Monday, February 28, 2011

Human Services Leaderhsip Council March 11th Meeting

The next meeting of the Human Services Leadership Council will be
Friday, March 11, 2011
8:00 – 9:30 AM
United Way Building, Rosamond Gifford Conference Room, 518 James Street

Human Services Leadership Council Agenda – March 11, 2011
Introductions (with announcements)

Invited Guests: Area State Legislators and the Governor’s Regional Representative

Dialogue regarding the impact of NYS budget proposals on the community members we serve facilitated by the Advocacy Committee (More information to come!)

Chair’s report: Randi Bregman - Strategic Planning Initiative

Treasurer’s Report: Mason Kaufman

Committee announcements:
Liz Nolan
Mike Melara

Community/ Business Communications:
Sara Wall-Bollinger
Michael Crinnin

Internal Communications and Networking:
Aggie Glavin

Program and Training:
Susan Horn
Marsha Weissman

Next meeting: May 13

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cayuga Fund Accepting Grant Applications

Cayuga Fund Accepting Grant Applications

February 23, 2011 - The Cayuga Community Fund is now accepting grant applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations [501 (c)(3) or other publicly supported organizations] that reside within Cayuga County.

The application deadline is March 31, 2011. Requests may range from $500 - $5,000. Grants must directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County. Visit to access the grant application and guidelines.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Cayuga County. Grants will be awarded from the endowment fund annually to aid vital programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or


Vocational Rehabilitation Fund Accepting Grant Applications

Vocational Rehabilitation Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Allen Speiser Memorial Fund for Vocational Rehabilitation is accepting grant applications from programs that promote the placement and retention of employees with disabilities in the workforce. The application deadline is March 18, 2011. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit, human service organizations that serve people with disabilities in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cortland and Cayuga Counties.

Formerly the C.I.G.S. Foundation, the Allen Speiser Fund has been in existence for more than a decade. The Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new investments, provide additional staff training – filling in the gaps that aren’t covered by government sources or other private funding. The Fund provides grants of up to $2,000, or $4,000 for collaborative projects involving two or more organizations, to agencies that support education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and raises awareness of the employment potential of people with disabilities.

Programs that address job placement and retention through one or more of the following methods will be considered:

· Training for auxiliary personnel - training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide workplace oriented services to individuals with disabilities.

· Equipment and assistive technology - any items or pieces of equipment that will be used to enhance functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

· Materials for building and enhancing job readiness – materials that professionals or employers can use to enhance the employability skills of individuals with disabilities.

· Work supports promoting job accommodation - may include assistance preparing for work, getting to and from work, meeting personal needs in the workplace, and performing job functions.

Visit for guidelines and an application form. Questions may be directed to Danielle Gill at 315.422.9538 or

The Allen Speiser Memorial Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, supports efforts that advance and have a positive impact on vocational rehabilitation services. Vocational rehabilitation is the process of assisting people with any disabling condition to acquire the social, educational and work skills that will lead to employment.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or


Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Post-Standard Achievement Awards winners: Eight men and women who make Central New York a better place

They are teachers who have helped students nurture their talents.

They are community members who have done more than just heal the sick.

They are volunteers who saw a problem and figured out a way to fix it.

The 2011 Post-Standard Achievement Award winners come from all walks of life. And yet they all share a passion for excellence that inspires their communities and a desire to work to make Central New York a better place.

The eight winners will be honored at a noon luncheon April 27 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Here are this year’s winners:

Diane Kuppermann, of Syracuse, has made thousands of wishes come true. As president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York, Kuppermann has fulfilled the wishes of more than 1,200 children across 15 counties.

This year the organization expects to grant about 80 wishes — at an average cost of $9,000 each — to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Kuppermann also serves on the board of directors of Temple Adath Yeshurun and is a life member of the Greater Syracuse Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

In 2008, she received the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah G. Solomon Award, which is given to an individual who has changed the lives of others through his or her leadership efforts and service.

Thomas Slater, of Syracuse, stepped into the role of executive director of the Food Bank of Central New York in 1995, when the organization was virtually bankrupt. ater has helped create a central warehouse and food distribution system that serves 288 different organizations across 11 counties.

Between July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, the food bank provided more than 8,640,094 meals to people in need. Slater has worked to keep administrative costs down while ensuring that for every dollar raised, 95 cents is used for food and direct services.

Before coming to Central New York in 1995, Slater was the founder and president of the Food Bank Association of New York State. Under his tenure, he was able to secure a $5 million increase in funding from the state.

Also awarded...
Bill Aris, of Manlius, is a Fayetteville-Manlius High School track and field coach who has found a winning stride. For more than 10 years, he has coached his students to five Nike national cross-country championships. This includes the five consecutive national championships the girls team won from 2006-2010.

Aris created the “stotan” philosophy of running that emphasizes a healthy lifestyle with rigorous training. The word “stotan” is a combination of the words stoic and spartan, first coined in the 1940s by legendary cross-country coach Percy Wells Cerutty.

“Bill teaches his athletes much more than just how to win,” said Bill Fisher, who had three of his children coached by Aris between 1993 and 2000. “My three children learned many life skills from him that they carried through their college academics and athletics and into their professional careers.”

Deborah Boughton, of Syracuse, is a tireless dance instructor who has taught thousands of students during her 40-year career. At the age of 15, Boughton accepted a Ford Scholarship Award with the National Ballet in Washington, D.C. After graduation from the program and a year with the company, Boughton left to be a soloist at the Syracuse Ballet Theatre from 1970 to 1978.
fter leaving the theater in 1978, Boughton opened the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse. Some of her students have gone on to perform with the Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and the New York City Ballet.

In 1979, Boughton and her husband, Vincent Tumbiolo, were asked by the Cultural Resources Council to create a holiday dance production. The result was “The Adventures of Rudolph,” which has become a children’s holiday tradition, having been performed for more than 180,000 students. This past December, the show celebrated it 31st anniversary.

Avery Brooks, of Syracuse, is a steadfast supporter of athletics who has helped provide Syracuse youth with a way to play. In the 1990s, Brooks saw a need for a summer youth baseball program that extended past the Little League season that ended in June. To fill that gap, he created the Youth Enrichment Outreach Program, which is based on a belief that baseball can help in shaping childhood direction, at least when it is coached by adults who share that faith.

In 2006, Brooks helped Jimmy Oliver, of the Boys and Girls Club, create an inner-city baseball league for 13- to 15-year-olds who were now being served by the Little League. Last summer, Brooks helped his friend Steve Barnum bring the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program to Syracuse for children ages 5 to 12. The program, which is run through Major League Baseball, attracted about 100 children.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Barnum, who has been friends with Brooks for more than 33 years.

Peter Plumley, of LaFayette, has a passion for making science interesting to thousands of Central New York children. Plumley, a professor at Syracuse University, is the director of the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair and the exhibits project manager at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse. While at the MOST, Plumley has helped develop the CNY Rocket Team Challenge and the Bridge Build ’em and Bust ’em challenge, which attracted more than 600 students this past fall.

Between 2001-2005, Plumley was the coordinator for the Explore Engineering program. The program took middle school students on a visit of SU’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, where they explored the labs and interacted with college students.

Plumley is also the director of the Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST. Last year, the summer program had 65 students who learned geologic and environmental methods while performing scientific field work.

Martha Ryan, of Syracuse, is a co-founder of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site, an organization that provides support for families affected by physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse.
Since opening its doors in 2002, the group has helped more than 3,000 children and families. Over the past several years, Ryan has helped raise more than $300,000 for the group.

Ryan, who is a cancer survivor, is also the director of the health system initiatives program at the American Cancer Society. She has worked to increase early detection for breast and colon cancer. Further, she has helped develop the patient navigation program, which helps newly diagnosed cancer patients and caregivers find information and resources.

Ryan also helped turn Upstate University Hospital into a tobacco-free site.

Dr. Lynn Beth Satterly, of Manlius, helped create Amaus Health Services, in Syracuse, in July 2007 with only $50 and a small pile of supplies. he free health clinic serves people in the community who are without available or adequate health care.

Today, Amaus has a staff of more than 15 doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists who volunteer their time at the clinic. The staff sees about 1,000 patients a year at the clinic’s home in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse.

Satterly was inspired to create the clinic by all the volunteer work done by her college English professor, — Kathleen Hunter.

“I’ve always, always, seen education as a way to make the world a better place, through my own ability,” Satterly said. “I really got that from her and from my parents.”

Original article at the

Know a great volunteer? The United Way would like to hear from you

The United Way of Central New York is seeking nominations for its Exceptional Community Volunteer Award.

The award recognizes volunteers who have provided support and made constructive contributions to the agencies they serve. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. March 11. Anyone who works with a volunteer who might be deserving of the award can download an application from the United Way's website (

"Many human service agencies in Central New York depend on dedicated volunteers to keep overhead low and stay efficient," said Frank Lazarski, United Way president. "We're always amazed by the generosity displayed by the nominees for this award and it's always difficult to choose a winner, but it's humbling to see that the rich tradition of volunteerism is alive and well in our friends and neighbors. This is just one small way we can show them that we're grateful for their service."

The award will be presented at the agency's Achievements in Caring event April 13 at the Palace Theatre.

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Central New Yorkers will see effects of President Obama's budget cuts

The Post-Standard related the impact of the President's proposed budget and cuts involved:

When President Barack Obama unveils his budget today for the fiscal year that begins in October, Central New Yorkers will likely see the deepest federal spending cuts since Obama was elected in 2008.

The president’s spending plan will cut sharply into programs that affect the water that Central New Yorkers drink, provide heating assistance for the poor and keep roofs over the heads of Syracuse residents.

The proposed cuts could set up a one-two blow for local governments that count on the federal aid.

House Republicans have promised to move forward this week with budget cuts of $100 billion for the remaining seven months of this fiscal year.

The combination of cuts has already alarmed one local congressman, Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, who thinks it is unfair to eliminate or deeply cut entire federal programs, said his spokesman, Sean Magers.

“Congressman Owens is not in favor of slashing programs completely,” Magers said. “He would rather see across-the-board cuts that share the pain equally. That would minimize the impact of the cuts on any one agency.”

For now, Obama is proposing a series of sharp cuts to specific programs — all aimed at bringing the ballooning federal deficit under control as government borrowing approaches the $14.3 billion limit set by law.

Today's budget

The public can view President Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 later this morning by visiting the website:

There you can find an agency-by-agency breakdown of the president's spending blueprint. The Office of Management and Budget will include fact sheets that break down the impact of the budget for New York state.

Obama wants a five-year freeze on discretionary spending to reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over 10 years.

Among the president’s proposals that would hit hard in Central New York:

• Social grants. A 50 percent cut in the $700 million annual budget for grants that support community organizations in poor neighborhoods, such as P.E.A.C.E. Inc. in Syracuse.

• Housing grants. A 7.5 percent, or $300 million, reduction in annual Community Development Block Grants. The grants support housing, sewer and street projects in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

• Great Lakes. A nearly 25 percent, or $125 million, reduction in the federal share of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supports the cleanup and restoration of the Great Lakes and their tributaries.

• Heating aid. A nearly 50 percent cut of $2.5 billion from an energy assistance fund for poor people, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The 2009 authorized level was $5.1 billion for the program, which helps pay heating and air conditioning bills.

Read more here.

House Proposes Devastating Cuts

House Appropriators Would Slash More than $65 billion in the Next Seven Months;
Vulnerable People Hit Hard

The House Appropriations Committee has released the cuts it will make to finish out the remaining 7 months of this fiscal year. It proposes to cut $100 billion below the President's FY 2011 budget proposal, of which $81 billion is cut from domestic and international programs, and $19 billion comes from military, homeland security, and veterans' programs. The President's proposals were higher than the level of spending that has been adopted so far in temporary spending measures. This proposal cuts about $60 billion as compared to FY 2010. Because there are increases in military, veterans' and homeland security spending, the cut to domestic and international programs is higher than the $60 billion in net reductions. There are $65.5 billion in cuts to domestic and international spending and a net $3.4 billion in cuts to military construction, homeland security, and veterans affairs. There are increases for veterans health care ($3.687 billion), homeland security ($1.2 billion) and defense spending (approximately $9 billion?).

Even though we are already five months into the fiscal year, some programs lose ALL of their regular FY 2011 appropriations (some may have remaining economic recovery or other funding).

Some terminated programs:
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders
Green Jobs Innovation Fund
Career Pathways Innovation Fund
National Health Service Corps
Family Planning (Title X)
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Discretionary Grants
Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Even Start
Striving Readers
High School Graduation Initiative
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (higher ed financial assistance)
LEAP program (for low-income college students)

There are other very draconian cuts. Here are some comparisons to FY 2010 levels. PLEASE SHARE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR CORRECTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THESE OR OTHER CUTS:

$1 billion from Head Start (15 percent);

$1.4 billion from various job training programs (we're not sure exactly what is cut, but for purposes of comparison, two major job training programs, adult and youth training, were funded at $1.78 billion in FY 2010. (That does not include nearly $1.7 billion in economic recovery act funding that was available in FYs 2009 and 2010 - that is gone too.)

Community Health Centers (46 percent of regular appropriation);

Substance abuse treatment (more than $200 million cut);

Community Services Block Grant (44 percent cut);

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) contingency fund (66 percent cut);

FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program (50 percent cut);

Title I (K-12 education for low-income students) ($693.5 million),

IDEA (special education) grants to states: (nearly $560 million);

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (11.4 percent cut);

Community Development Fund ($2.95 billion, or 66.3 percent cut);

Project-based rental assistance ($715.5 million, or 8.4 percent cut);

Public Housing Capital Fund ($1.07 billion, or 42 percent cut);

Housing for the Elderly ($551 million, or 67 percent cut);

Housing for Persons with Disabilities ($210 million, or 70 percent cut).


The full list of cuts from the House Appropriations Committee:

A summary list by appropriations subcommittees:

The full legislative text:
This continuing resolution (CR) will be on the House floor next week (likely starting on Wednesday). Debate may proceed for several days; amendments will be permitted. However, amendments to increase funding for any program can only be allowed if they include cuts in other programs within the same subcommittee jurisdiction. Amendments to cut more deeply will be allowed; funds saved through such cuts are reserved in a "lockbox" to reduce the deficit; the money saved cannot then be used to restore funds to another program. After the bill is passed in the House, the Senate must act on it, and a final CR enacted before the March 4 deadline, when the current temporary spending measure expires.

SAVE for All: Strengthening America's Values and Economy for All

If you were wondering whether you should be part of the SAVE for All campaign, the House spending proposal is a good reason to join. Please read and sign the Statement of Principles, and join with hundreds of organizations to fight harshly short-sighted cuts - and to SAVE vulnerable people from losing services and opportunities to escape poverty.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Study Launched to Determine Economic Impact of Arts and Cultural Organizations within Greater Syracuse Area

For the first time ever, arts and cultural organizations of all sizes within the greater Syracuse area will take part in an economic study to evaluate the impact spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and programs and their audiences have on the local economy. The study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™, is being conducted through Americans for the Arts (AFA), America’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts.

In partnership with the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance of Central New York (ACLA) and the Cultural Resource Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County (CRC), Le Moyne’s Management Division will facilitate the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from nonprofit arts and culture organizations located throughout the region, using data from the Cultural Data Project. In addition, more than 100 Le Moyne students will conduct individual surveys from at least 800 attendees at arts and cultural event during 2011. Results of this comprehensive effort will be published in May 2012.

“The ultimate goal of this initiative is to quantify the economic impact and overall support of the arts from a business perspective,” said Dr. Ronald Wright, the Michael D. Madden Professor of Business Education at Le Moyne College. “Once the information is collected and compiled, there will be objective, accurate and quantifiable data that can be used for a variety of purposes to help support the need for continued investment in the arts and culture.”

This is the fourth time that AFA has conducted the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™ study, but it represents the first time the greater Syracuse area has participated. In 2005 – the last time the study was conducted – several other regions in New York participated, including the greater Buffalo and Rochester areas. In all, approximately 200 study partners across all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia are participating.

“This study could not come at a better time for this region,” said Carol Sweet, president of the steering committee for ACLA, which represents approximately 30 nonprofit groups in Central New York. “Arts and cultural activities are so important to the vitality of any region not only because of their economic impact, but also their contribution to the overall quality of life. This data will be useful in so many ways for ACLA and its members as they seek continued support from many different sources.”
“One potential result could be development of a master cultural plan for the region, similar to what has been done by other regions that have participated in this survey,” said Steve Butler, executive director of the CRC. “Such a plan is a powerful tool in making the case to private donors, foundations, and governmental and corporate entities about why arts and cultural activities are vital to the vibrancy of the community and also a strong driver of the local economy.”

Customized findings will demonstrate the impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences on the greater Syracuse economy. Specifically, the study’s results will include:
• The total dollars spent by nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
• The total dollars spent by audiences as a direct result of their attendance at arts and culture events.
• The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending.
• The amount of resident, household income—including salaries and wages—generated by arts spending.
• The amount of local and state government tax revenues generated by arts spending.

According to the most recent Americans for the Arts study, the national nonprofit arts industry generated 5.7 million jobs and $166.2 billion in total economic activity during 2005, resulting in $29.6 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The $166.2 billion total included $63.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the 2005 study are available at
“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity studies demonstrate that the arts are a formidable industry that stimulates the economy in cities and towns across the country,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive. Still, much has changed since our last study as a result of the economic downturn. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV will allow us to evaluate the impact the recession has had on employment and government revenues that are generated by the nonprofit arts industry.”
Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study is supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the Arts’ local and statewide project partners are contributing both time and financial support to the study.

Read more here

CNY Community Foundation sees spike in contributions as economy, stock market improve

Donations to the Central New York Community Foundation nearly tripled in the last three months of 2010, reflecting an increase in economic optimism, according to a foundation official.

The foundation collected $5.17 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from $1.95 million received in the same period of 2009. The final three months of the year, especially December, is often the busiest time of the year for charities.

“There is some more economic optimism,” said Peter Dunn, president and CEO of the foundation.

Many gifts of stock, real estate and other assets to the foundation are motivated by capital gains. People had more capital gains in 2010 because investment markets improved, Dunn said. The foundation received significant gifts of stock in the fourth quarter, he said. Stock gifts had dried up during 2009, he said.

During the fourth quarter the foundation received 800 individual gifts of cash and stock, up from 570 during the same quarter in 2009 and established 19 new donor-advised, field-of-interest and scholarship funds. The foundation has more than 500 funds that are pooled and invested to grow over time. It is the region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation.

The foundation’s fiscal year ends March 31. It has collected about $7 million so far this fiscal year, about $1 million more than it collected in the last fiscal year.

“It’s a reminder that people here are charitable,” Dunn said. “That will have an impact on the community as a whole.”

The foundation awards about $5 million a year in grants to nonprofit organizations involved in human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. “Our grants budget has been stable over the last several years at a time when a lot of other sources of funding have declined or been under pressure,” Dunn said.

The foundation has given more than $100 million to nonprofits since it was established in 1927. At the same time it manages about $110 million in assets.

Dunn said the foundation’s returns on those assets have improved as investment markets have stabilized.

Original article from

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Donations Increase From Last Year; Grants Milestone Reached

The Central New York Community Foundation saw a 162% increase in donations from the same time last year, collecting $5.17 million between October 1 and December 31. That compares with $1.95 million in gifts during the same period last year, according to the Community Foundation, which is headquartered in Syracuse and funds charities throughout Central New York.

The new contributions included nearly 800 individual gifts of cash and stock, up from 570 during the same quarter in 2009, and the establishment of 20 new donor-advised, field-of-interest and scholarship funds.

The Community Foundation also reached a milestone this year in grants distributed out to the local nonprofit community. More than $100 million has been granted to nonprofits – most of which was distributed to local organizations in just the past twenty years.

The Community Foundation, established in 1927, serves as a charitable endowment, grantmaking organization and philanthropic advisor for the benefit of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout Central New York. Comprised of more than 500 funds that are pooled and invested to grow over time, the endowment’s earnings are used to fund innovative charitable programs over five surrounding counties.

“These numbers reflect the growing confidence Central New Yorkers have in the Community Foundation and its ability to help them make a difference in the community during these tough times,” said Peter Dunn, President and CEO. “Our disciplined spending and investment philosophies allow us to carry out our donor’s wishes -- preserving our endowment and maintaining a high level of giving to local nonprofits -- despite volatile market conditions.”

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or