Jamesville, New York

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Jamesville, New York
Jamesville, New York is located in New York
Jamesville, New York
Jamesville, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°59′31″N 76°4′18″W / 42.99194°N 76.07167°W / 42.99194; -76.07167Coordinates: 42°59′31″N 76°4′18″W / 42.99194°N 76.07167°W / 42.99194; -76.07167
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyOnondaga
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Jamesville is a hamlet in the town of DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York, United States, part of the greater Syracuse area.

History[edit]

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jamesville

The hamlet was named for early European-American settler James DeWitt.[1] It was settled in the early Federal period after the American Revolutionary War, when the Iroquois tribes had been forced to cede their lands in New York to the United States.

The Dr. John Ives House, Saint Mark's Church, and Southwood Two-Teacher School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

2007 plant proposal[edit]

On January 16, 2007, a New York City company, Empire Synfuel LLC, submitted an application for site plan approval for a proposed coal gasification plant in Jamesville. It was to take over the site where the now abandoned Alpha Portland Cement factory once operated. The plant, projected to cost $1.3 billion and create up to 150 jobs, would have converted coal into synthetic natural gas.

The proposal faced opposition from area residents and town board members, who were concerned about such environmental issues as the proximity of the village's elementary school.[3]

In addition, environmentalists opposed the plant because its releases of carbon dioxide would contribute to global warming.[4]

The project was proposed at another site 40 mi (64 km) north, in the Town of Scriba.[5] According to the Sierra Club, the second proposal was also defeated.[6]

Jamesville Reservoir[edit]

Jamesville Reservoir

The Jamesville Reservoir is south of the hamlet. Jamesville Beach Park, a county park, includes a small beach on the reservoir, several hiking trails and fields. The fields are the site of the annual Jamesville BalloonFest, where dozens of hot-air balloons take to the air in one weekend. Both the reservoir and park are in the Town of LaFayette, New York, a larger jurisdiction that encompasses Jamesville.

Further reading[edit]

The history of the community is documented in the book Water, Wheels and Stone: Heritage of the Little Village by the Creek, Jamesville, New York, written by Jean Schutz Keough, and published in 1976 and 1978 by the Jamesville Historical Book Committee.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Danny Schayes (born 1959), college and professional basketball player, son of Dolph Schayes
  • Danny Cedrone , ( real name Donato ' Danny ' Joseph Cedrone , Lead Guitarist on Bill Haley's ' Rock Around the Clock , was born in Jamesville ) .

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 168.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Knauss, Tim (January 26, 2007). "Concerns aired on syngas plant plan" (PDF). The Post-Standard. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007.
  4. ^ Knauss, Tim (March 25, 2007). "Plant won't keep CO2 out of the atmosphere" (PDF). The Post-Standard. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007.
  5. ^ Nwosu, Nneka (June 6, 2007). "Coal gasification plant proposed for Scriba". News 10 Now.
  6. ^ Sierra Club, Dewitt Gasification Plant

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