Republicans tap Beardsley for county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

With the fate of the Oswego County Treasurer’s vacancy still unknown, the Oswego County Republican Committee selected Legislator Fred Beardsley for the appointment.

Beardsley, who serves as the chairman of the legislature, faced a challenge from Legislator James Karasek for the position.

According to several committee members present at the Thursday night meeting, there were quite a few abstentions.

The county legislature intends to appoint Beardsley to the position next month. The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo has said it is their appointment.

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said he has passed along the name of the county’s chief accountant, Mark See, to hold the position until the end of the year.

See has agreed to accept the position for an additional pay of five hours each week.

Prior to the Republican Committee vote, Town of Granby residents Cheryl and Les Holmes sent out a letter to committee members outlining Beardsley’s history as the Town of Hastings supervisor. Beardsley had been cited twice by the New York State Comptroller’s office for having the town do business with his own business.

The vacancy occurred when John Kruk announced in January that he would be retiring Feb. 27.

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