Castiglia, LeClair face off for 25th district county legislature seat

Incumbent Louella LeClair and Frank Castiglia Jr. are seeking the two-year seat on the Oswego County Legislature representing District 25.

LeClair is on the Republican and Independence lines and Castiglia is on the Democratic, Conservative and Other (local party) line.

The legislator position pays $12,345 in 2013.

Here is some biographical information on each candidate and their answers to one question about the county.

Frank Castiglia

Age: 66

Address : 372 S.7th St., Fulton

How long in 25th District: Don’t know how long in the 25th district has been in place, but I’ve lived here for 25 years

How long in Fulton: 56 years

Education: Bachelor of science in business education

Occupations: Mid-80s worked for Stratford Business School in Syracuse, working my way from business teacher to placement director to program coordinator and finally director of education. Then went to UTC (Carrier Corp) in Syracuse, starting out as a production supervisor and retiring as a material control  supervisor. I am now semi-retired  working for the Fulton City School District as a special needs bus driver.

Elected Jobs: None

Community Service: I am a Third Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus; volunteer at Holy Trinity Parish Bingo on Friday. nights. I also usher at the 8:30 Mass on Sunday.

What is the biggest problem facing Oswego County and how would you solve it?

One of the problems  I see at the county level is the lack of cooperation between the cities, towns, villages and the county, with the use of resources and the lack of inter-municipal agreements between governing bodies that could save taxpayers money.

If I’m elected it will be by the taxpayers in the 25th district in the City of Fulton, not Oswego County. Therefore I will make sure the money the taxpayers send  to the Oswego County treasurer is being used resourcefully and not wasted.

I will make sure I do everything possible to keep Oswego County taxpayers money in Oswego County. I will also work very hard to put into effect a program that will require all people receiving financial or aid provided by the government to undergo drug testing (at the state’s expense) and also have an attendance requirement for their school-age children. I feel that education is the key to reducing their dependence on government financial aid.

I feel that fixing the big problems facing Oswego County can and must be fixed at the Senate (Sen. Patty Richie) and assembly (Assemblyman William Barclay) level. We at the legislature level can only ask for their help.

For far too long the taxpayers in the 25th district have been lacking representation in the county. They need and deserve a public servant, not a politician.

Louella LeClair

Age: 66

Address:  509 Pratt St., Fulton

How long have you lived in the 25th district? How long in Fulton? I purchased my home in 1984  I was born and raised in Fulton’s 25th district

Education: Graduated from Fulton High School Class of 1964.  Attended Rochester Business Institute.  Recently graduated from New York State Association of Counties Dennis Pellitier Institute in conjunction with Cornell University

Occupations:  I have worked my entire career in advertising sales.  I have worked in both print and online sales

Elected positions and how long at each:  Oswego County Legislator first elected in November 2009

Community service: Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, former member and founder of  Fulton’s Women of the Moose, worked on all fundraisers of Fulton’s DAV (Disables American Veterans). vice president and former member of Theta Sigma Chi (women’s sorority dedicated to raising money for community service), Connection (day-long symposium dedicated to women issues at SUNY Oswego), board member Central NY Regional Planning, board member Fulton Housing, TAC ( Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council),  Cornell Cooperative Extension ex-officio board member, Operation Oswego County, member Trinity Parish and taught church school at Holy Family, Eucharistic minister, former communications director for Immaculate Conception Church, bazaar and festival worker, greeter and store worker Golder Son.

What is the biggest problem facing Oswego County and how would you solve it? 

One main problem facing our county is unfunded mandates from New York state.

As a member of the New York State Association of Counties, collectively we have worked with other counties to push for legislation to alleviate or lower these mandates.

This alone will lower taxes, attract business and make Oswego County a more desirable place to live.

Jobs will always be a priority. Working with local agencies (Operation Oswego County and Regional Planning) helping to bring and expand local business.  Tourism and Agribusiness has brought many jobs to Oswego County.

I encourage entrepreneurship and always look for ways to cut red tape.

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