Oswego Common Council votes to ban Bridge Street Run, bill SUNY Oswego for city's costs

Published 05/12 2014 10:45PM

Updated 05/12 2014 11:37PM

Oswego (WSYR-TV) - City of Oswego Common Councilors voted unanimously Monday to ban the Bridge Street Run and bill SUNY Oswego for the event's cost to the city, saying they're fed up.

The council voted to ban the annual bar crawl in 2015, leaving the door open to revisit the situation in the future.

The Bridge Street Run takes place the Friday night before spring semester finals at SUNY Oswego. The event is not endorsed by the college.

Councilor Michael Todd (R - 3rd Ward) said Oswego was like a "war zone" Friday night.

He said there have been problems with vandalism associated with college students and that he found people having sex in his yard.

There were also serious incidents on the same night as this year's Bridge Street Run.

A 22-year-old man was airlifted and a 21-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital after Oswego City Police say they were struck by a trolley Friday evening

There were also three heroin overdoses in the city the same night of the event, with one of those resulting in the death of a SUNY Oswego student on campus.

Neither incident has been officially linked to the Bridge Street Run by authorities.

Councilor Ronald Kaplewicz (R – 7th Ward) said the council passed a resolution authorizing the City Chamberlin to bill the school for overtime expenses incurred by the DPW, Oswego city police and fire departments related to the Bridge Street Run.

Todd said the preliminary numbers show the bill to the college will be between $7,000 and $10,000.

Copies of those documents will be provided to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the SUNY Oswego Chancellor and members of the assembly.

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