Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York
PAGE B 2 THE POST-STANDARD Friday. January 28.2005 Cayuga County wins concession LOCAL NEWS PotoJu agrees to bold two counties hornless for loss of sales tax in tad dam deal. By Scott Rapp Staff writer The state has agreed to held Cayuga and Seneca counties harmless for any loss in sales tax triggered by the proposed Cayu- ga Indian land claim agreements, a spokesman for Gov. George E. The move is a concession to the Cayuga County Legislature, which voted Tuesday to approve the historic casino-driven deals, but oniy on the condition that the state cover any potential sales tax losses. have not seen the language yet. but I'm encouraged that this ib a major, majui Wi_dkihruugh on the financial problem of los- ing the idiei said LUUJH> Legislature Chairman Herbert Marshall, R-Port Byron. Todd Alhart, a spokesman for Pataki, said the state will keep working with both counties to win their support of the separate agreement offers with the Cayu- ga Indian Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. "This historic opportunity to resolve these claims should not be lost. We'll continue to work with the counties to address their concerns while moving forward with the settlement agree- Alhart said. Earlier in the day, before Pata- ki's announcement, two more state lawmakers who represent property owners in the iand claim area around Cavuga Lake Suspect appears in court today SUSPECT, FROM PAGE B-l whisper in his ear as he lay in a coffin. She folded a SpongeBob bandanna and tucked it under- neath his right arm, beside fare- well letters his brother, Justin, and sister, Cassie, had written. Godfrey, a 24-year-old Army veteran, had only been home from the war for three months before he was stabbed to death Jan. 14 in the city of Oswego. The Oswego man charged with robbing and killing him, Paul M. 34, will appear at 1.30 p.m. todaj in Oswego City Court for a preliminary hearing. Timpc Mercalf will de- termine if there is enough evi- dence against Leary to present the case to a grand jury. "It was the worst day of my life, when I buried my Compeau said. "'We had a very special bond." At home in Syracuse, Com- peau sleeps on the couch with a quilt she made for her son and wraps his sweat shirt around her arms. "Sometimes I'll put it in front of me so I can hold him, keep my baby near, so 1 can protect his Compeau said. "He was just a sweet kid. the most trusting person in the world, and this world will miss she said. For three years, while Godfrey- was on active duty, a single blue-star flag hung in her living room window, a symbol that a loved one was in combat and was wished a safe return. When he came home, she rolled it up and put it in her china hutch. On the day he was buried, she was given another flag, an said they would oppose the deals. Assemblymen Gary Finch, R- Springpoit, and Brian Kolb, R- Canandaigua, joined state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, in voicing their opposition to the deals Thursday. They are the three state lawmakers from the land claim area. At the same time, Rep. Sher- wood Boehlert, R-New Hartford, said he would have a difficult I time whining congressional ap- j f be divisive in New York state. "Because if I'm going to try to sell a New York program to Congress, the first question from my colleagues will be: 'What is New York's If they're all over the lot and not unified, that creates some Boehlert said. Both agreements, which were negotiated two months ago, need to be approved by Congress and the state Legislature. Nozzolio, R-Fayette, said Wednesday he would not sup- port the deals because they failed to win unconditional support from lawmakers in Cayuga and Seneca counties. He said Thurs- day his long-standing position remains the same after he learned cf Pataki" s announce- ment. 'I can only support a measure in the land claim (lawsuit) that has the support of the Cayuga County Legislature and the Sen-; eca County Board of Supervi- said Nozzolio. Like Nozzolio, Finch and, Kolb also said they would not' support the proposed settlements until the two counties endorse them. American flag from a veterans association. "I remember him smiling... and that really sticks with said Daniel Aguilar, senior mili- tary instructor at Mexico Acade- my Central School, Godfrey's alma mater. He said Godfrey was one of the first cadets to launch the program in 1996, and said it took an adventurous per- son to sign up. "He liked to be i said Aguilar. "We need to focus j on his life. "He served his country well, j served his community well, i irtrl KA urAtlt CtTt to serve his nation, and I think that's what speaks well of a i man." j His grandmother, Constance j Compeau, remembered how Godfrey helped her understand her new computer. "He was very patient with me, and very she said. "He was one that was al- ways helpful, thoughtful. And he always had a smile on his face." I He loved to go fishing, play with miniature race cars and pull i jokes, brother Justin Godfrey, j 21, recalled. The last time they j spent time together was at a i Yankees game with their father last summer. "It was so Justin Godfrey said. "He was willing to do anything for anyone was the type of friend he was, too." "For a shy, bashful child, who wouldn't get in the limelight for anything, he has touched so many his mother said. "God bless him." Gloria Saff phc'.cg'ap'r DR. JOSEPH KARPINSKI brushes the snow off of his GMC Yukon outside his South Marvine Street home in Auburn last week. Karpinski has county-issued license plates for the sport utility vehicle and his three other vehicles. License Plates in Demand For some drivers, county-issued numbers are a big deal By Dave Tobin Staff water What's in a number? A lot, if it's on a special Cayuga County-issued license plate status, drama, history, back-door dealings. For decades. New York state has given county clerks the prerogative to assign special "county" plates. Each county has a limited set of designated letters and numbers that the county clerk can assign to those who request them. Cayuga County Clerk Susan Dwyer has three sets from which she can assign plates: and 1 IS. The CY set is the largest, with num- bers going from 1 to 999; 9S goes from 1 to 150; US goes from 1 to 50. Unlike vanity plates, which cost an extra a year, there's no extra cost for county-issued plates, nor are they adver- tised. County-issued plates are mostly an in- siders' game played by present and for- mer judges, lawyers, sheriffs, elected of- ficials and public employees. People wanting a particular number jockey, cajole, wheel, deal and wait. The county-issued plate list reads like a mix of Who's Who and Who's That? "Some people wouldn't give a damn what plate they got, and the next person would almost kill for said Joseph Marshall, former Cayuga County clerk, holder of 11S1. When Marshall was clerk, one man asked him to take a number away from the guy who had it. "I can't do that" Marshall said he told him. "He said, 'If he dies, it's a dif- ferent matter.' A year later, the man appeared at Mar- shall's office, telling Marshall, "The guy died last night.' Those in tie plate game guard num- bers closel_y. Some a polcer player's deliberation for a lower number to coine available. "When I was running for county clerk, people came up to me and asked if they were going to be able to keep their 'CY' said Dwyer. "This is very, very important to some people." Despite the county clerk's power to issue plates and take them away, people with county-issued plates talk about "in- heriting" plates, or "giving" plates to friends or family. Ray Sant, former county attorney, has worked his way up the CY ladder. He began with CY13, then CY9, then CY2. About 10 years ago, he was poised to get Cayuga County's crown jewel of li- cense plates CYI. It was registered to his longtime client, Lucille Cooper, who was moving to Arizona- Cooper had gotten the plate from her faiher-in-law, I. Burt Cooper, former Cayuga County sheriff (1936 to Lucille Cooper was also a cousin 01 County Clerk Marshall. Who the plate would go to was Marshall's call. He is- sued it to Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski, an old friend and political ally. "I felt as though I owed it to Doctor Marshall said. On one of his four cars, Karpinski has CYI 1 11 being his house number. He 'has CY69, on his 1966 Lincoln convert- ible, and 9S13 on his 1997 Jaguar. He wouldn't comment on the significance of those two numbers. Karpinski's brother, Arthur, has CY10 on his 2001 Toyota Avalon. The plate number formerly belonged to Arthur's father, John A. Karpinski, who had received it from his good friend, Jim Shayler, former county clerk (1937 to As the meaning of certain numbers change, a number that sat inactive be- comes ripe for the picking. Undersheriff Stephen B. McLoud re- quested CY911 just over a year ago. It was available and issued to him, no prob- lem, he said. For those seeing status in CY plates, there are some noteworthy registrations. Deposed Sheriff Peter Pinckney has a lower number, CY15, than current sheriff Rob Outhouse, CY18. Paul Dudley, county legislator from Cato, has a lower number CY43 than Legislature Chairman Herb Marshall Jr., CY49. Dwyer, who does not have a county-is- sued plate, said when she took over Jo- seph Marshall's job she told him she would never take away anyone's county- nlotf nnrnhpr Best not to _ A cause unnecessary grief, she figured. But as keeper of county-issued plates, she has changed the way she drives. "That's my new hobby looking at license said Dwyer. "I never looked at them before. Now, forget about the people in cars. I look at license plates. It's really irritating to people." Snow-covered walks worry school officials JOSEPH GODFREY JR. poses Tor a picture wnn ms sitter, after his graduation from Army basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. SNOW-COVERED, FROM PAGE B-l children are routinely forced into the street by residents or mer- chants who would never take a shovel to their sidewalks. Some of those people have a good excuse. They are elderly, or disabled, or otherwise unable to get rid of heavy snow. Even so, there are far too many home- owners, residents, landlords or tenants who simply ignore the need to grab a shovel. "We're" deeply said Neil Driscoll, a spokesman for the Syracuse City School District. Driscoll said children walk to school each day in Syracuse, covering distances of up to 1.5 miles. More than half fall within the range of kin- dergarten to sixth grade. Driscoll recalled seeing tiny children walking in the street as he drove to work recently on East Genesee Street. "That's during rush he said, "and they're slipping and sliding." Walking in the street, he said, also forces children to soak their feet in puddles and slush on days when tie temperatures often flirt with zero. Dennis Brogan, director of neighborhood services for Syra- cuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, said city law mandates that "land- lords, property owners, tenants or whomever are responsible for care or maintenance of side- walks. Hopefully, in some neighborhoods, if someone can't do it the rest of the neighbor- hood will reach out and eet it done." In other words, what's needed is to somehow clone Ed Man- gan, a professional painter who gets frustrated when he takes a drive and sees children walking in the streets. "We've got some people sit- ting around and doing nothing, and you know they could get out there and Mangan said. Every snowy morning, before he leaves for work, Mangan clears his sidewalk and then pro- vides the service for his neigh- bors. Yet he dismissed the idea that he's doing a kind thing. "The people I do it for might be a little he said. "Maybe it seems like a favor, but these are people who always do nice things for me." Besides. Mangan said, he likes clearing snow. He takes pleasure in being outside in a big storm, and snowblowing is a great excuse. He loves the imme- diate gratification that comes Where to turn Those concerned about Syracuse businesses, residents or government agencies that don't property clear sidewalks can seek help at the city Police Department's Office of Ordinance Enforcement. from turning around and seeing crisp paths carved in the snow. Most important he said he would have trouble living with himself if anything happened to an elderly neighbor who went outside and shoveled snow. "If a snowblower has a heart attack you go and buy another said Mangan, the kind of neigh- bor bom to live in the world's snowiest big city. Sean Kirst is a columnist with Trie Post- Standard His columns appear Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call him at 470-6015 or e-mail him at crtynewsesyracuse com. Transfers lower grad rate, Oswego State official says to a research Nojan said. "They take some founda- tion courses here, but have no in- tention of graduating here.'' The college's five- and six- CUh< candy higher, around SO percent for the 1997-10-1999 beginning classes. About 28.5 percent of the group that started at Oswego in 1998 later transferred and may have earned degrees elsewhere. other SUNY colleges, 4 percent transferred to private colleges, and 16 percent took classes at Oswego State, but completed a two-year degree elsewhere. "If you help a student to year, 8.5 percent transferred to best measure of Nojan said. Four-year graduation rates vary widely in the SUNY sys- tem, from 69.S percent at Bing- hamton, a university center, to a low of about 25 percent at Pots- ittm nr-nrmtmCT to the state Education Department.