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 New York’s “Green Light” law, which allows illegal immigrants to obtain a state driver’s license, is problematic on many levels. That it exists at all encourages individuals to illegally come to the U.S., ignore federal immigration laws and avoid seeking legitimate, sanctioned citizenship. …

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Until now, every subject of my Forks in the Road columns has been, for better or for worse, a real person. So I thought, maybe it’s about time for a bit of fancy, or fantasy, or in this case downright fear. I speak of no other than the esteemed “Slippery Mary” of legendary proportions, who w…

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If a store, restaurant or any organization started losing customers, people in charge would make adjustments or they’d be out of business. So as New Yorkers continue to leave the state in alarming numbers, it’s time for some serious conversations and actions to address the ongoing outmigrati…

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The first few days of session are always full of anticipation, excitement and potential. The pageantry and ceremony of the opening days are welcome reminders the New York State Legislature has an important role to play in shaping the lives of millions of people, some of whom were on hand at …

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As we entered the new year and new decade this week, New York also took tremendous steps in becoming safer and fairer by implementing significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system. These reforms — eliminating cash bail for many misdemeanors and low-level, non-violent felonies, r…

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A renaissance is defined as a rebirth, a revival, a renewal of energy and spirit. I think it goes without saying that Oswego is undergoing its own kind of renaissance. Downtown is once again booming and building and the waterfront is being shored up, protected and modified for greater public…

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As many of us gather with family and friends over the holidays, some of those celebrations will include special meals and desserts.  Because we have access to a wide selection of food year-round at local grocery stores, it is sometimes easy to forget where our food comes from but New York’s …

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On Dec. 16, the law allowing undocumented immigrants the ability to obtain a New York State driver’s license went into effect.  The fact that this is now the law is a stunning reversal from 12 years ago when then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer proposed the measure.  Some may recall, Spitzer dropped the …

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The Division of Budget recently released its mid-year financial plan update which shows that the state is facing its largest budget gap since the recession in 2010.  This time, however, the economy is not to blame.  It is largely Medicaid that is causing the gap.

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Editor's note: Mike McCrobie's 'My Oswego' column is a print-only feature of The Palladium-Times, appearing every other week. This column below, appearing in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 edition, has been unlocked for online audiences for a limited time — please enjoy. For more of Mike McCrobie and…

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Editor’s note: The Palladium-Times received the following op-ed this week from representatives of Speech First, an activist group that claims to fight the “chilling effect on students’ willingness to exercise their right to free speech” on campus at American colleges and universities. The Pa…

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Over the course of my 40-year-plus legal career, I have questioned and empanelled several dozen juries. The process is called the “Voir dire,” a French term that translates as “to speak the truth.” I have entreated many hundreds of prospective jurors to do just that: tell me the truth during…

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With an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day and approaching retirement, there is a growing need to find qualified individuals to fill jobs across many employment sectors.   One tool that is helping businesses fill these skilled-labor gaps are apprenticeship programs.  Last week…

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When the water is rising—that’s when you find out who your true friends are. You never forget that friend who came to pump out your basement, move the camper to higher ground or stack heavy sandbags on your property to keep the flood waters at bay.

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It doesn’t get any more “Forks in the Road” than the intersection of Turrill Street and Hillside Avenue in Oswego. That was the home of Bill “Badeye” Gorman, his wife Wanda and their seven children: Barb, Joe (David), Nancy, Jeanne, Teddy, Mary and Mina. Members of the Gorman family still li…

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Editor’s note: In the wake of the publication of The Palladium-Times’ 200 year celebratory edition earlier this month, former Port City Mayor John Sullivan was inspired to pen the following retrospective of his own.

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Medicaid is a federal and state program established in 1965 to provide healthcare for people with limited wealth.  It is often confused with Medicare, which is a federal program that provides health coverage to people, regardless of wealth, who are 65 and over and to people who are under 65 …