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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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From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Mayors for Meals Day in the City of Fulton

From left are driver Marcia Owens, driver Jen Pieropan, OCO staff member Cindy Seeber, driver Rhonda Verwey, DeLine, Woodward, OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Courier and OCO Senior Nutrition Services Volunteer Coordinator Chris Parks. -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward and Fire and Police Commissioner Alan Deline helped delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens Wednesday as part of Mayors for Meals Day.

Woodward, Deline and others joined Oswego County Opportunities workers in delivering meals to homes in the City of Fulton, including residents at Towpath Towers and Pathfinder Court.

OCO Senior Nutrition Services delivers 110 meals each day to home-bound clients in Fulton.

Oswego County legislator seeks additional government transparency

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee will discuss transparency in county government during a meeting to be held Monday.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler requested that the issue be added to the agenda for discussion.

One issue Kunzwiler is seeking to address is the fact that legislators are required to fill out a Freedom of Information form to request county records.

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Probe into Essex County results in no ‘provable criminal conduct’

by Carol Thompson

The Franklin County District Attorney has concluded that there is no “provable criminal conduct committed by any employee or county official of Essex County,” however, does go on to state that the report has been forwarded to the Essex County Ethics Board and the state Attorney General for review.

An investigation into the bidding procedure in Essex County in regard to a data imaging contract was the subject of Franklin County DA Derek Champagne’s investigation.

The investigation focused on e-mail correspondence between Essex County Deputy Clerk Janet Cross and Joe Murman of Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool.

The company does business with the Oswego County Clerk’s office and has been embroiled in controversy for over a year.

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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

New York News: March 24, 2012

Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

by Andrew Henderson

A bill that would help Oswego County and its inmate crunch at the Oswego County Correctional Facility has been approved by a key Senate committee this week, said state Senator Patty Ritchie.

The New York State Senate’s Crime and Corrections Committee approved the bill, S.5498, which would require payment to the counties for any state inmates who are held in a county jail beyond 10 days.

“Taxpayers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are being forced to foot the bill for inmates who are being held in county jails, but who really belong in state lock-ups,” Ritchie said.

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Democrat legislators call for probe of ethics leak

by Carol Thompson

If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.

“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”

Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

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