Valley Viewpoints: Pulaski meeting

by Shawn Patrick Doyle, Pulaski Legislator 

I would like to remind the residents of Oswego County that the Village of Pulaski will host the August session of the Oswego County Legislature at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse Thursday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

This meeting in Pulaski is time honored recognition of Pulaski’s historic status as co-county seat in our half-shire county set up. When Oswego County was originally set off from Oneida County in 1816, two county seats were selected, one in the east and one in the west.

The historic Barclay Court house was erected in 1819 and with complimentary additions added over 193 years, it remains a centerpiece of the Pulaski historic district.

The bright second floor courtroom has been the stage of many public dramas and ordinary business of courts for nearly 200 years.

As the seat of the Court of Common pleas from 1819 through the 1850s, most of Oswego County’s Revolutionary War pensioners filed their cases here, ascending the very same stairs and crossing the worn floors of the main courtroom.

At the Aug. 9 session, history again could be made. This legislator encourages the public to inquire and to be present Aug. 9.

The only true “Board of Ethics” in Oswego County is composed of the voters who hold their elected officials accountable and to high standards.

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