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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 …

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After Billy Barlow was elected mayor in November 2015 and set to take office as the youngest municipal executive in New York, there were doubters about his ability to lead.

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Very often, the ideological difference between Republicans and Democrats is over the role of government in people’s lives.  For the most part, Democrats favor a more active government role while Republicans seek the opposite.  Because NYS government, for the first time in recent memory, is a…

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Technology has opened new ways for people to order food from restaurants.  Apps like UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub and Seamless are a few of the many that act as the middle man between the restaurant and consumers looking for food delivery.  Their growth has been amazing.    For example, in 20…

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I was traveling during most of September and missed what was occurring on West First Street, but I returned to see a few tree stumps and many holes where trees had been, plus relatively few broken pieces of sidewalk or grating.  One tree with a string of lights was left at the corner by city…