Legislature chairman names new committees

by Carol Thompson

Newly elected Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Garnder has changed some of the committee assignments — much to the ire of some of the Democrat legislators.

Gardner removed Legislator Doug Malone from the Finance and Personnel Committee and moved him to Economic Planning and Development.

“It’s punishment,” Malone said when he learned he had been removed from what is considered by some as the most prestigious committee.

Malone said he feels he is being punished for reporting the allegations that there may be pornography in some of the county highway department computers.  Malone reported three incidences and so far, one of the allegations has been proven.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was not pleased that he was not consulted in regard to the changes prior to them being made.

Traditionally, the majority and minority leaders are consulted for committee assignments.

Gardner did not return a telephone message left at his office Thursday afternoon and when contacted late Friday morning, it was stated that he had left for the day.

The county offices were closed Monday for Memorial Day.

There were no changes made to the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Health Committee remained unchanged.

Legislator Milferd Potter was moved to the Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee. Kunzwiler said Potter requested the move.

Legislator David Holst was named as vice chairman of the committee, replacing Gardner, who as chairman no longer serves a committee.

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