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District attorney salary increase will go for final vote next week

by Carol Thompson

A state mandated salary increase for Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes is slated to be voted on when the full legislature meets July 12.

It’s an issue, however, that the county has little say.

For the county to be in compliance with a state court system compensation mandate, Oakes will receive a raise of $20,000 raise this year as well as a retroactive pay.

Oakes’ salary will increase from $119,800 to $140,300 to bring his compensation into compliance with a new state mandate. The money for the raise is fully funded through state aid and is retroactive to March 29.

While the salary increase is covered by the state this year and through March 2013, legislators are concerned with the local cost beginning April 2013.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was frustrated with state mandates and he, as with others, are concerned how the county will pay the increase after next year. The state has not promised the money beyond this year.

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