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Oswego County legislators debate FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee held a lengthy debate Monday on the Freedom of Information Law and whether sitting legislators should be required to make a written request for records and information.

The committee had before them a 1998 opinion from New York State Committee on Open Government Director Robert Freeman, which referred to a former legislator seeking records.

Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if it was the most recent opinion.  County Administrator Phil Church said that the county attorney had obtained the opinion. He suggested Freeman be contacted to determine if there is a more recent opinions.
Court cases have changed the outcome of some of the older opinions.

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Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

Fulton students recognized as part of ‘It’s COOL 2B in School’ Campaign

Granby winner – Granby Elementary School student Lindsey Benthin and her mother, Jessica Shaffer, were recognized for their participation in the Fulton City School District’s “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign.

According to Fulton City School District officials, good attendance is critical to school success.

The district launched the “It’s COOL 2B in School” attendance campaign during the 2011-2012 school year to raise awareness about the importance of good attendance habits.

The district recognizes that being in school, arriving on time and ready to learn are habits that are essential to being respectful, responsible and safe members of the community.

As part of this awareness campaign, more than 2,000 Fulton students and their families signed a pledge committing to good attendance habits. Good attendance will not only help students succeed in school, but will lay the foundation for habits that will support their success in college or a career, officials said.

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Congressman Bill Owens speaks out against Paul Ryan’s budget plan

by Carol Thompson

Congressman Bill Owens held a conference call with the media Friday to discuss the budget plan proposed by the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

“I’m against the Ryan tax plan for a host of reasons but mainly because it attempts to balance the budget on the backs of veterans, cops and first responders,” Owens said.

Ryan’s proposal would slash the debt by $5 trillion over the next decade; more than President Barack Obama’s budget proposes.  Ryan’s plan would cut domestic programs and restructure Medicare and the supplemental nutrition program (food stamps).

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Oswego County legislators uncomfortable with data imaging RFP process

by Carol Thompson

The question of whether the request for proposal process is being handled properly by Oswego County officials is expected to be answered by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The county solicited RFP’s for data imaging services with the responses due Friday. They were not publicly opened as some legislators said they feel should have been.

“I am not comfortable with this,” Legislator Amy Tresidder said. “There is no transparency and no accountability to the public.”

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Phoenix resident accused of exposing himself to minors

by Andrew Henderson

A 61-year-old resident of Phoenix was arrested last week after he reportedly exposed himself to two small children, members of the Fulton Police Department said.

At about 10:52 a.m. March 22, Fulton officers responded to the K-Mart store, located at 41 Riverglen Plaza, to investigate the report of an elderly male who exposed his genitals to two small children.

The responding officers, acting on information from store employees, located the suspect at the Dollar Tree store next to K-Mart.  The suspect, identified as Dean M. Suboski, reportedly admitted to investigating officers that he had exposed his genitals to the two small children.

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Oswego County legislators seek probe into leak

by Carol Thompson

New information was provided during Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee regarding an ethics complaint that was reportedly leaked to the press.

Last year, a complaint was filed by former legislature chairman Barry Leemann against Legislator Shawn Doyle. Doyle said he was contacted by a reporter prior to being notified that a complaint was filed against him.

Doyle added that he immediately contacted County Attorney Richard Mitchell and inquired who might have tipped off the press. Mitchell, Doyle said, told him that the packets had yet to leave his office when he contacted him within five minutes of his call from the reporter.

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Oswego County DSS building update to be held today

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meets today, an update will be presented in regard to the Department of Socials Services building.

Last week, county officials advised the public that low levels of asbestos have been found in ceiling tiles in the older section of the DSS building.

They added that the tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved.

The county contracted with an environmental testing firm to conduct air quality monitoring and test ceiling tiles for asbestos at the DSS building based upon an employee’s concern.

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Bodley Bulletins: March 28, 2012

by Erika Johnson

The band concerts were held last Thursday at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Students and the audience members alike got to hear some great music from the students, but also from some special guests.

Composer Sean O’Loughlin wrote a song for the wind ensemble and conducted for them as well. The solo trumpet part in the piece was played by David Bamonte, a member of the Oregon Symphony.

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