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Tuesday, September 24, 2013


The City’s hand-over of the Seaport continues… Our next meeting is this Thursday, September 26

The City’s hand-over of the Seaport continues, and it’s up to all of us to do something about it.
The next public meeting of Save Our Seaport is this Thursday, September 26th, 6:30pm, in the library at St Margaret’s House, 49 Fulton Street. (Map)
We will brainstorm and discuss plans for our upcoming Rally (October 5th!), report on last week’s Community Board meeting, talk about the latest news from inside Pier 17, and more.
Please join us!

Friday, September 20, 2013



New York governor George Clinton addresses the
state legislature, urges strengthening defenses
against the British. They vote £30,000 for fortifying
New York City and £12,000 for the frontiers to the
west and north.    

Jan 5                 
Erie Canal engineer and surveyor Holmes 
Hutchinson is born in Port Dickinson to
highways commissioner and former army
paymaster Amaziah/Amassa Hutchinson
and Elizabeth A. Mack Hutchinson.

New York Indian agent General Israel Chapin,
noticing desertions from local reservations and
fearing trouble from his charges, meets with
them at Buffalo Creek and stay close to them
on through this year and into the next.    

Mar 5                 
Onondaga County is carved out of Herkimer
County. The town of Manlius is formed, with
Comfort Tyler as Justice of the Peace.   

Mar 22
The state legislature votes to extend the
Mohawk Valley Road west from Fort Schuyler
(Utica) to the Genesee River. The extension
will be named the Main Genesee River Road.

Apr 16                 
The 28,245-acre second Chenango Township
is granted to William Smith, who is also
granted the third (24,624 acres), fourth
(24,400) and fifth (26,200) townships.   **
The 25,780-acre eighth Chenango Township
is granted to William S. Smith. The 
24,200-acre ninth Chenango Township is
also granted to William S. Smith. The
24,186-acre twelfth Chenango Township,
is granted to William Matlack, Sr.

Simeon DeWitt publishes a map of the
Albany area.    **   The Bayard Land
Company is formed.

County boundaries are surveyed in the
Military Tract.    **    Judge William Cooper
is elected to Congress.    **   Connewango
pioneer Sarah Ash (Metcalf) is born in
Rennsselaer County.    **     A group of settlers
on the banks of Esopus Creek petition the
governor for pasture and firewood land in
the Catskill region. Traders Jacob Rutsen
and Johannis Hardenbergh take notice.    **
The legislature authorizes the surveying of a
road between Utica and the Genesee River.
**     Joseph Lothrop and A. Mead are the first
to settle at the future site of Chenango County's
North Norwich.    **    The first church services
in the Oneida County town of Augusta are held
in the Fairbanks home.    **    The population of
Herkimer County is 1500; Otsego County 12000.
**    The Fabius area is settled.    **    Jason Parker
of Utica and several partners establish a stage
line to Albany.    **    After a subscription of 200
shares is taken up by the state, work on the stalled
Western Inland Navigation Company canal at 
Little Falls is resumed.    **    Medina horse trader
Richard Gordineer is born to Jacob Gordineer,
a Dutch settler in the Mohawk Valley, and a
slave woman. He and his mother will be sold
to Joseph Grant when he is two months old.
**    The approximate date Utica merchant
Peter Smith acquires proprietary rights for close
to 50,000 acres from the Oneida Indians, the
land stretching from Syracuse to the Oneida
County town of Augusta.

©  2013            David Minor                        Eagles Byte

Monday, September 9, 2013


The Pier 17 shopping mall closes after today, with demolition to follow.

The SOS Seaport Watch continues… more hands are needed!
Tuesday, September 10th (that's tomorrow!) at 1:30pm, meet outside Key Food at 55 Fulton Street, from there we’ll move on to The Blue School on Water Street, for an hour or two of leaflets, talking with our neighbors, and bringing people on board for the fight to Save Our Seaport!

The next evening, Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30pm we will have a Save Our Seaport public meeting in the meeting room at St. Margaret’s Center (Map).
At our last meeting, we resolved to increase our activity in the District, plan regular SOS meetings, announce a “Seaport Watch” to take part in (see above), and a rally at the end of the month.

There is much to talk about. We will certainly discuss the disturbing information in this Downtown Express article.
Important meeting dates:
  • Our next SOS meeting, September 11, 6:30pm, St. Margaret’s (Map).
  • Community Board 1 Seaport meeting on September 17 (Details to follow).
Please join us!

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