August 2016: Small Business Startup

Happy Sailors Daycare

Christine Sharlow gets hugs from Eliza Compo, Hudson DeSilva, and Noah Sharlow at Happy Sailor Daycare in Chaumont. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Christine Sharlow gets hugs from Eliza Compo, Hudson DeSilva, and Noah Sharlow at Happy Sailors Daycare in Chaumont. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

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Watertown’s mayor-elect actively preparing for office

WATERTOWN — Mayor-elect Joseph M. Butler Jr. joked that he’s taken an active role to get ready for taking office on Jan. 1 as the city’s top elected official.

When asked what he’s been doing to prepare for the job, he joked, “pushups, sit-ups and the 40-yard dash. I’m in the best shape.”

Mr. Butler, whose father served as mayor from 2000 to 2004, easily defeated incumbent Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham in the Nov. 3 election.

He’ll be joined by new council members Mark C. Walczyk and Cody J. Horbacz on the first of the year. Mr. Butler has served as a council member for the past eight years.

“I’m as excited as I was when I first took office,” he said. “I can’t wait to start working on making Watertown a better place.”

Since the election, the mayor-elect has been meeting with a variety of city staff, state officials and U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to see how they can work together on issues facing the city.

He’s sat down a few times to talk to City Manager Sharon A. Addison and city department heads about the priorities he would like to see the city work on over the next year. They’re already talking about what he would like to see in the next fiscal year’s budget.

Getting an outside firm to help go after grants is a possibility, he said. It might be a better strategy to get funding for city projects through the North Country Regional Economic Development Committee, possibly getting some money to complete Western Boulevard, so some additional commercial businesses can be attracted to that area.

Among the state officials he’s met with is Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul. He talked to her about what will happen with Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s sheltered workshop and the others around the state.

They talked about the state’s current plans for making some changes with the programs around the state.

The state planned to shut down the sheltered workshop and eliminate 60 jobs for the developmentally disabled working at Production Unlimited. State officials are now looking at ways to preserve the workshops.

By Craig Fox, Times Staff Writer

December 2015: Nonprofits Today

Local nonprofits react to wage hike

Columnist Bob Gorman

Columnist Bob Gorman

When anyone discusses the north country economy, the usual suspects are Fort Drum, agriculture and tourism. But “nonprofits” should always be part of the conversation.

More than six years ago, the Watertown Daily Times studied the financial impact of nonprofits on the north county and published this: [Read more…]

November 2015: People on the Move

New finance coordinator at community foundation

jeican WEBMichele R. Jeican recently joined the staff of the Northern New York Community Foundation as finance coordinator.

Mrs. Jeican comes to the foundation from DOHL Development Corp., Watertown, a sister organization of Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. She was employed at DOHL for 25 years, most recently as chief operating officer. [Read more…]

October 2015: Nonprofits Today

Transparent nonprofits build trust

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

An employee of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center was recently arrested for allegedly stealing $45,000 from the bank accounts of JRC clients.

Such news is the last thing any nonprofit wants to hear. But the good news is that JRC did the right thing — it investigated the allegations, called police and is now letting the chips fall where they may. [Read more…]

August 2015: Business Briefcase


Major gift kicks off River Hospital campaign

A $1 million donation from a longtime north country philanthropist will kick-start a capital campaign aimed at helping River Hospital expand its River Community Wellness Program, hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Moore III announced last month. [Read more…]

After pressure from residents, clients and officials, state reconsiders closing sheltered workshops

WATERTOWN — Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s sheltered workshops may get a second chance thanks to the support of the north country. [Read more…]

April 2015: Business Briefcase


Credo tapped for national tobacco control initiative

Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions was recently chosen as the state’s only organization to participate in the 2015 National Behavioral Health Network’s Tobacco and Cancer Control Community of Practice. [Read more…]