matt has spent his career outside the beltway in the real world – and thats exactly what we need in our next Representative. Matt Doheny is the most Conservative and electable candidate in the race, and the St. Lawrence Conservative Party is proud to enthusiastically endorse him.
While the county endorsements will count for something, Mr. Long said, the decision on how the candidate will be chosen will rest with the state party executive committee and that decision is at least a month away.
Well see who qualifies, who petitions to run, Mr. Long said Monday. Then well make a decision.
A former St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee chairman today entered the race for that partys nomination in the 21st Congressional District.
Stephen W. Burke, who twice served as county chairman, said today that he would force a Democratic Primary by circulating petitions to get on the June 24 primary ballot.
If successful, there will be primaries in the Democratic, Republican and Green parties to name party candidates for the seat being vacated by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Mr. Burke said he decided to seek the nomination after district Democratic county chairpersons endorsed Aaron G. Woolf as the partys candidate. Mr. Woolf, a documentary-film maker and organic grocery store owner, was selected on Feb. 12. Mr. Woolf owns a house on about 150 acres in the town of Elizabethtown, Essex County, and spends his time between there and a home in New York City.
A farmer and insurance broker in Heuvelton, Mr. Burke has been a resident of St. Lawrence County for about 30 years. He is a member of the Macomb Town Council, and was a member of the Heuvelton Central School Board of Education.
Mr. Burke said he decided to run after he heard and read criticism of Mr. Woolfs dubious north country connections. He suggested the committees skewed to Mr. Woolf because they felt he had enough money to fund or help fund the campaign.
Im an old political warhorse, Mr. Burke said. Money cant be the whole thing. The party organization may be weak in raising money, but thats no reason to pick a candidate.
The candidate cited the north countrys flaccid economy as his primary concern. He said that Fort Drum, which contributes more than a billion dollars to the regional economy, and the remaining manufacturing centers, such as Alcoa, need a champion in Washington.
With the recent cuts in the military budget, Mr. Burke said, he would like to see the Department of Defense look first to close unimportant overseas bases before looking at any here in the U.S.
Lets start bringing those soldiers home and assigning them to bases here, he said.
He also cited Alcoa, which has a new factory in Chile, as an asset the north country can ill afford to lose.
We have to help them so they want to stay here, Mr. Burke said.
Mr. Burke styled himself as a fiscal conservative and a human liberal, a combination he said resonates with 21st district voters. He said he had high regard for former Northern New York Rep. John M. McHugh, who is now secretary of the Army. Mr. Burke ran against Mr. McHugh on the Liberal Party line in 1992 and finished fourth in a four-way race.
Mr. Burke has worked in the state Legislature, as a legislative aid for Sen. Leon Giufridda and then as aide to Assembly Speaker Perry Duryea.
He also has a colorful political history already in place. He has sought seats ranging from St. Lawrence County legislator against District 4 Legislator Alex McKinnon to 24th Congressional District House of Representatives seat against Mr. McHugh. He had a brief fling as a gubernatorial candidate against fellow Democrat Mario M. Cuomo, which he dropped in a matter of weeks, and a quixotic presidential foray before the 1992 presidential campaign in which he recieved 39 votes in the February 1991 New Hampshire primary.
He also created a stir in the north country when it was discovered he was charged in 1983 with accepting a bribe while he was a town of Brookhaven councilman.
He was acquitted by a Suffolk County jury after testifying that the cash was a campaign contribution and that he had been entrapped. A juror in that case told Newsday that the two witnesses against him were not believable.
Mr. Burke said his immediate task is to firm up his campaign organization. James Monroe is acdting as campaign manager.
Im going to put together a good team, Mr. Burke said. Well get out there and win the primary, then focus on winning the election.
Mr. Burke, 67, has a wife, Yelena, and daughter, Angelina. The family raises mixed-breed cattle on their 400-acre farm.
LOWVILLE A phone service outage affecting Lewis County residents continues Monday, after a fiber was cut at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday.
Its affecting long distance and toll calls, said Patricia Amendola, communications manager at Frontier Communications.
While the fiber cut is in Verizon Communications territory in the Barneveld area, according to Ms. Amendola, Frontier customers are limited to making and receiving calls in their local call area.
Lewis County Undersheriff James M. Monnat said the interruption is not affecting 911 calls.
Ms. Amedola reported Verizon crews were on the scene of the cut, but had no further information about when service would be restored.
A call to Verizon Communications was not immediately returned.