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Board of Directors

Terrence Hammill - Chairman, Board of Directors (
Amy Tresidder - Vice Chairman
Gerald Brown - Secretary/Treasurer
Tom Schneider
John Kares Smith
Ken Stevens

Terrence Hammill - Chairman, Board of Directors
Dr. Terrence M. Hammill taught biology at SUNY-Oswego (1971-2002), chairing its Biology Department for seven years (1990-1996). At his retirement, he held the rank, Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Prior to his employment at SUNY-Oswego, Hammill earned degrees at SUNY-Potsdam (B.S., 1963), the University of Georgia (M.Ed., 1968), SUNY College of Forestry and Syracuse University (Ph.D., 1971). During his academic career, Dr. Hammill was the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation scholarships and research grants, and several research and teaching awards.  While a faculty member at SUNY-Oswego, Hammill was twice elected Mayor of Oswego, and served eight years (1992-1999).  While mayor, Hammill also served on the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Codes Council (1994-1999), the NYS Canal Recreationway Commission (1993-1998), and on various panels/committees for the NYS Conference of Mayors.  Hammill has also served on many community organizations, including Oswego Zoning Board of Appeals, Oswego City Planning Board (Chair), Oswego Economic Development Zone (EDZ) Board of Directors (Chair), Oswego Hospital Planning Committee, Oswego County Opportunities Board of Directors, Oswego Hot Stove Association (Little League), Oswego Maritime Foundation, Success by Six Advisory Board and Policy Council, and more.  Dr. Hammill has traveled widely for professional reasons, giving lectures in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Canada.  While Mayor of Oswego, Hammill traveled and spoke widely in the United States, Canada, France, and three times in Russia.  Dr. Hammill is married to Martha Trembley Hammill, who retired after nearly thirty years as a teacher at Leighton Elementary school and, for several semesters as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for SUNY-Oswego.  Martha Hammill has also been very active in the Oswego community, and was named Oswego City School District Teacher of the Year in 1983.  They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Gerald Brown - Secretary/Treasurer
Gerald Brown is a lifetime resident of Oswego.  He is a 24 year retired Navy Veteran and also spent 20 years at the Niagara Mohawk Nuclear Facility.  During his time in the Navy Gerald served on the USS Capricornus (AKA 57) PHIBRON EIGHT during the Cuban Missile Crisis, worked as a Legal Court Reporter for the THIRD Naval District, and manned Naval Reserve Centers in New York and Massachusetts. In his two decades with Niagara Mohawk he held positions in Security, Mechanical Maintenance, Cocument Control, and Plant Operations. He was educated at the Naval Justice School, Northern Essex Community College, and SUNY Oswego.  In 2006 Gerald was appointed Alderman of the Fourth Ward, City of Oswego, by Mayor Randy Bateman to complete a vacated position. Gerald is life member of the Oswego Elks BPOE #271. He resides in Oswego with his wife Linda. They have two sons, Gregory and Christopher.

John Kares Smith
Dr. John Kares Smith, Professor of Communication Studies, has over thirty years experience serving the faculty of SUNY-Oswego and the Oswego community.  He is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service award, presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity "for dedication and service to the college and Oswego community."  He is also a Recipient of the International Awareness and Peace Award, presented by The Coalition for Peace Education for Outstanding Dedication to Peace Education and Leadership in 2000.  Dr. Smith has earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching bestowed by the Chancellor of the State University of New York, "in recognition of superb performance as a classroom teacher,"  and is also the State of New York and United University Professions Excellence Award for Professional Service, given to "exemplary faculty and professionals in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit in recognition of sustained, outstanding performance and superior service to the State University and to the State of New York."  Since 2000, he has been included in Who's Who Among American Teachers and has been profiled in the Directory of American Scholars.  Dr. Smith has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Oswego Opera Company, a member of the Board of Assessment Review for the City of Oswego and as a member and Vice-Chairman of the Oswego Zoning Board of Appeals.  He and his family have lived in Oswego for amost forty years.

Tom Schneider 

Ken Stevens

Amy Tresidder
Amy Tresidder and her husband, Ernie, moved from Canton, NY to Oswego in 1979, when he started working at Alcan. Before moving to Oswego, Amy, a 1974 graduate from SUNY-Canton, worked as a typesetter at Clarkson University, and later as a secretary at the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services, SUNY-Canton, and BOCES. The Tresidders raised five children, and are the proud grandparents of seven.

Amy was a stay-at-home mom for 22 years. During that time, she was active as a volunteer in the schools and community. She has been a certified La Leche League Leader since 1984. She worked for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (2000-2008) as a secretary and sales coordinator. Tresidder served as an Oswego County Legislator (2010-2016), and was on several special committees, including the Nuclear Tax Status Committee and the Transfer Station Advisory Committee. She also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Agriculture with the New York State Association of Counties. She served on the Advisory Council for the Office of the Aging, and was a Board Member of Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, and Friends of History in Fulton. She is a member of Oswego Elk's Lodge #271.

Tresidder currently is a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, and served as its president for two years. In 2015 Tresidder, was honored as an Oswego County Worman of Distinction by NYS Senator Patty Ritchie's Office. Tresidder also was a candidate for Mayor in Oswego in 2015.

Board Committees, 2017-2018

Executive Committee:
-Defines roles of Board Members and the Executive Director

-Provides Board orientation process

-Oversees public relations

-Maintains organizational chart, and reviews personnel polices

-Provides annual review of the Executive Director

-Makes recommendations for labor agreements

-Maintains job descriptions

Committee Members -
Terrence Hammill, Chairman
Amy Tresidder, Vice-Chairman
Gerald Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Thomas Schneider, Audit Committee Chair

Planning and Development Committee:
-Oversees special planning projects

-Identifies, plans and sets benchmarks for Port services

-Maintains listing of Port assets

-Oversees capital projects and asset acquistion


Committee Members -
Gerald Brown, Committee Chair
John Kares Smith
Ken Stevens

Governance Committee:
-Develops and implements policies and procedures relating to the rules and regulations of the Port regarding hiring, contracting, civil service, pensions and benefits, ethics and conflicts of interests of staff and Board Members, and management of such as it may relate to the governance of the Port of Oswego Authority.

Committee Members -
John Kares Smith, Committee Chair
Ken Stevens
Amy Tresidder

Audit and Finance Committee:
-Reviews both internal and external audit functions, including, but not limited to, working with the outside auditor, reviewing the audit, and implementing actions. -Reviews budgeting, purchasing, sales, procedures, contracts, leases, consultants, employment, and benefit costs, on at least an annual basis.

Committee Members -
Thomas Schneider, Committee Chair
Gerald Brown
Amy Tresidder


The mission of the Port of Oswego Authority is to serve as an economic catalyst in the Central New York Development Council District Region by providing diversified and efficient transportation services and conducting operations in a manner that promotes regional and international growth and development while being mindful of our responsibility to serve as a steward of the environment.

Our Location

1 East 2nd Street Oswego, NY 13126
Phone : (315) 343-4503


Audit Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 6th at 11:30am

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Board Meetings

Meetings will typically be held the first Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Port of Oswego Authority Board Room located at 1 East Second Street, Oswego NY.

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