AGGRAVATED DWI - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged David M. Oakes, 43, of Akwesasne, Que., with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a BAC or 0.18 percent or more and driving while intoxicated, and ticketed him for failure to yield the right of way and failure to use designated lane. He will answer the charges March 24 in Bombay Town Court.
WARRANT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police picked up Brian J. Boots, 35, of Rooseveltown on an active warrant. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and released to reappear March 17.
WARRANT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police picked up Charles V. Thompson, 47, of Hogansburg on an active warrant. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and released to reappear March 24.
MARIJUANA POSSESSION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Scott D. Peters, 39, of Akwesasne, Que., with unlawful possession of marijuana and ticketed him for speed in zone (51/34 mph zone). He will answer the charges March 17 in Bombay Town Court.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Donald J. Hamoy, 40, of Malone with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and ticketed him for failure to exhibit license, operating a motor vehicle with obstructed vision and unsafe passing on the left. The tickets are returnable March 17 in Bombay Town Court.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Steven P. Seymour, 25, of Hogansburg with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and ticketed him for motor vehicle lights that didn’t meet the standards and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver. The tickets are returnable March 24 in Bombay Town Court.
UNAUTHORIZED USE - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Logan J.W.S. Cree, 16, of Hogansburg for third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver. The tickets are returnable March 24 in Bombay Town Court.
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Dawn E. Day, 35, of Akwesasne for following too close.
INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed the following motorists for inadequate headlights:
• Stephanie M. Square, 42, of St. Regis, Que.
• Wilfred V. Rochem, 65, of Montreal, Que.
• Floanne K. Benedict, 49, of Hogansburg
INADEQUATE TAIL LIGHT - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed the following motorist for inadequate tail lights:
• John S. Francis, 47, of Akwesasne, Ont.
• Mark E. Curran, 50, of Massena
• Joy A. Lazore Gibson, 43, of Hogansburg
SPEED IN ZONE - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed the following motorists for speed in zone:
• Krista L. Harper, 27, of Cornwall Ont. (62/35 mph zone)
• Martha A. Cook, 69, of Akwesasne (60/45 mph zone)
• Gregory B. Renwick, 57, of Sherrill (50/35 mph zone)
• Kaitlyn N. Graffi, 22, of Hogansburg (51/35 mph zone)
SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Michael A. Martin, 45, of Whitesboro for speed not reasonable and prudent at 1:13 p.m. Monday following a property damage accident on Maple Street.
The Police Department
Monday, March 2, 2015
0756 Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Cottage Street.
0804 Patrols checked on the welfare of an individual on Market Street.
0913 Completed a record check for the New York State Police.
0938 Received a mental health pickup order.
0946 Completed a record check for the New York State Police.
1004 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
1100 Completed a record check for a subject.
1120 Completed a record check for the Sheriff’s Department.
1134 Patrol responded to a duress alarm on Debra Drive.
1232 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
1313 Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Sandstone Drive.
1436 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
1450 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
1604 Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Clarkson Campus.
1729 Received a harassment complaint.
2224 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
BRASHER FALLS - St. Lawrence Central will host Williamsville East from the Buffalo area in the opening round of the New York state Division II playoffs at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Town Community Center.
Williamsville East advanced to the state tournament by downing Kenmore East 2-0 in the Section 6 title game Monday night in Buffalo.
Meanwhile, another Larries for this season from the Buffalo area, Canisius, will be playing in the state Catholic league championship game after edging St. Joe’s 2-1 in a title game in Buffalo.
St. Lawrence Central was ranked second in the Divison II sportswriters poll released last week, and Williamsville East held down the top spot.
CANTON — Over the protest of Democrats, the Republican-controlled St. Lawrence County Legislature decided Monday night to reverse its decision to split $4 million in Mohawk land claims settlement funds with the towns of Brasher and Massena and the St. Lawrence Central School District.
Lawmakers voted 9-4 to rescind a resolution that was approved in December, a move that drew quick criticism from former board Chairman Jonathan S. Putney, D-Waddington.
Mr. Putney harshly criticized Chairman Joseph R. Lightfoot, R-Ogdensburg, and other Republicans for bringing up the issue without first discussing it in committee and without notifying the public in advance.
The resolution wasn’t listed on the board’s meeting agenda and came as a surprise to Democrats, who found it waiting for them on their desks when they arrived for the meeting.
“How does this give the public the opportunity to weigh in on an important issue? This is disturbing,” Mr. Putney asked. “This is not right. I’m really disappointed.”
“This is being done under the cover of night,” said Legislator Gregory M. Paquin, D-Massena. “That is less than honorable.”
In December, before Democrats relinquished majority power to Republicans and while Mr. Putney was still chairman, the board decided the county would split the $4 million it’s supposed to receive in annual land claims payments.
According to the December resolution, the towns of Massena and Brasher would have each received $750,000 a year, while the St. Lawrence Central School District would have received $500,000 annually. The county would retain the remaining $2 million.
Republicans have argued that the memorandum of understanding signed May 28 by Mr. Putney provided the county $4 million a year “for its unrestricted use.” The MOU was also signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and representatives from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe,
The MOU also provides payments to St. Lawrence County and respective towns “sufficient to hold them harmless” from the loss of future property and school taxes that become part of the reservation. The land claims settlement has the potential to impact 1,360 acres in the town of Massena and 3,440 acres in the town of Brasher.
Because those municipalities will be reimbursed for any lost property taxes, Legislator Joe A. Timmerman, R-Potsdam, said he believes it’s not fiscally responsible for the county to share the $4 million with the towns of Massena and Brasher or with school districts.
“I ran on fiscal responsibility. Double paying towns and school districts is not fiscally responsible,” Mr. Timmerman said. “This is a time period where the county is in desperate financial straits. We do need to keep the entire $4 million for its unrestricted use.”
Mr. Timmerman said officials from Massena and Brasher and the St. Lawrence Central School District — as well as the Massena Central School District, which was also at one time slated to receive some of the money — have provided their input at past legislature meetings.
Legislator Donald J. Hooper, R-Ogdensburg, said the town of Brasher has a $1.4 million fund balance, the town of Massena has a $2.6 million fund balance and the county has a negative fund balance.
“To me, that speaks volumes about why the money needs to stay with St. Lawrence County,” Mr. Hooper said.
Legislator Stephen M. Putman, D-Canton, said the county may be opening itself to lawsuits from the towns of Brasher and Massena if it proceeds with the plan to keep the entire $4 million a year in land claim payments.
“There’s no question these town boards believe the county was negotiating for us and for them,” Mr. Putman said.
Legislator Travis E. Dann, R-Gouverneur, said another resolution should be negotiated to replace the one that was rescinded.