Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on September 23, 1983 · 9
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22 The Evening Presj Sent P3 1993 Biam!on N V LOCALSTATE ran ( I - ' . ID f J i V' Groups to protest gas decontrol X By GAIL ROBERTS Members of the New York Community Action 'Network, Opportunities for Broome and the International Association of Machinists Local 1807 will join thousands of people across the nation this weekend in protest of the decontrol of natural gas prices, -which they say would cost consumers millions of 'dollars and put people out of work. The protesters also are in support of the Natural t.Gas Consumer Relief Act, a citizen-based energy .'policy that would immediatey roll back gas prices to 1981 levels, extend price controls on new gas through J 1987, and keep ceilings on old gas indefinitely. The Gas Protest Day rally will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the lawn of the Broome County Court- house, Court Street, Binghamton. "Deregulating gas is just turning a wolf loose in a J chicken coop," said Edward Gorman, chairman of j the Board of Directors of Opportunities for Broome. "If (Marine onen season on the public." "The Natural Gas Policy Act that began to take controls off natural gas prices in 1978 has already cost consumers billions of dollars and put thousands of workers out of jobs," said Thomas Murphy, spokesman for the Machinists Union. "President Reagan's plans to accelerate the decontrol of natural gas would double gas prices by 1985 and will result in a loss of 860,000 jobs per year as industries close down because of their inability to absorb the increased costs," Murphy said. About 43 million residences, primarily in the Northeast, and industry in the Northeast and Midwest are dependent on natural gas, according to figures supplied by the New York Community Action Network. The protest is against the McClure Bill, a Reagan-supported decontrol bill that recently passed out of the Senate Energy Committee and is awaiting discussion by the complete Senate. "This is a bill that should be stopped," said Eleanor Derzanovich, chairman of the New York Community Action Network. Derzanovich said that natural gas cost 90 cents per thousand cubic feet in 1978. Its current price of . $1.64 per thousand cubic feet could triple to $6 with accelerated decontrol, she said. Spokesmen for both Columbia Gas of New York Inc. and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. said today they support phased, but not accelerated decontrol of natural gas prices. Robert B. Simmers, district marketing manager for Columbia Gas of New York Inc., said "We feel decontrol is necessary on new gas in order to provide proper incentive to the producers." "We have said that we do not want to see any acceleration of the deregulation of natural gas. We do firmly support the orderly decontrol of natural gas well head prices," said Kenneth B. Hooper, supervisor of public information for NYSEG, which supplies natural gas for Owego. INo factory toxins found in water tests : By CHRIS CELEK The latest tests of water discharged from a plas-tic pipe factory near the Town of Kirkwood's water ' wells indicate that no toxic chemicals were released ;from the plant last week, a state environmental en- gineer and the town engineer said this week. ; Neither the government officials nor American Pipe and Plastics Inc., however, are sure why chem- icals were discovered earlier this year in samples from a drainage ditch located behind the plant. Another set of water samples collected by town Engi- neer Ronald B. Lake is being analyzed to confirm re-suits of testing done for the company. "It's not as serious as previously thought. We - think it is being cleared up, said Mario M. Nirchi, a ". senior sanitary engineer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town officials last week said the discharge of three toxic chemicals, found in samples of water taken in March and August from a ditch that runs near the wells and into the Susquehanna River, threatened to contaminate Kirkwood's underground water supply. No traces of the chemicals were discovered in two supply wells or in five other wells located nearby and used to monitor underground water quality. However, they were found in samples taken by DEC and Kirkwood officials from where a pipe discharging cooling water from the plant, on Route 11, flows into a drainage ditch. Two of the chemicals, including 1,2-dichlo-roethane. a substance known to cause cancer in lab- lNYSEG appoints security director ' ONEONTA Wayne A. Burrell of Oneonta has been appointed to administer security programs for : the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. in the Oneonta, Mechanicville and Pittsburgh areas. I Robert L. Moon, general manager of the East Cen- tral Area, announced Burrell's appointment. Burrell served with the New York State Police for 21 years and was an investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Troop C headquarters in Sidney. He received an associates degree in criminal justice from the State University at Albany. He also received training in specialized crime prevention and investigation. Burrell, his wife and three children live m Oxford. oratory animals, are used to manufacture a material American Pipe shapes into plastic pipe. Ink used by the company to mark its pipes contains the third chemical. American Pipe hired a Waverly laboratory to analyze water samples taken from the ditch last week. Test results were presented Wednesday during a private meeting at the company's office to Lake, Nirchi, a Broome County Health Department representative and company officials. No traces of 1,2-dichloroethane, 1,1-dichlo-roethane, both used to make polyvinyl chloride, or cyclohexanone, used in the ink, were found by the Douglas W. Friend Laboratory, Nirchi said. Company officials and the engineers suspect that the chemicals were discharged through a floor drain, but where they came from remains unknown. One possible source is a point in the pipe-making process where a vacuum is created and heated plastic is cooled by the water, Nirchi said. The Friend laboratory will conduct tests inside American Pipe's plant to locate the source of the chemicals while the town and state engineers continue monitoring water in the ditch and wells. "Our feeling is that all of the discharge should go to the sanitary sewers, but, if it doesn't, (the drain pipe) ought to be run all the way to the river (where the chemicals also will be diluted)," Lake said. 9 --Xi. . . .. J Getting in shape jimwmoh ;2 firms sued on toxic disclosure law : By JOEL STASHENKO The Associated Press ALBANY State Attorney General Rob-vert Abrams says New York has taken the I first legal step to enforcing the workers' "right to know" law. Abrams announced yesterday his office 'has filed suits against two businesses on be-half of three workers, charging that they I were fired for seeking information about ; possibly toxic substances they handled in the workplace facts they have a right to be told in New York. I The "right to know" law, created in 1980, lis designed to give workers the power to learn from their bosses what chemicals 'they are being exposed to on the job. The measure requires employers to teach their ..workers how to safely handle any toxic substances used in the course of their occupa-tion, or refuse to work with them if they Jaren't properly protected. Abrams said one suit was brought on be-shalf of Kathryn Stellrecht of Lackawanna kjwho was fired from her job as a technician in January at Resin Optics Inc. of Elma in blErie County. faj Court papers charge that Stellrecht, tjwho'd recently become pregnant, had requested that the company detail what '-chemicals she worked with in the lens i grinding laboratory at Resin. Abrams argues in papers before State Supreme Court in Erie County that the company refused, and when she asked to be transferred to the company's office until Resin came up with the information, she was fired. The other court case, before state Supreme Court in Nassau County, involves two former employees at Vulcan Fuel Corp. of Floral Park. Abrams said one of the workers, Steve Williamson, was a former assistant service manager of Vulcan who first began to question company officials in March 1982 about the presence of some possibly toxic substances in its fuel oil. The court papers charge that Williamson was first demoted and, when he pressed his demands for company officials to disclose the "nature, basis and composition of all fluids, chemicals, oils and other elements and compounds," he came in contact with, he was fired in May. It is also charged that Williamson developed skin rashes and had difficulty in breathing after coming in contact with some allegedly contaminated fuel oil. Williamson is joined in the complaint against Vulcan by Robert Centrone, a former serviceman for the firm who was also fired in May for requesting information about suspected toxic substances, court papers maintain. Abrams said he is asking the courts to reinstate the jobs of all three workers with back pay, and asking $60,000 in fines against Resin and $100,000 in fines against Vulcan. Edward Maher, deputy commissioner of the state Labor Department, said that despite the suit, he's found that "most companies are complying" with the "right to know" law in New York. Maher said the three employees are the first the state feels for sure have been fired after seeking information about toxic chemicals at their workplace. He said state officials believe there have been others, and the use of other forms of retaliation against employees who haven't come forward. Resin's president, Thomas Murzynski, declined comment on the court action. "I have just heard about it and am discussing it with my lawyer," said Murzynski, the man accused in court papers for firing Stellrecht. Vulcan President Warren Schaffer was not in his Floral Park office yesterday, but the firm's general manager Lillian LaMarsh said "the company denies all allegations." ' Peter P. Zayac, Jr., M.D. William Contini, M.D. Edward D. Miller, M.D. Thomas L. Parsley, M.D. 35 Grand Blvd., Binghamton, N.Y. 729-6304 City of Norwich Department of Public Works employees complete concrete curb forms and jack hammer up a portion of Elm Street near its intersection with Beebe Avenue. Workers expected to pave the street area this week. The work is being made possible through a state grant. The city is spending approximately $52,000 in street reconstruction projects through the grant. MEN- NEEDED! MONDAY AT 9 PM LAU2EL BOWL 723-8344 137 LAUREL AVE.,, BINGHAMTON ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE, P.C. John Harding, M.D. Barbara S. O'Dea, M.D. 3 Park Avenue, Binghamton, N.Y. 723-7471 Susan O. Cassidy, M.D. 333 Hooper Rd., Endwell, N.Y. 757-0444 Announce their association, as of October 1 , 1983, with THOMAS J. OVEN, M.D. for the practice of Rheumatology Office hours by appointment only 35 GRAND BLVD., BINGHAMTON, N.Y. 729-6304 333 HOOPER RD., ENDWELL, N.Y. 757-0444 r 1 WANTED! SCRAP 50' Aluminum Copper Dalivmr to: Greenblott Metal Co., Inc. ' 7-9 Alice St. ' $182,000 spent for memorabilia of star Swanson NEW YORK (AP) - Admirers of Hollywood queen Gloria Swanson descended on a Manhattan auction house and spent a total of $182,000 on the clothes and memorabilia the star had accumulated over a 60-year cinematic and theatrical career. A standing-room only crowd of more than 900 bidders packed the William Doyle Gallery on the Upper East Side yesterday for a day and evening sale that offered 573 items from her life. The show stopper was a Chantilly lace scarf dotted with small gold sequins that fetched $8,000. Other high-priced items included a sable street-length fur with a notched lapel collar that brought $3,900; a long rectangular leopard fur stole at $3,750; and a peacock-blue sequined jacket that went for $1,300. The gallery had estimated that the fur would sell in the four digit numbers. They thought that the scarf, which was worn by the actress in the 1950s hit Sunset Boulevard, and the stole would sell for between $300 and $500, and the jacket for around $150. Aside from some items from Sunset Boulevard, the clothes for sale were from Swanson's personal wardrobe. Swanson, who was also an accomplished painter and sculptor, died in New York last April at age 84. The auction was commissioned by her heirs, Gloria Somborn Daly, of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Michelle Farmer Amon of Paris, according to gallery spokeswoman Nevsa Furev. Among Swanson's sculptures was a bronze self-portrait bust executed in 1964 and exhibited at London's Hamilton gallery in 1978. It sold for $1,300, below the $2,000-$3,000 presale estimate. An anonymous New York City celebrity bought an etched Lalique cologne bottle with the name "Gloria" etched on it for $4,500. While the sale was a chance for some who never knew her to get close to the legendary film star, it allowed others to save a piece of her that they had once known. "She was one of my best friends," said Michael Owen, a young Manhattan man who said he knew Swanson in her later years. "There were just some things my friends and I had to have. Things that were special to her." Owen bought a skintight, button-down, white gown for $175 just to get the rhinestone lily-of-the-valley pin that adorned the neckline. Father killed over smoking NEW YORK - A 21-year-old Brook lyn man "gouged" his father to death because he was smoking inside the house, police said. Miroslaw Kaliszewski was arrested after the 6:40 p.m. incident and charged with second-degree murder, Police Department spokesman Officer Norris HoDomon said. Witnesses told police that Kaliszewski got into an argument with his father, Frank Kaliszewski, 43, because he lit a cigarette inside the house, Hol-lomonsaid. It was not immediately known what weapon was used, but detectives said the younger Kaliszewski "gouged out his father's face so badly that it looked like he had been dead for a week," Hol-lomonsaid. Wolf shooting settled ROCHESTER The owner of a tame Canadian timber wolf that once howled in Carnegie Hall has reached an undisclosed financial settlement in a federal civil suit over the shooting of the celebrity canine. John Harris, owner of Slick the wolf, had brought a suit against Ontario County Deputy Sheriff Howard Shera-din, Sheriff Gary Stewart and the county. The suit alleged negligence, civil conspiracy and violation of the law in the May 1980 shooting of wolf . Sheradin shot the wolf to death after he found the animal trying to climb over the fence of a pigpen. Death called political NEW YORK - An exiled Haitian newspaper publisher who was shot to death outside his Brooklyn home was slain because of his opposition to the dictatorial regime of Haitian Presi-dent-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier, the victim's son said. Firmin Joseph, 52, was shot Wednesday by two men who approached him as he left his car. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Kings County Hospital. "My father was shot by political opponents from Haiti," Joseph's son Yves, 22, said yesterday. Police said Joseph, who came to the United States in the 1956, was publisher 1 s In the State of the weekly French language newspa-per Tribune D'Haiti. Parts of baby found HENRIETTA - Police say a medical examiner's autopsy will determine what, if any, charges will be filed against a 14-year-old girl believed to be the mother of a newborn baby found in a garbage bag in this Rochester suburb. . Gerald Barker, chief of detectives for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, said parts of the baby, which was born about Sept. 12, were found yesterday along an overgrown trail near the girl's home. The baby had been wrapped in a green garbage bag and animals apparently had gotten into the bag, Barker said. 3 charged in scheme NEW YORK - The discovery of spider webs and dry-rotted tires on a Rolls-Royce has led to indictments against three people who allegedly filed some $20,000 worth of false claims for auto accidents. Indicted on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges yesterday were Joseph Serio, 32, of New Hyde Park, president of International Fleet Motors; Elaine Marmiroli, 45, of Flushing, Queens; and Angela Ruffino, 31, of Manhattan, a self-employed interior decorator, Queens District Attorney . John Santucci said. ' All three pleaded innocent and were released on their own recognizance. Santucci said the three were involved in a "retread scam" in which two cars are found with "unrepaired damages from separate old accidents that match up to appear the result of one newly claimed accident which never actually happened except in the false papers filed." Compiled from Preuwiic Krvkes ' " '.' ' --- "H-1""' ' git '" " ' ' I inn nn-n tnHl ff ' . . t GRAND OPENING WINNERS AT... THOMAS' NATURALIZER GR PRIZE; $200 VALUE SHOE WARDROBE LINDA WYSZKOWSKI OAKDALE MALL (Across from Bradlees) 2nd PRIZE; PR. of NATURALIZER BOOTS CATHERINE MADDI 3rd PRIZE: PR. of NATURALIZER SHOES ' ROSE KLINKN 4th PRIZE: $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE:! RUTH JOHNSON ANITA BETMKIS GLADYS R. COMSTOCK SOPHIE TOMDX, A. WELCH JAYNE E. CROTSLEY. SOPHIE NAGY PATTY GRACE LOIS BRANDON MARY SIMMONS 5th PRIZE: $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE:! GERALDINE CAROL MRS. FRANK BROWN PETERSON MORAN MARIE VAN MRS. 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