New York state briefs

Staff reports

Bay bridge cited by inspectors

IRONDEQUOT — The Irondequoit Bay Bridge was found to have minor structural deficiencies, causing it to  receive a "yellow flag" after a state mandated inspection in late August. 

The yellow flag was issued for hairline cracks in two concrete pedestals on top of the bridge piers, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

Forty-nine New York state deck truss bridges like the one that collapsed in Minneapolis a few months ago were inspected after Gov. Eliot Spitzer created a task force to conduct the inspections.

Approximately 5 percent of the bridges inspected were flagged for some type of deficiency, according to the report issued by the New York State Bridge Task Force on Aug. 31. Only two bridges received red flags, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, and the Route 9W bridge in Orange County.  Red flags are for structurally critical deficiencies, while yellow flags indicated less critical conditions.

Deer collides with bicyclist

JERUSALEM — A visitor from Washington, D.C. was thrown from his bicycle Saturday afternoon after hitting a deer on Pepper Road, near the village of Penn Yan.

Richard L. Doege, 67, was cycling north on Pepper Road with a relative when a deer ran in front of his bicycle, according to Yates County Sheriff's Office. Doege was thrown over the handlebars and deer, landing on the roadway. Doege received abrasions and other injuries and was airlifted by Mercy Flight Central to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. 

Duo must repay millions

ROCHESTER — Two men have been ordered to pay about $11.7 million plus $75,000 in civil penalties by the U.S. Western District Court of New York  for their role in a scheme that mainly targeted the elderly.

Between 1996 and 2004, Ted Tackaberry and Mark Palazzo, the heads of Pittsford Capital LLC, raised at least $15 million from no less than 275 investors, many of them  retirees, according to a report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The men issued promissory notes in various real estate companies, all of which were owned by Tackaberry and Palazzo.

In July 2006, the SEC was able to freeze the men's assets and appointed Lucien Morin, a Rochester-based bankruptcy lawyer, as receiver in the case.

Fair-trade store celebrates  a decade

PITTSFORD — A one-of-a-kind  store will celebrate its 10th anniversary beginning this Saturday.

One World Goods is a nonprofit, fair-trade store where Rochester-area shoppers can pick up a handmade ornament from India, a leather drum from Africa or a necklace made from aluminum soda cans, without ever leaving the county.

The store will celebrate its anniversay with  a drumming group and food and drink tasting.

"There is a need to help artisans out there who are really either unemployed or underemployed and they're not getting help from their own government," said store manager Raquel Marchenese, highlighting workers in Third World countries. "It's also a way for communicating to the community that there's a need out there (for) such a thing as fair trade."

By selling fair-trade products, One World Goods  promotes standards for international labor and working conditions in developing nations.  Along with Marchense, three part-time assistant managers work there along with One of them is Kelly Gilman, who said: “It's sort of a nice conduit to get the quality goods and make sure that the people on the other end aren’t in slave labor.”