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Board of Directors

Terrence Hammill - Chairman, Board of Directors (chairman@portoswego.com)
Kirk Coates - Vice Chairman - Executive Committee
Gerald Brown - Secretary/Treasurer
Tom Schneider
John Kares Smith
Ken Stevens
AmyTresidder

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.

Kirk Coates - Vice-Chairman
Kirk Coates has over 32 years of serving the public, with 28 of those years in the Oswego community as a University Police Lieutenant at SUNY Oswego.  He started his career in law enforcement with the Cortland County Sheriff's Department and worked part-time for the NYS Park Police.  Coates has extensive training and experience in supervision for the direction and mission of a public agency. During a long career in law enforcement, with three different agencies, he attained extensive training and experience in all aspects of security operations and public safety.  He was a team member of the Emergency Repsonse Team at SUNY Oswego which was charged with responding to any type of emergency that threatened the public.  Additionally, he was responsible for bringing bicycle patrols to Oswego County police agencies as well as the lead instructor and innovator for training police with bikes across New York State. Coates was awarded the NYS University Police Chiefs award for heroism and was the 2010 recipient of Police Officer of the Year awarded by the Oswego BPOE.  Currently "semi-retired", he is an adjunct instructor of American History at SUNY Oswego teaching several courses in American History as well as a course in the History of American Police.  He holds an MA and BA both from SUNY Oswego.  Kirk lives in the City of Oswego with Maura Caughey, his wife of 33 years.  They have two sons.

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, 2016-2017

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
Kirk Coates, Vice Chair
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

-Security

Committee Members -
Kirk Coates, Planning and Development Committee Chair
Gerald Brown
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, Governance 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, Audit and Finance Committee Chair
Gerald Brown
Amy Tresidder

MISSION STATEMENT

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 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

News

Port of Oswego Authority Enters World of Containerization 

The Spliethoff vessel MV Qamutik, will deliver the first container shipment in history at the port on Tuesday. 

Oswego County Business Magazine (11/30/2016)
By Lou Sorendo

 

 

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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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