Reapportionment lawsuit dismissed

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Court Judge Norman Seiter has dismissed the reapportionment lawsuit filed against the County of Oswego. The case now appears that it will move to appeals court.

“We are disappointed but not surprised by the judge’s decision,” said Legislator Dan Farfaglia, one of the plaintiffs. “We figured from the start that we would have to get the case out of Oswego County. We intend to appeal the decision.”

The plaintiffs are represented by Buffalo-based attorney Frank Housh, who said in a recent interview that he, too,  expected that the case would be dismissed in county court.

The lawsuit addresses several causes of action, including the manner in which the Republican majority proceeded with re-drawing the district lines. Housh alleged that the county legislature used “a baltantly political modus process to marginalize the Democrats.”

No one was available from the county to comment as of press time.

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