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Binghamton, New York
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Friday, March 25, 1994
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4B Press & Sun-Bulletin Friday, March 25, 1994 BINGHAMTON OPffopeirty owMeffs complaiM aboett taxes By PKSUIP PINA Staff Writer - They gathered in Binghamton City Council chambers Thursday tiight and said they've had and paid enough. About 75 owners of city apartment, commercial and industrial buildings complained about their jtaxes during a meeting by the Binghamton Property Owners Association. If they want their voices STATE POLITICS Candidate rilling bid By DON S2AJ5RA Staff Writer Richard H.Rosenbaum's resume reads like the quintessential Republican insider, but he's sounding like & maverick these days. ; Rosenbaum, formerly a state Republican Committee chairman as well as a Republican national committeeman for New York, stopped in Binghamton Thursday on a statewide tour promoting his grassroots candidacy for governor. Criticizing the "king-making" practices of the Republican leaders who are shunning him, Rosenbaum said instead of going to the OOP nominating convention in May, he'll go to the people with a petition dnve to put his name on ihe ballot. - "You watch what some so-called Republican leaders are doing and lyou see it's the same old suicide act. They're in the process of handing the election back to Mario Cuomo," Rosenbaum said, speaking to a group of roughly 25 people gathered at the Hotel De ville Jn downtown Binghamton. "...They might as well hire Dr. Kevorkian s their campaign manager since Tie's the world's expert on how to kill yourself." A virtual laundry list of potential Republican candidates has surfaced in the last few months, Erompting some behind-the-scenes attling over candidates between the state's top two GOP leaders: state Senate Majority Leader Ralph Marino and U.S. Sen. Alfonse M. FAVORED-NATION STATUS Retired general says U.S. jobs depend on trade with China By NADINE SUMAK Staff Writer Relinquishing China's most-favored-nation status would be a mistake, a former director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Said Thursday. ; "The United States needs China a lot more than China needs the United States," Retired Army Lt. Den. Thomas W. Kelly told about J10 people at the monthly breakfast meeting of Binghamton University's Harpur Forum at the Holiday Inn-Arena. Kelly, who held the Joint Chiefs post during the Persian Gulf War, now is president of an energy plant development company, The Wing Group Limited Co., that is working on a multimillion-dollar deal to build several electric plants in China. In February, the State Department said the country would receive negative marks in an annual human rights report to be released in June. The report is expected to say more political prisoners have been released, but China's steps so far have been insufficient to meet basic human rights conditions laid out by President Clinton in 1993 as a condition for continuing China's most-favored-nation trade status Into 1994. ; Most-favored-nation status allows a country to sell goods to the United States at reduced tariffs. Most U.S. trading partners fenjoy this status. I China's status is being debated. "municipal government Man accused of ramming town hall Police say backhoe did $1,500 in damage : GUILDERLAND (AP) A man was ordered jailed and told to jindergo a psychiatric evaluation after authorities say he rammed a town hall building with a backhoe in a dispute over sidewalk regulations. ; David P. Fusco, 36, of Schenectady was arrested Wednesday and charged with reckless endanger-ment and criminal mischief. I Fusco got into an argument with )nn Rose, supervisor in the Town of Guilderland in suburban Albany, heard, they will have to return when council members are there, said Doug Ritter, director of the Independent Real Estate Investors Association. He plans to. Last year when city council approved the homestead tax rate, it lowered the amount of money paid by homeowners. But it raised the amount of money paid by businesses, and that was unfair, Ritter said. warns Republicans for governors seat . V I si V , .. .i.i A 1 imri Him n i n r in I - I Richard H. Rosenbaum D'Amato. Most local Republican leaders view the front-runner in the nominating race to be Peekskill-area state Sen. George E. Pataki, who has D'Amato's backing. Rosenbaum, 62, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. He cited crime and jobs as key issues in the race, pledging his support for the death penalty and tougher sentencing, and for initiatives that reward improved performances by businesses and educational institutions. He also focused on the political system in Albany, promising he'd work to eliminate the influence of powerful special interest groups and to Thomas W. Kelly The New York Times reported Thursday that the president recently told lawmakers and aides that the last thing he wants to do is withdraw trade benefits because it would cost the U.S. thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in contracts. Kelly said he has been to China on several recent occasions to work out details on his company's project and saw "no human rights violations" while he was there. "Everyone has food and shelter," Kelly said. "If those aren't basic human rights, I don't know what are." Nor, Kelly said, did he see any "manifestation of oppression," in the country. "The United States should clean up their own problems before criticizing other countries," he said. when she insisted that he build wider sidewalks at a local business development. Minutes later, Fusco got in his backhoe and repeatedly rammed the columns on Town Hall, police said. Damage was estimated at over $1,500 to several benches and shrubs, and police said. Town police, stationed next door, intervened quickly. Rose said she had asked Fusco to widen sidewalks at a development in Guilderland to comply with f . J J f In addition, he plans to challenge the reassessment of his properties and encourages others to do the same. Most towns in Broome County participated in the property reassessment. "When this reassessment started they told me my tax was going to take a 5 percent increase. Now with homestead, I got my first bill and it was SO percent more than last year," he said. "That is outra- "break up this cozy political deal" that all but ensures re-election for incumbents. "I'm not a career office-holder. I make a good living. I don't need the job," said Rosenbaum, a lawyer with the Albany-based law firm Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle. "I don't value chauffeurs and the bag carriers, and, if I get elected, I'm going to do what's right to stop the crash and fall of New York State and I don't care who doesn't like it." State Sen. Thomas W. Libous, R-Binghamton, said Thursday it's apparent there will be a Republican primary for governor, and that it could be healthy for the party. He said Rosenbaum does not reflect the attitudes and beliefs of most Republicans, however. "He's a nice fellow, but he's much too liberal for me," Libous said. "He kind of represents the Republican party of 25 years ago ... The (Nelson) Rockefeller Republicans." Under state election law, statewide candidates seeking to get on a party ballot must either be selected by vote at the party's nominating convention, or gather at least 15,000 petition signatures, including at least 100 each from at least half the state's 31 congressional districts. Rosenbaum said as governor he'd work to repeal the state's "crazy petitioning laws," opting to "let anyone run and let the voters sort it out." Another Asian hot spot, North Korea, poses no security threat, Kelly said, because it no longer has the Chinese to support it. The rhetoric has been heated since North Korea refused to permit international inspectors to test a suspected nuclear site last week. It is believed the country is developing or has developed nuclear weapons. Kelly said North Korean Ambassador Chu Chang Jun's statement Wednesday that war may break out if Patriot missiles are shipped to South Korea is just an empty threat. "We can step on them like a bug," he said. But Binghamton University Political Science Professor, Otto Ulc, reached at his office, disagreed with Kelly. Human rights violations are plainly evident in China, Ulc said. "If students can be locked up for years because of comments ... and butchering babies in the eighth month are not human rights violations, I don't know what are," he said. "I would like to know what's going on in the head of that retired general." Ulc also said North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities shouldn't be minimized. "That 'bug' is likely to have one or two or three atom bombs," Ulc said. "And their army is superbly disciplined. They may be slightly bluffing, but the Chinese still nave a considerable influence." the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. "He disagreed with the town's position," Rose said. "We told him last September the sidewalks were not up to specification." She said Fusco wrote a number of letters to the town about the dis agreement before Wednesday's argument. r He walked out like he had in the past. He looked angry, but did n't say he planned to do anything," Rose said. geous. It has decreased the value of my building because I have to pay more taxes." But the homestead tax rate provision was started to make the gap between business and homeowners more fair, said Gordon R. Wack-ett, R-5th District. Property owners of both groups have been complaining about their reassessments. "And if anyone tells me that my taxes are too high, I say, 'So are OBITUARIES Marion A. Farley Of Binghamton Marinn A fHoctinnc portaif 01 nt Binghamton, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday at River Mede Manor. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis R. t-ariey. ane is survived by her nieces, Dorothv Armhrtist. Rinahamtnn Marv Lou Gentilini, Scarborough, ME and Mary Ryder, Hillcrest; several other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a lifelontr member of St Pauls Church. Binghamton. Funeral Services will be held at the JA McConnack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Mam St., Binghamton Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Pauls Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Grace Layton of Binghamton Funeral Services for Grace Layton will be held at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City, Friday at 2 p.m.. The Rev. Jim Yates, of Wattsburg, Pa., will officiate. Burial will be in Shawsville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Contributions may be made to the Ross Corners Baptist Church, 2141 Owego Rd., Vestal, NY in Grace Layton's memory. Gordon G. Gregory, Sr. of Nineveh Relatives and friends are invited to attend memorial services at the Nine veh Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 26, 1994 at ll a.m. witn Kev. Douglas Home officiating. Memorial contributions in Mr. Gregory's name to the Nineveh Presbyterian Church Building Fund or the Colesville Ambulance Squad would be appreciated. Arrangements are by the Osterhoudt-Leopold Funeral Home, Harpursville. Betty J. Tartanian of Vestal A Memorial service for Betty J. Tartanian will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 1994 at the Maine federated Church, Z615 Mam M., Maine, N.Y. The Rev. David Williamson, pastor of the church, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Maine Volunteer Emergency Squad, PO Box 157, Maine, N.Y. 13802. Arrangements are by Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 East Main St, Endicott Charles Hungarter of Endicott Memorial services for Charles Hun- farter will be held Friday at 11 a.m. rom the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 E. Main St., Endicott with Rev. Robert Lanton, pastor of the Whitney Point United Methodist Church officiating. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 57 Front St., Binghamton, MY 139U3 or to a Trust Fund for sons Zachari and Ian, care of May Hungarter, PO Box 384, Endicott, NY 13761. David E. Thomas of Gibson, Pa. David E. Thomas, of Gibson, died Wednesday, March 23, 1994 at home. Born in Reading, Pa., he was the son of the late Valentine J.H. and Florence (Koch) Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a school administrator of the former Rhodes School in New York City and attended Maryville College, Tenn. and Miami University, Ohio. He was a recent graduate of the Master Gardner Program at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Binghamton, N.Y. His survivors are four sisters, Florence K. Thomas, Reading, Pa., Patricia T. Oldani, Boardentown, N.J., Joanne T. Smith, Boardentown, NJ. and Jacque-lyn T. Amison, Trenton, N.J.; one brother, James H. Thomas, Ewing Township, N.J. Burial will be private. Arrangements by Peter P. Savage Funeral Home, 183 Main St., New Milford, Pa. Mary L Deabler of Yuma, Az Mary L Deabler, 84, of 1712 Camino Pradera, Yuma, died March 19, 1994 at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Az. She was the daughter of Fred and Josephine Lidle; she is survived by her husband, Paul, Yuma; two sons, Frederick, Modesto, Ca. and Herber Deabler, Greene, NY; one daughter, Paula Tindall, Yuma; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was an owner of a 7-11 Convenience Store. A former member of Hoemako Hospital Auxiliary and Zonita Ints'l. Memorial Services will be held March 28, 1994 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Yuma, Az. Private cremation by Ryzek Yuma Mortuary, Yuma, Az. Donations may be made to St. Paul's Memorial Fund, 1550 14th Ave., Yuma, Az. Arrangements by Ryzek Yuma Mortuary, 551 W. 16th St., Yuma, Az. . mine'," he said. Homestead is a New York tax option that allows municipalities to have two separate property tax rates, a lower one for residential property owners, and a higher one tor commercial and industrial owners. Binghamton City Council approved the tax option in February.1993- The recent countywide proper-ty value reassessment would have The obituaries, In Memortema and Cards of Thanks that appear below are paid announcements. The list of deaths that appears elsewhere in this section is provided free of charge. Obituary Department: 798-1 104. HOURS: Mon.-Fri. B:30em-8:00pm; Sat. 8:00am-4:30pm; Sun. & Holidays 5:00pm-8:00pm. Floyd (Chubby) Schermerhorn of Harpursville Floyd (Chubby) Schermerhorn, 76, of Harpursville died Wednesday, March 23, 1994 at Wilson Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Lacey); sons and daughters-in-law, Olin and Sherrie Schermerhorn, Harpursville, Francis and Sharon Noyes, Harpursville; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Danny Northrop, NC; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one niece. Prior to his retirement in 1980, he was employed as a custodian for the Harpursville Central School District. He was an US Army Veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion Post 1596, Harpursville. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Monday, March 28, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Osterhoudt-Leopold Funeral Home, Harpursville with Rev. Barbara Green officiating. Visiting hours are Sunday evening from 7 to 9 at the funeral home. Joseph F. Brhel Of Endicott Joseph F. Brhel, 80, of Endicott, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, March 23, 1994 at his home. He was predeceased by his wife, Roberta in 1982 and two brothers, John and Jerry Brhel. He is survived by a daughter, Rita Snively, Scotia, NY; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Donna Brhel, Saranac Lake, Donald Brhel, Montrose, Pa., Jay and Ann Brhel, Endicott; four gran dchil-dren, Daniel and Emily Brhel, Endicott, Eli Brhel, Saranac Lake, Katie Snively, Scotia; a brother, Frank Brhel; two sisters, Eva Brhel and Mary Swack-hammer; several nieces and nephews. He was a retired employee of Endicott Johnson Corp. with 35 years of service and a retired employee of the Village of Endicott Street Department with ten years of service. He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the US Army and a member of the American Legion Post 1700, Endicott He was a founder and member of the Glendale Beagle Gub. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, 312 East Main St., Endicott. The Rev. Craig A. Satterlee, Pastor, will officiate. Entombment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home Inc., 300 East Main St., Endicott Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 57 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Joseph M. Foltin of Endicott Joseph M. Foltin, 82, formerly of 309 Taylor Ave., Endicott, passed away Thursday morning, March 24, 1994 at the Willow Point Nursing Home. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Conrad, Endicott; two grandsons, David and Cheri Conrad, Baldwinsville, NY, Thomas and Therrie Conrad, Austin, Tex.; two granddaughters, Karen Shupp, Endwell, Colleen and Jay Ligas, Binghamton; seven great-grandchildren, DJL, Courtney, Thomas, Ken-nis, Stephanie, Jamie and Rachel; one sister, Margaret Painley, Parma, Ohio; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Louise Fulton; one sister-in-law, Josephine Fulton, all of Barltimore, Md.; his brother-in-law, Charles Stan-ko, Endicott; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a member of St Joseph's Church, Endicott; a retired machine operator for Endicott Johnson Corp.; and former owner of Joe's T.V. Repair. Funeral services will be held Saturday 9 a.m. from the Leon Pucedo Funeral Home, Inc., 1905 Watson Blvd., Endicott and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Pucedo Funeral Home, Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Foltin may be made to a charity of one's choice. Lee J. Ciccone of Ararat, PA Funeral services for Lee J. Ciccone will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, on Friday, March 25, 1994, at 10 a.m. and at St Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, Jackson, at 1 1 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Thomas A. Cappelloni. . Interment will be in the St. John's Cemetery, New Milford, in the spring. Lela Cure Kennedy of Binghamton, NY A Memorial Service will be held at Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6 Morris Street (at Mitchell Avenue), Binghamton, NY, Saturday, March 26, 1994, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church immediately after the service. Remembrances may be made to Ross Memorial Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. t raised the tax bills for 67 percent of the city's estimated 12,000 homeowners, and their percentage paid of last year's $17.9 million budget would have been 56 percent. With the homestead option in effect, taxes went up for only 58 percent of the homeowners. But they also went up for a comparable 57 percent for the commercial and industrial land owners, Wack-ett said. Donald L Rowe of Nineveh Donald L Rowe, 65, of Nineveh, dirJ Monday, March 21, 1994 at Walker Memorial Medical in Wauchula, Ha. Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Donna Marie Tucker, Nineveh; five sons, Douglas A., Upper Marlboro, VA, Duane, Kingsport, TN, Gary, Auburn, NY, Dean, St. Petersburg, Fla., Donald, Greene, NY; his mother, Estella Rowe, Harpursville; two sisters, Jean Finch, Harpursville, Marian Rowe, Garland, Tex.; 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Broome Co. Road Department; he was an Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 1596 in Harpursville; Mr. Rowe was also a member of the Harpursville Fire Dept., and the Colesville Ambulance Service. Relatives and friends are invited !o attend the funeral services on Saturday, March 26, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Osterhoudt-Leopold Funeral Home in Harpursville with Rev. James Edwards of the Harpursville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will he in Perch Pond Cemetery . Visiting hours are Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Mary L Bruetsch of Corbettsville, N.Y. Mary L. (Roosa) Bruetsch, 94, of Corbettsville, N.Y. died at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 1994 at her residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles F. Bruetsch. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Robert Warner, Binghamton; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Bruetsch, Conklin and Joseph Bruetsch, Corbettsville; six grandchildren, Robin and Jamie Kim-mel, Leslie Warner, Marnie and Tim Burdick, Michael Bruetsch, Suzanne and Mark Minoia and Katie Bruetsch; four great grandchildren, Jared, Lindsay, and Hannah Kimmel, Jedd Burdick; sister, Lena Every, NJ.; sisters-in-law, Isabelle Roosa, Ina Stanton and Mary Cheer. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Kirkwood. A Funeral Mass will be offered Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Kirkwood. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McConnack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main St., Binghamton, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Blind Work Association, 55 Washington St., Binghamton, N.Y. 13901. Charles Wesko of Endicott Funeral services for Charles Wesko will be held Friday 10:30 a.m. from the Leon Pucedo Funeral Home, Inc., 1905 Watson Blvd., Endicott and at 1 1 a.m. at St Joseph's Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Cemeteiy in the Spring. m In Memorial In Loving Memory of Morris Pompeii Happy Birthday in heaven, Grandpa. I will always love you. Love. Cathv IN LOVING MEMORY OF SHAWNE MARIE BRYCE March 25, 1990-You are on our minds and in our hearts. Miss you. Love. Joann. Gloria and Carl Adams In Loving Memory of Anna Solecky It has been two years since you departed, and our memory of you is ever present. The times we shared are precious, and not a day goes by without our thinking of you. We miss you anj are comforted in knowing you are in good hands. Love, Your family In Memory of Shawne, TJ and Debbie Mar. 25, 1990. Together forever and never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart Miss you much. Love Sunshine. Carmen and Jennifer! In Loving Memory of Anna Solecky I 3-25-92 ; Its been two long years since yon departed from us, you know in our cyc j there are still so many tears. We mi; $ you more & more each day. Tha memories and love we shared with you will always be in our hearts & in ou minds. We just want you to know we love you today, tomorrow & always! Love & Miss you Dearly, You Husband. Wasyl and daughter. In:n:. To My Beloved Daughter Shawne Marie Who left this world 4 years ago today; Sweetheart, I love you and I miss you tcrrib'y. i thank Jesus for giving me the cours e; and the strength to live everyday' without you. He knows I couldn't do if alone. ; Love, "m ? 4

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