itretorn h.ftJoN North Std|& Pags16 The Hometown Newspaper of Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties Vol.103 - No. 46 © Copyright 1995, Press-Republican Plattsburgh, NY 12901, Friday, October 6, 1995 Suggested Price: 50 c 28 Pages :D 9 Pope celebrates first public Mass Decries abortion, euthanasia By DAVID BRIGGS AP Religion Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Invoking Emma Lazarus' plea for America to embrace the huddled-massesrPope-John PauL. II urged the nation Thursday to rid itself of the \moral blight\ of abortion and euthanasia. Just 10 miles from the Statue of Liberty, the pontiff told more than 80,000 rain-soaked wor- shipers at Giants Stadium to continue in the tradition of the anti-slavery and civil rights movements to extend legal pro- tection to \the unborn child,\ the eldeTly™and the severely handi- capped. \Both as Americans and as followers of Christ, American Catholics must be committed to the defense of life in all its stages and in every condition,\ the pon- tiff declared from a giant altar at one end zone. Hours of steady ralin and raw Oc- tober weather could not detract from t»Ji_e_,jx_j._ thusiasm of the huddled masses inside the converted football Held. .•..••• Some in the Pop. John Paul II crowd wep j f some pressed their hands to their hearts or cried \Viva el Papa\ as the pontiff circled the stadium in his popemobile. \Thls~is ~the\lnost important day of my life. I cannot describe to you how important it is to be here,\ said 76-year-old Edward Pietro of Toms River. \After to- day, if nothing else exciting or wonderful happens in my life, I Continued Pag* 13 City firefighter faces misconduct charges ByMARKHOUMER Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH - A member of the Plattsburgh City Fire Department was charged Thurs- day with taking 28 hypodermic syringes from CVPH Medical Center and selling them for $25. The firefighter — Jason W. Stewart, 25, of Plattsburgh — has been suspended without pay until the case is resolved. He has been with the Fire Department for about 4Vi years. A grand jury Wednesday in- dicted Stewart on two counts of second-degree receiving reward for official misconduct, a felony. He was also indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, two counts of petit larceny and two counts of official misconduct — all misdemeanors. Stewart was released from Clinton County Jail after posting $2,000 bail. Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Ci- ty Fire Chief James Squires issued a joint statement concer- ning the arrest revealing few details. ^ \We are deeply disturbed and troubled by the charge,\ the statement reads. Rabideau and Squires said Stewart would be suspended without pay until \final disposi- tion of the case.\ He will be fired from the department if convicted of the charges, they said. But Stewart's arrest \should not be construed as an indict- ment against the department, which is staffed by the finest ca- reer firefighters anywhere,\ the statement said. Rabideau said later he \has absolute confidence in our Fire Department\ and could not \ever recall a similar incident.\ City Police Det. James Leonard said the investigation had been under way for several months, also involving the Clin- ton County Sheriffs Department and the State Police Narcotics Division, Troop B. He would not say to whom Stewart allegedly sold the syr- inges or whether the sales were drug related. An investigation is continuing, Leonard said. Jerry Marking, president of the Plattsburgh City Firefighters Union, refused comment. Michael Hildebran, a spokesperson for CVPH Medical Center, said \as an intermediate EMT, (Stewart) has had access to some supplies.\ He said the hos- pital \had seen no increased use of syringes\ in recent weeks or months. Hildebran added that the hos- . pital's systemjbjr EMT access to supplies, \including syringesThlis been in place for many years, with apparently no problems up to this point and time.\ The grand jury indictment alleges Stewart used his Fire Department access to steal hypodermic instruments from CVPH on Sept. 18 and 22. He is also charged with selling 19 hypodermic syringes Sept. 18 for $15 and selling nine hypodermic syringes Sept. 22 for $10. WEATHER Today, rain likely in the morning. Cloudy with scattered showers dur- ing the afternoon. Highs in th 60s. Chance of rain 70 percent owers dur- r , hl i,},' II111', 1 ! j 111! i in the mid //<//////////,'////,'/// iii ii i i i i i i i i i i i i INDEX Horoscope 21 Ann Landers 21 Arts ~ 6-7 Comics 21 Public Record ...8-9 Editorial., U -4 Sports- 16-20 Entertainment 12 Weather 14 Bridge v --23 Business News 10-11 Classified 22-28 N.Y. Lottery: 723. Pick 4': 4315. Melt 10: 1, 3,4, U, 16,19,20, 21, 31,32,39, 42,54, 63,66,72,76,77,78,80. N.w England: Pick 3': 065 Pick 4': 8998. Pataki a no-show in city Guests of the Clinton County Republican Party fund-raiser are confronted by a gauntlet of SUNY Plattsburgh protesters. Gov. George Pataki was schejufed to appear at the dinner, but instead spoke to the guests from Albany by phone via connected speakers. Hundreds protest anyway against his SUNY budget cuts By MARK HOLLMER and JOE LoTEMPLIO Staff Writers PLATTSBURGH - SUNY Plattsburgh students, alumni and supporters turned out by the hundreds Thursday night to protest Gov. George Pataki's plans to slash SUNYs budget. \ Their motivation? Pataki was supposed to appear at a Republican Party fund- raiser being held at the campus's Angell College Center. He never arrived, reportedly because of bad weather. Instead, Pataki spoke to his supporters from Albany through a phone hook-up. Oh, what he would have seen. More than 500 protesters lined Rugar Street and also filled Slid surrounded the College (3|htery wetting-for )?&tafci to' ar- rive. v H6rikg.'fa:tid^ch^ei'8filled fchdftir soon after the piboiesfe &jjarteffat 6 p.m. \This is our educational lives at stake — maybe not so much for us, but for those that will be here in five to 10 years,\ said Ben Letkp, 22, a SUNY Plattsburgh senior from Albany who encouraged the crowds at the demonstration. A student walking behind him was a lit- tle less polite. ?Lynch Patakiy he yelled. Surrounding Letko were scores of sign- carrying protesters, their sentiments clear. AH Voss, l.C-aSUNY plattsburgh soph- omore from Montgomery, N.Y., carried a Staff Photo/Mike Dowd Patricia Bentley sign that said: \Don't Give SUNY the Death Penalty.\ SUNY \is supposed to be the best educa- tion value,\ Voss said. \So why should (Pataki) make it not economical to be here? We elected him because he promised change, but he never said anything about cutting the SUNY budget.\ Other student signs were much more ir- reverent. \Gov. Pataki is Taki,\ read one. One student wrote on his chest, \Pataki smokes cracki.\ Patricia Bentley, chapter president of the United University Professors and a college library employee, said her union helped organize the demonstration to \in- dicate our concern over the current state of the budget and the direction of tax policy.\ Bentley said the Pataki Administration's push for \fiscal responsibility\ has had a harsh effect on higher education throughout the state's public-education system. \I have two children going to college in the next two years, and I don't know how I'm going to pay for it,\ said Carol Frome, tutor coordinator at SUNY Plattsburgh Learning Center and local liaison to UUP's state legislative committee. Frome said budget cuts that increase tuition and decrease student aid will price the university system out of the market of people who need it, like she once did. A former welfare recipient, Frome grad- Contlnucd Page 13 A gem of a storm, Opal tops $1.8 billion damage ByADAMYEGMANS , Associated Press )V>jter PANAMA CtTY;BEAqH, : (AP) - Under blue aMesfthe damage wrought by Hurricane Opal became clear Thursday: hundreds of houses smashed into splintered boards, condominiums flattened, hotel walls caved in and boats tossed ashore along 120 miles Of eroded beach. \This is what I call utter destruction,\ an astonished Al Donaldson said as the homeown- er looked over Santa Rosa Beach, west of Panama City. Opal, which hit land late Wednesday with gusts up to 144 mph, killed at* least 15 people and caused an estimated $1.8 billion in damage to insured property along the Florida Panhandle. That made it the sec- orid-costliest storm in state histo- r# xitfter Hurricane Andrew, which inflicted $17 billion in damage in 1992. Fifteen Panhandle counties were approved for federal emergency aid. \Blocks and blocks of homes are gone,\ said Jo Miglino, a spokeswoman for the state Divi- sion of Emergency Management. \We have widespread reports ... of many, many homes destroyed.\ Opal lost its punch as it blew through Alabama but still knocked out power to 2 million in AP Photo A yacht sits In th* middle of U.S. Route 98 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Hurricane winds and storm surge Continutd Pag* 13 pushed the boat ashore.