Recognition of our Local Highway Department

The Town of Oswego Highway Dept. along with the Town of Wheatfield was recently highlighted in the spring edition of “Nuggets and Nibbles”, Cornell Local Roads Programs quarterly newsletter.  Both departments were featured for their willingness to tackle large projects in their communities, and the success and savings they achieved. 


Meeting with State Assemblyman

While in Albany last Wednesday, I was able to meet with Brian Manktelow, our new State Assemblyman, to discuss CHIPS Funding and BRIDGE NY grant awards. Many other Highway Superintendents from Oswego County came with me, to meet Brian. I think he is going to be a strong advocate for our Town. Brian really does understand many of the difficulties we face daily, as he is the former Town Supervisor from Lyons, NY. I am looking forward to working with him in the future

Oswego County RABIES CLINICS 2019

• All Rabies Clinics are on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8pm
• All pets must be at least 3 months of age. Pets receiving their first rabies shot must get a booster within 1 year.
• All pets must be restrained on a leash or in a pet carrier.
• Proof of previous vaccination is required to qualify for a three-year certificate. Accepted forms of proof:
(a) “Certificate of Vaccination” obtained from veterinarian or Oswego County Environmental Division or
(b) “Dog license” showing rabies expiration date.


An Update on the Thompson Road Bridge

I was recently asked about the closing of the Thompson Road, by the NYS DOT, and wanted to share with you the status of the project.    Currently, the Town has had discussions with a contractor for repairs to the existing culverts below, rather than a full replacement.  They have an engineering firm studying the bridge, and hope to have a report soon.  This will outline the feasibility of repairs and/or replacement along with the estimated costs.  Once they have that information, they will then be able to decide how to allocate funds for the repair or replacement option they chose to pursue.

Highway Superintendents Association

I traveled to Albany yesterday with our County Highway Superintendents Association. We met with Senator Patty Ritchie, center and Assemblyman Will Barclay, right and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, left. Our discussion centered around the upcoming State Budget and local CHIPS funding. Later, we were able to meet with our newly elected Assemblymen representing the Town of Oswego, Brian Manktelow. 

David A. Sterio
Town of Oswego
Highway Superintendent
Superintendent of Buildings, Grounds, and Sewers
2227 County Route 7
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 343-0937 office
(315) 591-0973 cell
(315) 343-0486 fax

Dr. Mary Walker

This month marks the centennial of the death of Oswego Town’s own Dr. Mary Walker (1832 – 1919), who earned distinction as the first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Click Here to see the complete article from Oswego County News Now.

Grant Provided to Town will be Used for a New Snowplow


As communities near Lake Ontario—and those in its lake effect snow band—are preparing for yet another potentially significant snowstorm, State Senator Patty Ritchie is helping make sure people living and working in one of our region’s snowiest towns are able to travel more safely by providing a grant to the Town of Oswego for a much-needed snowplow replacement. 

“Last winter, the Town of Oswego was hit with more than 200 inches of snow. That was one of the highest snowfall totals in the entire state,” Senator Ritchie said. “In order to handle that kind of snow, our towns must have the equipment necessary to keep up. I am pleased to have secured this grant for the Town of Oswego to ensure it can continue to handle the significant snowfall it will receive this winter and help keep people safe.” 

Currently, the Town of Oswego has five snowplows in rotation, but one is nearly 20 years old with several mechanical issues and a severely rusted frame. Using the $200,000 grant secured by Senator Ritchie, the town has purchased a 2019 International snowplow outfitted with Viking snow removal equipment critical to keeping roads clean—including a plow, wind and sander. 

“I would like to thank Senator Patty Ritchie for securing the $200,000 grant that allowed the Town of Oswego to purchase a new snow plow truck,” said Oswego Town Highway Superintendent David Sterio. “We greatly appreciate her support and the effort she provided so we can ensure our highway department can keep the roads clear and safe for our residents and travelers during our inclement weather.” 

The new snowplow is expected to be delivered to the Town of Oswego in the coming weeks .

An update on the Thompson Road Bridge

Many residents have asked about the condition of the bridge, and why it had to be closed before repairs are made. Attached is a photographic summary of many of the deficiencies, along with the Red Flag Report issued by the NYS Dept. of Transportation. For the bridge to remain open, the Town is required to provide a report to the DOT, conducted by a licensed NYS Engineer. The Town contracted an engineer to do an inspection and prepare a report at the end of October 2018. The engineers report stated…“that the Town close the bridge until a reconstruction or rehabilitation is designed and implemented.” This report is also attached. 

Recently, options have been discussed with different contractors and engineers for temporary repairs, so that the bridge can be re-opened as soon as possible. Once the town has an idea of potential costs, the Town Board will be able to choose a option and provide funding as necessary.

If you have any other questions or concerns or for more information, feel free to contact David Sterio by email at or phone (315) 343-0937.

New Museum

In exciting news, the Historical Society is proud to announce the creation of the first Oswego Town Museum. 

The Oswego Town Historical Society will open the doors on its new museum next weekend, taking visitors on a journey through nearly 200 years of the lives, times and adventures of its citizens.

The Oswego Town Museum will hold its grand opening and dedication ceremonies on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Oswego Center United Methodist Church at 2316 county Route 7, adjacent to the Oswego Town Hall.

For Historical Society members, the museum offers a chance to showcase exhibits tracing the town’s lineage back to its founding in 1818. The museum will also house a working research center.

“We never thought this dream would come true,” said Town Historical Society President George DeMass.

The church merged with the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church in 2014 to become the new Journey of Faith United Methodist Church and the town of Oswego purchased the building shortly thereafter.

After several years of collecting artifacts and correspondence chronicling the town of Oswego’s rich history, the Historical Society is finally ready to welcome guests to the museum.

One of the most prominent exhibits will feature relics and information on the life of Dr. Mary Walker, the world-famous physician and Oswego town native who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service to the Union during the Civil War.

The Dr. Walker exhibit will feature her personal Bible, which she purchased while working during and in the aftermath of the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

“We’re going to have a great educational program here and hopefully get school groups to come and experience this history,” said DeMass.

Several of the exhibits feature items donated by local residents, including an Emma Adams Columbian Doll, produced by Emma and her sister Marietta on Maple Avenue in the town of Oswego and exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exhibition in 1893.

An upright piano from the Oswego Grange Lodge 115, founded in 1874, is also displayed.

David H. McConnell’s original sales case will be available for viewing. McConnell founded the California Perfume Company in 1886 – the cosmetics company would later become known internationally as Avon.

Several exhibits will highlight the military service of Oswego Town natives and residents. James Lee, the town’s other Medal of Honor winner who was recognized for his service in the Civil War, is featured as well as a footlocker from Captain L.F. Briggs used during his service with the 157th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The museum will also showcase amenities of the former United Methodist Church in which it is housed. Stained glass windows from the turn of the century remain intact as well as much of the original woodworking from its construction in 1892.

More information on the museum and exhibits can be found at Sunday’s event is free and open to the public.