County considers splitting committee

by Carol Thompson

During Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, it was decided that the Department of Social Services should be removed from the blanket of the Health and Human Services Committee and placed under its own jurisdictional committee.

Legislator Doug Malone has been pushing the idea to separate the Social Services Department and make it fall under a separate committee all year.

He had the support of Legislator Jim Karasek and while both lawmakers are pleased that it is going to be done, both agreed it is too late in the year to initiate it.

Until next year, when new committees are formed, the Health and Human Services Committee will remain status quo, Karasek said.

With the 2013 budget process about to begin, splitting the committee up at this time would be too difficult.

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