A federal court judge has handed down a preliminary injunction against Oswego County in the ongoing court battle over the county’s flow control law.
It’s a battle that is has been costly to the taxpayers and could become even more costly. Last week, the legislature approved the payment of $65,214, as ordered by the court, for the purpose of reimbursing the plaintiff for legal fees. The day after the meeting, Senior District Court Judge Neal McCurn filed an injunction against the county.
Jeff Holbrook of JWJ Industries, Inc. brought a lawsuit against the county alleging that the legislature passed an unconstitutional flow control law. The court agreed and legislators were ordered to amend the law.
Huhtamaki has been awarded $500,000 in state funding from Empire State Development for the company’s new flexographic printing machinery and equipment.
The Empire State Development’s Board of Directors met this week and approved the funding. Huhtamaki was one of several businesses to receive a grant.
“Today’s action shows we are continuing to leverage private investment and optimize limited state resources to retain and create much-needed jobs across the state,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
The Oswego County Legislature debated wind power once again when they met Thursday evening.
County Administrator Phil Church addressed the topic, explaining that New York is among the five Great Lakes states that recently reached a deal with the Obama administration to streamline the development of offshore wind turbines.
Church told legislators that he was trying to get more information. The legislature had previously passed a resolution in opposition of offshore wind farms.
A judgment against Oswego County for legal fees to be paid in a lawsuit challenging the county’s flow control lawsuit brought about some debate and an outburst from the plaintiff who was sitting in the audience.
During Thursday’s meeting, the legislature voted to pay Jeff Holbrook $65,214 as ordered by the court.
Holbrook sued the county over its flow control law and a federal court judge ruled the county’s law unconstitutional.
Noah Delaney of Fulton is one of three finalists in Discover’s second annual Day With the Cup contest, where the winner will be granted an entire day with the Stanley Cup along with a community event and tickets to a Stanley Cup Finals game.
By voting on the finalists between April 17 and 21, hockey fans everywhere will choose the grand prize winner by casting their vote at www.Discover.com/StanleyCup.
Discover will announce the grand prize winner on May 6 via a special community event featuring the Stanley Cup.
Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington is seeking the support of Republicans to run for the Oswego County Surrogate Court judicial position being vacated by Judge John Elliott, who is expected to retire this year.
Elliott was elected to a new term two years ago, however, he has reached the mandatory retirement age.
Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael C. Backus said he is aware of the upcoming vacancy.
The Fulton City Republican Committee recently endorsed Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington for Surrogate Court judge, Congresswoman Ann Buerkle for the newly formed 24th District, and Wendy Long for United States Senate.
The endorsement for Ludington was unanimous, according to committee Chairman Jim Myers said.
“Judge Ludington has our full support for Surrogate Court Judge,” said Myers. “He is known for his fair decisions while on the bench and has the experience needed to preform the duties as Surrogate Court Judge. We are proud to endorse Judge Ludington.”