1985


January
Wall Street trader Carl Ichan fails to take over Philips Petroleum.

Jan 2
Governor Mario Cuomo appoints Court of Appeals judge Sol Wachtler as chief judge of the court.

Jan 21
Temperatures in New York City drop to 2 degrees below 0, lowest here for this date.

Jan 25
A Manhattan grand jury votes to indict subway gunman Bernard Goetz on charges of illegal weapons possession.

Jan 30
Syracuse University launches the first student-owned and operated FM radio station, WJPZ.

Feb 20
Former residents of the Love Canal area receive the money from the lawsuit against Hooker Chemicals - an average of $14,000.

Feb 24
Temperatures in New York City rise to 75 degrees F, setting a February record.

Mar 12
A second grand jury is assigned to the Goetz case because of testimony from two of the victims that had not previously testified.

Mar 15
Robert J. Donovan resigns as Secretary of Labor, after a New York State court orders him to stand trial.

Mar 16
Batavia native and Chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, Terry A. Anderson, is kidnapped in Beirut.

April
Exxon tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood enters an alcoholic rehabilitation center on Long Island.

Apr 25
Hockey's Philadelphia Flyers are defeated by the New York Islanders 2-6, still retain a 3-1 lead in the Patrick Division Finals.

Apr 28
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fires Yogi Berra as manager and reinstates Billy Martin.

May 17
Broadway librettist Abraham Solman Borowitz (Abe Burrows) dies at the age of 74.

May 31
Eighty-eight people are killed when 41 tornadoes rip through parts of New York State, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada.

July
New York City's Landmarks Commission rules against St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church and its plans to lease its air rights.

August
Hurricane Gloria hits the northeastern U. S. coastline. ** The New York Times reports that cocaine is allegedly used by baseball players in every major league team.

Aug 28
A fire in a tunnel closes Grand Central Terminal for most of the day.

Sep 14
Living Theater founder-producer Julian Beck dies, in New York City.

October
State Court of Appeals chief judge Sol Wachtler states his opposition to grand juries, stating that they would "indict a ham sandwich" if prosecutors told them to.

Oct 16
Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres comes to Washington and New York, to confer with U. S. Attorney General Ed Meese and other officials.

Oct 18
Syracuse University opens its Schine Student Center.

Nov 11
During the commemoration ceremony in Canandaigua marking the Pickering Treaty between the Seneca Indians and the U. S., a white pine tree is planted.

Nov 18
Radio "shock jock" Howard Stern begins broadcasting on New York City's WXRK. ** The Crooked Lake Historical Society votes to have 500 copies each of Laura Swarthout's The History of Hammondsport to 1962, and F. I. Quick's History of Hammondsport, printed.

Nov 20
Temperatures in New York City rise to 77 degrees F, the highest temperature on record here for this date.

Dec 16
Mafia chieftain Paul Castellano and his aide Thomas Bilotti are gunned down on Manhattan's East 46th Street.

City
The city gives up on Westway, a plan to replace Manhattan's West Side Highway, after the project meets stiff resistance from neighborhood and conservation groups. ** The South Street Seaport's Pier 17 mall opens. ** Engineer Robert Feuer begins restoration work on the 1902 Dorilton apartment house. ** Pace University begins a Masters program in publishing. ** Developer Lieb Waldman begins buying real estate parcels on Second Avenue, between 85th and 86th streets, for apartment development. ** Incumbent mayor Edward I Koch, running on the Democrat Independent ticket, defeats Liberal Carol Bellamy and Republican-Conservative Diane McGrath to win a third term. ** Former Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Sandy Amoros has a leg amputated. ** The city loses Bankers Trust back offices to Jersey City, New Jersey, Merrill Lynch's customer service center to Somerset, New Jersey and Chemical Bank's loan operations to Jericho, Long Island. ** Film actor Brad Davis stars in the New York stage production of The Normal Heart, a play about AIDS. ** Richard Eells, adjunct professor at Columbia University's business school, retires. ** E. L. Doctorow's novel World's Fair is published. ** Advance Publications, Inc. buys the New Yorker. ** The duo of Hall and Oates and former Temptations Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin record the album Live at the Apollo at Harlem's Apollo Theater. ** Bantam's Irwyn Applebaum leaves to head up Pocket Books. ** The tanker Exxon Chester runs into a freak storm while on a voyage from New York to South Carolina. Captain Joseph Hazelwood rescues the foundering ship. He's later criticized by Exxon for turning back to New York afterwards. ** Deaf actor Bruce Hlibok earns a bachelor's degree in playwriting from New York University. ** 15,881 runners finish the New York City Marathon. The event overtakes the London Marathon to become the world's largest. ** Manhattan's ABC Carpet and Home Warehouse converts its warehouse on Bronx River Avenue to an outlet store.

State
Charles Brumsted, nephew of Frank Melacca, owner of Batavia's Buccaneer (formerly Ange's) restaurant, buys the business and renames it Christina's, after his grandmother. ** Geneseo's National Warplane Museum buys a B-17, names it "Fuddy Duddy". ** Actress Louise Brooks dies in Rochester. ** A barn built circa 1820 in Ontario Country is moved to Genesee Country Museum and becomes part of the Pioneer Farmstead. ** Bob King, politician and personnel director for an Ontario County software company returns to the practice of law. ** The Crooked Lake Historical Society gets Hammondsport's "Old Mill" placed on the New York State Historical Site Register.] ** The U. S. Supreme Court upholds its 1974 ruling in Oneida Nation v. County of Oneida, confirming the tribe's right to appeal to Federal courts in land claim cases.

Rochester
Bausch and Lomb introduces its new Wayfarer (Street Neat) sunglasses.

 

1986


January
The cleanup of the contaminated sewer system at Love Canal begins.

Jan 10
Queens borough president Donald Manes is found sitting in his parked car, bleeding from slashes to his wrist and ankle, claims he was mugged.

Jan 16
A New York City court drops all charges against subway vigilante Bernard Goetz.

Jan 29
193,8000,000 shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

February
Vilas S. Gamble is appointed city manager of Batavia, replacing Ira M. Gates, who is retiring after twenty-four years.

Feb 11
Donald Manes resigns his post as Queens borough president.

Mar 7
New York State Republican senator Jacob K. Javits dies.

Mar 9
The constitution of the Crooked Lake Historical Society is approved by members.

Mar 13
Donald Manes commits suicide, stabbing himself to death.

Mar 20
The New York City Council passes a homosexual rights bill.

Mar 31
Temperatures in New York City rise to 75 degrees F, highest here for this date.

April
Joben Realty Associates receives a permit to make renovations on the Evelyn apartment building on West 78th Street.

Apr 10
U. S. Representative from New York Robert Addabbo, 61, dies.

Apr 29
The Crooked Lake Historical Society signs a petition for a provisional charter.

May 2
Children playing with matches start a fire in a home on Rochester's Elgin Street, killing an elderly woman and five children.

May 12
Drexel Burnham Lambert's Dennis Levine agrees to cooperate with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its investigations, after he is accused of illegal inside trading. ** The Federal Court in New York City transfers the Bhopal case against Union Carbide to India.

May 28
A Federal grand jury indicts five Wall Street brokers on inside trading charges.

Jun 1
The Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood wins five Tony Awards.

Jun 5
Two thugs hired by New York City landlord Steven Roth attack model Marla Hanson, one of his tenants, and slash her face with a knife.

Jun 14
U. S. lyricist Alan Jay Lerner dies at the age of 67.

Jun 24
A broken water main shuts down subway service on New York City's east side; a fire in a tunnel halts all trains into Grand Central Terminal.

Jul 4
The newly-renovated Statue of Liberty observes its 100th birthday with huge celebrations in New York Harbor. ** A tradition in Hammondsport begins as the Declaration of Independence is read publicly on the holiday for the first time, in Pulteney Park.

Jul 5
First Lady Nancy Reagan officially reopens the renovated Statue of Liberty, closed for three years.

Jul 7
A Cuban immigrant on New York's Staten Island Ferry goes berserk and wounds nine people.

Jul 8
Murder charges are reinstated against subway vigilante Bernard Goetz.

Aug 18
Football quarterback Jim Kelly signs a five-year, $1,750,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Aug 19
Buffalo Bills ticket manager Jerry Foran reports that more than 1600 season tickets have been sold in the past 24 hours.

Aug 26
New York City college dropout Robert Chambers strangles former lover Jennifer Levin in Central Park - the Preppie Murder.

Aug 30
U. S. newsman Nicholas Daniloff is handed a packet of documents, in Moscow, then arrested on espionage charges.

Aug 31
U. S. officials claim Daniloff's arrest is a frame-up and rule out a suggested exchange for Russian physicist Gennadi Zakharov.

September
New York City prepares to foreclose on Harlem's Graham Court apartments for tax delinquency. They will be paid next year.

Sep 1
Syracuse University receives a $3,716,400 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for a n on-line Adult Education Database.

Sep 9
Upper management at CBS meets to discuss strategies to keep the network from becoming part of a conglomerate. ** A Brooklyn grand jury indicts Zakharov on espionage charges.

Sep 11
The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 86.61 points in trading. ** Van Gordon Sauter is forced out of his position as head of CBS News.

Sep 12
Daniloff is freed, in exchange for Zakharov. Both men are released to their respective embassies.

Sep 19
Philippine president Corazon Aquino lands in New York, is greeted by Mayor Koch.

Sep 24
A Brooklyn Federal judge sets no date for a Zakharov trial.

Oct 1
John Zaccaro is indicted in New York City for bribery to gain a cable television franchise.

Oct 5
Released Soviet dissident Yuri Orlov and his wife arrive in New York City.

Oct 22
New York Telephone begins taking back 1,800 operators who had gone with AT&T at divestiture.

Oct 27
The New York Mets take the World Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox.

November
Japan's Daiichi America Real Estate firm buys New York City's Tiffany building for a record $1,000 per square foot. ** New York State governor Mario M. defeats Republican opponent Andrew O'Rourke by a 2-1 margin to win a second term.

Nov 8
The Bronx-based Wedtech Corporation admits forging U. S. government invoices for $6,000,000.

Nov 13
WGCC FM, broadcasting from Genesee Community College, goes on the air. ** The temperature in New York City drops to 24 degrees F, lowest here for the date.

Nov 14
Speculator Ivan F. Boesky agrees to pay a $100,000,000 penalty to settle a charge of inside trading on tips from Dennis Levine, and to cooperate with SEC investigators.

Nov 25
Bronx Democratic leader Stanley Friedman is found guilty in a corruption scandal.

December
Arthur E. Imperatore re-establishes trans-Hudson River ferry service, running between Weehawken, New Jersey, and Manhattan. ** The New York State Court of Appeals rules that Kenmore's Village Book and News Store violated state but not Federal law, for permitting lewd acts on the store's premises.

Dec 6
Fugitive Larry Davis, wanted for the shooting of six New York City policemen, is talked into giving himself up.

Dec 11
Wedtech dismisses 1,500 employees and shuts down.

Dec 20
White teenagers in Howard Beach, Long Island, beat several blacks, causing one of them, Michael Griffith to run in front of a car, which kills him.

 

City
The city announces a $2,400,000,000 plan to revitalize city-owned apartment buildings. ** U. S. rock promoter Bill Graham produces two anti-drug Crack-Down concerts at Madison Square Garden. ** The city loses Merrill Lynch's training center to Princeton, New Jersey, Nestle's headquarters to Purchase, New York, and some of Exxon's headquarters employees to Florham Park, New Jersey. ** John K. Castle founds the private merchant bank of Castle Harlan. ** Pharmacist Mohammed Siddiqui has his license suspended for three months for negligence with prescription drugs. ** Nicholas D'Agostino Jr, becomes chairman of the board of his family's D'Agostino supermarket chain. ** London's Saatchi and Saatchi agency buys New York's Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, and Backer and Spielvogel. It will become the world's largest agency this year. ** The Metropolitan Museum mounts a followup to 1984's Vincent van Gogh retrospective. ** Astor Piazzolla's Tango Argentino opens on Broadway. ** Drexel Burnham earns $545,500,000, becoming the most profitable firm on Wall Street. ** Management of the R. H. Macy department store leads a $3.500,000,000 buyout, sending the company into deep debt. ** Editor-critic Irving Howe retires from City University. ** Mount Sinai Hospital develops an in vitrio fertilization technique for helping sperm cells to penetrate egg cells. ** An epidemiologist claims that closing down gay bathhouses to stop the spread of AIDS is no longer effective. ** The John Houseman Theater Center is established. ** The Jacob Javits Convention Center opens. ** City Council member Michael Lazar is indicted, and later convicted, in connection with a Parking Violations Bureau scandal. ** A state task force, convened to consider alternatives to a new West Side Highway for Manhattan, decides on a six-lane road with some sections going over or under cross streets. The cost is budgeted at $500,000,000.

State
The Seaway Trail is extended from Niagara Falls to Ripley, near the Pennsylvania border. ** An antique medallion portraying a beaver and a griffin is discovered in the Panama Rocks near Chautauqua, possibly from La Salle's 1679 Lake Erie expedition. ** Automobile salesman and Elim Bible Institute graduate Randall Terry forms the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in a Binghamton storefront. ** A rustic dining table and 12 chairs made by Adirondacks furniture maker Ernest Stowe sell at auction for $45,000. ** Hispanics United of Buffalo is founded out of three existing service organizations. ** Lawyer Bob King is elected to the first of three two-year terms in the 130th Assembly District. ** Wegmans Federal Credit Union, run by the food store chain, begins operations. ** The Greater Rochester Health System is formed out of Rochester General Hospital, Genesee Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and the Continuing Care Network. ** High school history teacher Mary McCulley Henry is named Batavia City Historian. ** State Court of Appeals chief judge Sol Wachtler is mentioned as a possible candidate for governor. He shows no interest in running.

Albany
The Pruyn Branch of the Public Library is demolished.

Rochester
Bausch and Lomb acquires the German ophthalmic drug producer Dr. Mann Pharma. The company introduces the Clubmaster line of designer sunglasses.

 

1987


Jan 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute employee Bob Conway is inaugurated as Mayor of Troy,

Jan 7
Officials claim to have found two witnesses to the Howard Beach attacks, but the witnesses cannot make any identifications.

Jan 8
The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 2,000 for the first time.

Jan 12
The New Yorker replaces William Shawn as editor, with Robert A. Gottlieb. Shawn leaves a position he'd held for 35 years.

Jan 13
Eight Mafia directors are given 40-to-100 year sentences by a New York court.

Jan 14
New York governor Mario Cuomo appoints a Howard Beach special prosecutor, Charles J. Hynes. ** CBS names founder William S. Paley as chairman of the corporation.

Jan 16
The Broadway-bound musical Les Miserables sets a record advance sale of $6,720,000.

Jan 20
Hynes begins presenting evidence to a Queens grand jury.

Jan 21
3,000 protestors march through Manhattan, to protest the Howard Beach death of Michael Griffith.

Jan 28
Former chief trader for Ivan Boesky, Michael Davidoff, pleads guilty to charges of inside trading. ** A U. S. Court of Appeals in New York City rules that author J. D. Salinger can prevent unauthorized quotation from his letters by a biographer.

February
A fire in a Brooklyn central office knocks out 41,000 residence phones. ** Owner Mohammed Siddiqui pays $600,000 in back taxes on Harlem's Graham Court apartments, warding off foreclosure by the city. ** A gasoline spill dumps 102,000 gallons of gasoline into the Hudson River, south of Poughkeepsie. None is recovered.

Feb 3
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of Modern Art.** A explosion in Marion, New York's Fluoro Film Inc. metal coating plant injures nine people.

Feb 6
The New York Public Health Council decrees a ban on smoking in most indoor public areas.

Feb 9
Sealed indictments are handed down against 12 Howard Beach teenagers. ** A Paul Klee exhibit opens at the Museum of Modern Art.

Feb 10
Three white Howard Beach youths are charged with murder.

Feb 12
Inside trading charges are leveled against Kidder-Peabody vice-president Richard Wigton, former vice-president of Kidder and Merrill Lynch, Timothy L. Tabor, and Goldman, Sachs partner Robert M. Freeman. The information was used to trade stock for Kidder-Peabody. All plead not guilty.

Feb 13
Martin Siegel, implicated by Boesky, pleads guilty to insider trading and tax evasion, resigns as managing director of the Wall Street firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Feb 19
Governor Cuomo makes a surprise announcement on a radio call-in program - he will not run for president in 1988.

Feb 20
Dennis Levine is sentenced to two years in prison and fined $362,000.

Feb 27
Records are broken in New York City as Heike Drechsler does the long jump at 24.25 meters and Mike Conley sets the triple jump record at 58 feet, 3.25 inches.

Mar 2
The head of the Sicilian Mafia and 16 others are found guilty, in the Pizza Connection trial.

Mar 9
An examination of a Warner Brothers film studio warehouse in New York City produces lost Broadway manuscripts of George and Ira Gershwin, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, and Richard Rodgers.

Mar 10
Forty people, including airline employees, are arrested in New York City as part of a $1,500,000,000 cocaine smuggling ring.

Mar 12
The French-British musical version of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables racks up a record pre-opening advance sale.

Mar 13
Reputed mobster John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering charges, in New York City. ** A retrospective of the paintings of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein opens at the Museum of Modern Art.

Mar 16
New York representative Mario Biaggi and former Brooklyn Democratic leader Meade Esposito are indicted on bribery and fraud charges.

April
Ten motorists are killed when the Schoharie Bridge of the New York State Thruway collapses.

Apr 3
The Dow Jones Index rises a record 69.89 points.

Apr 27
Testimony begins in the Bernard Goetz trial.

Apr 30
The Crooked Lake Historical Society votes to buy 13 state flags and a U. S. flag for the September 17th Bi-Centennial commemoration, in Hammondsport, of the U. S. Constitution.

May 3
President Ronald Reagan, speaking at Ellis Island, says he was aware of private U. S. efforts to support the Contras, but denies any administration involvement. He makes a new plea for Contra aid.

June
After his release from prison killer Arthur Shawcross moves to Rochester.

Jun 4
Kidder, Peabody agrees to settle insider trading charges by paying a fine of $25,300,000.

Jun 9
The New York State Court of Appeals rules compulsory random drug testing of teachers unconstitutional.

Jun 16
Bernard Goetz is acquitted of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. He's found guilty on one weapons charge.

Jul 2
Broadway choreographer-director Michael Bennett dies of AIDS at the age of 44.

Sep 1
An incinerator in Brooklyn begins processing the garbage from a globe-wandering unwanted garbage barge.

Sep 25
The Bank of New York makes an unsolicited $1,400,000 bid for Irving Trust.

October
The owners of row houses at Central Park West and 95th Street sue the city for withholding a demolition permit, prior to the area's being given landmark status.

Oct 4
The internationally-published New York Herald Tribune celebrates its 100th birthday. ** The earliest, heaviest snowfall hits eastern New York State and southern New England. Accumulations: New York - 6"; Williamstown, Massachusetts - 12"; North Springfield, Vermont - 21".

Oct 9
Irving Trust's board rejects the Bank of New York's bid, activates a poison pill strategy.

Oct 13
The Dow Jones industrial average begins to drop sharply.

Oct 16
The Dow plunges 108.36 points, the first time in history a drop has exceeded 100 points.

Oct 17
The Crooked Lake Historical Society members learn they've been given a provisional charter by the New York State Department of Education. They draft a letter to the Bath Hammondsport Railroad to inquire about the "Old Mill", will learn the railroad has plans for the property.

Oct 19
The Dow plummets again, dropping 508 points - its largest one-day decline. ** New York State Supreme Court justice Harold Baer, Jr. issues a restraining order preventing the owner of the Evelyn apartments from making any changes to the building's exterior. Joben Realty Associates had just renewed a 1986 permit to make renovations on the building on West 78th Street.

Oct 30
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides to burn all of the dioxin contaminated soil taken from Love Canal.

Nov 1
Ibrahim Hessein of Kenya and Priscilla Welch of Britain win the New York City Marathon. ** NBC Television announces staff reductions of 700 workers.

Nov 3
The Dow Jones Index ends a five-day rally, drops 50.56 points.

Nov 13
The New York Times publishes an edition of a record 1,612 pages, with over 12,000,000 words of type, weighing twelve pounds.

Nov 20
The Bank of New York lowers its bid for Irving Trust to $1,200,000, because of the market crash.

Nov 28
Black teenager Tawana Brawley is found in Wappinger's Falls with racial slurs written on her body. She claims she was assaulted by six white men.

Dec 2
The brokerage house of Shearson Lehman Brothers buys rival E. F. Hutton for $1,000,000,000.

Dec 3
The Dow Jones plunges 72.44 points.

Dec 4
Five-year-old Rocco Morabito is stopped by police in Port Chester for driving his mother's car for two miles through traffic.

Dec 11
The last of the 1,800 operators, who went with AT&T at divestiture, return to New York Telephone.

City
Conversion of apartments in the London Terrace complex, to co-ops, begins. ** A partnership lead by M. J. Raynes buys the apartment building at 45 East 66th Street to convert to co-ops. ** Willoughby Brazeau retires as president of the American Steel Export Company. ** America West Airlines, Inc. doubles its operations, offering service to Baltimore, Chicago and New York. The airline posts a $15,000,000 loss for the first six months of the year and a $46,000,000 loss by year's end. ** The leveraged buyout firm of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts buys Seaman Furniture. KKR partner Jerome Kohlberg leaves the firm. ** Drexel Burnham consultant Michael Milken earns $550,000,000. ** The city loses J. C. Penny headquarters to Plano, Texas. ** The city grants NBC $100,000,000 in concessions to keep the company from moving 4,000 jobs to New Jersey. American Telephone and Telegraph agrees to keep hundreds of headquarters personnel in the city. ** Federal judge Irving Kaufman becomes a senior judge. ** Paula Zahn joins ABC News. ** Heart specialist Dr. William Foley has a chair endowed in his name at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. ** AIDS activists form ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). ** The Association to Benefit Children hires architect John Montagu Massengale of Pier, Fine Associates to do a preliminary study of the Woodycrest Children's Home in the Bronx, with an eye to purchasing the property. ** Carl Wesibrod becomes chairman of the City Planning Commission. ** Mobster John Gotti murders mob member Robert di Brernardo, but is not charged. ** Mayor Ed Koch and governor Mario Cuomo endorse the plan for a new highway up the west side. The price tag is now $810,000,000.

State
Pace University opens the Lubin Graduate Center, in White Plains. ** The Hudson Mohawk Urban Cultural Park establishes a visitor orientation exhibit at Lock 2 of the New York State Barge Canal, at Waterford. ** Army Brigadier General Fred Augustus Gorden becomes the first black commandant of cadets at West Point Military Academy. ** The New York State Newspaper Project begins a program designed to preserve historic newspapers of the state. ** State assemblyman George Pataki praises fellow assemblyman Robert King for his work on rape law reform. ** 257 spills dump 178,000 gallons of gasoline and fuel oil into state waters. ** The Assembly passes legislation making women as well as men liable in child rape cases. ** The Wegmans supermarket chain forms Work-Scholarship Connection, to assist urban youths with their education. ** Charlotte grocery owner Jack Herrema moves his IGA store from Washington Avenue to Stutson Plaza. ** An engineering study calls the deteriorating Owasco Lake seawall at Emerson Park a serious hazard. ** Arthur Shawcross is released from prison after serving 15 years for the 1972 slaying of a 8-year-old Watertown girl.

Rochester
Genesee Hospital opts out of a budgeting program that keeps costs down. The city's other hospitals follow suit.

 

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