Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 1, 2005, Syracuse, New York HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS HELLO, SUN The year gets off to a bright start sunshine today, but don't let it fool you into not wearing a coat We'll have another cou- ple of days with temperatures reaching into the 40s before colder, more unsettled weather sets up shop in Central New York. Complete forecast D-8 HIGH: 41 LOW: 18 THE POST-STANDARD today begins the first in a series of pages on standouts from the Syracuse University women's basketball New state laws go into effect today If you make a lot of money, don't get paid enough or like to stay warm, the new year should bring some cheer State income tax rates for people earning more than a year are sched- uled to go down. The minimum wage will go up A tax on electricity and natural gas will go away. The new state laws take effect today. LOCAL, PAGE B-l Canada may stop selling preset ipiioii drugs is U.S. A group of Canadian phar- macists has warned that Canada may soon cease filling Ameri- cans' prescription drug orders. STORY, PAGE C-l Ukraine's prime minister resigns after defeat Viktor F. Yanukovich re- signed as Ukraine's prime minis- ter on Friday, signaling the end of a tumultuous political drama that nearly propelled him to the presidency but resulted in his de- feat after a popular uprising against state-sponsored electoral fraud STORY, PAGE A-5 organized in the new year Surely one of your New Year's resolutions was to get or- ganized We've got tips to get you started COT, PAGE E-1 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions? Call470-NEWS Index Business____C-l Movies. OY_______M Comic_____E-6 _...-. A-S HMfiOJMnMn. lodwws. M Obituaries Sports Studs..... Television Ullllllllll IfRNIK) E-4 1-4 D-l C-3 E-J THEPOST-STAHOARD I Memos show politics ruled canal scandal response Potato's staff tried to TfcfWUHW investigators cud media. The Associated Press Albany Hundreds of pages of pri- vate memos and e-mails at the center of a Thruway Authority scandal that has em- barrassed the Pataki administration show the governor's office directing the author- ity how to respond to questions from in- -J controversial development contract. While Gov. George Pataki's top attor- neys and his former director of commu- nications called the shots, they also di- rected the Thruway Authority to be sure to distance the public actions as much as possible from the governor. The 600 of memos and e-mails, released Friday, show the governor's of- first reported in The Post-Standard. fice trying to discount media reports by Democratic Comptroller AJan Hevesi A blyman Richard Brodsky as a political opportunist as bis Assembly committee investigated the state canal-system scan- dal. A contract to develop the 500-mile canal system for homes was steered to a single developer for The con- tract being awarded to one person was At one point, former Pataki Commu- nications Director Lisa Dewald Stoll was outraged that the scandal was publicly getting out of control and that Hevesi was planning to rescind or "blow up" the contract MOMENTS, PAGE A-6 U.S. Gives S350M; Somber 2005 Starts Barbara Walton EPA photos THOUSANDS GATHER along the main nightclub strip in Phu- was one of the worst hit beaches on the resort island of ket Thailand just before midnight to mourn those killed by Phuket. As of Friday night, Thailand officials reported the tsunami and to mark the start of the new year. The strip people had died, almost naif of them foreigners. Death toll climbs; fear of epidemics grows News service reports Banda Aceh, Indonesia The United States upped its tsuna- mi relief aid tenfold Friday as the world's ships and planes con- verged on devastated shores. President Bush on Friday pledged million to help tsu- nami victims, and didn't rule out sending more U.S. aid to help peo- ple recover from what he is calling an "epic disaster." "Our contributions will contin- ue to be revised as the full effects of this terrible tragedy become Bush said in a statement issued in Crawford, Texas, where he is staying at his ranch, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this epic disas- ter." The United States also an- nounced Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the region and as- sess what more is needed. Bottlenecks of supplies built up, fears of epidemics grew, and in an echo of 's aftermath, people at a Thai resort scoured a bulletin board of photos in search of the dead and missing. WORKERS, PACE A-7 Quiet celebrations Around the world, many forgo parties, cancel fireworks and tone down New Year's fetes in deference to last week's They enrich CNY by giving from heart and soul The 10 receiving this year's Post-Standard Achievement Awards lead by example. By Pam Greene Staff writer Some of the winners are wealthy and famous. Others are teachers, members of the clergy and volunteers. All 10 of them five men and five women have two things in common: They all have made huge contributions to the community and have been cho- sen as winners of The Post-Stan- dard's Achievement Awards as a __ Monsignor Joseph Chwnplin, of Syracuse, will step down in June as rector of the Catholic Di- ocese of Syracuse's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. At 74, he's battling bone cancer yet still completed a Memorial Day 5K race in Camillus in less than 32 minutes. His part in the race raised UK honorees Here are the 10 Central New Yorkers who are this year's Post-Standard Achievement Awards winners: Monsignor Joseph Champlin Phil Cleary Greg Tearney John Stage Tim Green Paula llacqua-Morales Terri A. McGraw Lois Schaffer Elizabeth Liddy Dr. Ann Sutera Botash more than 50 works to his credit. Phil Clwy, 41, of Clay, is a special-education teacher in the North Syracuse school district who is known by his colleagues as one who speaks for those who can't always speak for mem- selves: children with disabilities. He is also a board member of CanTeen, Dollars for Scholars, the Plank Road Chamber of Commerce and other organiza- tions and charities. IO1 Hit Society, which he founded. He is also a published author with ga, is one of the Syracuse area's MOMMIES, PMf WELCOMING 2005 U-Hua Ian Staff photographer JEFF AMD JUUE HALTER, of Syracuse, kiss at midnight to cel- ebrate the arrival of 2005 at the Marx Hotel with their friends. About 40 people marked the occasion there with a quiet evening. Onondaga County: Partiers were plentiful in Syracuse. By 10 p.m., police had closed Walton Street to traffic and begun foot patrols of Armory Square. Children celebrated the new year early at the North Area Family YMCA in Clay by throwing confetti and making 100 yean in NYC Hundreds of thousands of revelers cele- brated in Times Square, 100 years after the first cele- brations marked the new year. Outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell, a native New Yorker, pressed the button to send the Waterford crystal-covered ball high Few pay full price to attend state fair More than half paid to get in; 11 percent paid Ml price and 45 percent got in free. By Mamie Eisenstadt Staff writer Of the roughly 1 million peo- ple who went to the New York State Fair this summer, 11 per- cent paid the full ticket price Politicians, business owners, media com- panics and community free tickets organizations A-4 received hun- dreds of free tickets some got a lot, others just a few. Channel 9 received enough free tickets to the 2004 New York State Fair for all of its ap- proximately 150 employees to attend every day of the 12-day fair with hundreds of tickets to spare Mayor Matt Dnscoll received 10 free tickets while County Ex- ecutive Nicholas Pirro got five freebies. Both men received more than Gov. George E. Pata- ki, Syracuse University basket- ball coach Jim Boeheim and de- veloper Robert Congel, who each received two complimen- tary tickets "Unlike private businesses, the state doesn't allow us to buy c'ierit a lunch or a dinner said Fair Director Peter Cappuc- cilli Jr. "This is our way of say- ing thank you or trying to inter- est clients, and it's worked." A total of people walked through the gates of the New York State Fair without opening their wallets in 2004, compared with who TICKETS, PAGE A-4 By the numbers people attended. people paid for tickets. Of those: paid full price of paid advance sale price of paid a reduced price through coupons, group discounts and other promotions. people got in for free. Of those: were admitted during free promotions, (such as senior days, children under were daily passes used by fair employees, participants, charitable groups. were 12-day passes used by employees, exhibitors. were passes for media, midway staff, dorm residents, state police, other staff. were free official guest passes for business leaders, politicians. Source: New York State Fair The Post-Standard rar COM cts more The 2004 New York State Fair set a revenue in million. The 2003 fair pulled in million, besting the year before, which brought in just under million.