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County sued over reapportionment plan

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder speaks at a press conference held Tuesday at Fulton city hall. Tresidder and 10 others are suing the county over the recently passed new reapportionment plan that sharply divides some towns. Looking on is Legislator Dan Farfaglia.
Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder speaks at a press conference held Tuesday at Fulton city hall. Tresidder and 10 others are suing the county over the recently passed new reapportionment plan that sharply divides some towns. Looking on is Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is being sued by 11 plaintiffs in the matter of the reapportionment plan passed late last year.

The plaintiffs have asked the court to nullify the plan and allow an unbiased committee redraw the legislative district lines.

The Article 78 proceeding was filed with Oswego County Court early Tuesday afternoon and a subsequent press conference was held later that day at Fulton City Hall.

The plaintiffs include the five members of the Democrat caucus and residents Al Gerisch of West Monroe. June Rivers and Sam Weber of Mexico, Gay Williams of Minetto, Ronald Greenleaf of Hannibal and former county legislator Barbara Brown of Palermo.

The non-legislative plaintiffs are from varying political affiliations.

“A few hours ago, I and 10 other plaintiffs set into motion a process we hope will eventually lead the board to declare invalid the 25 districts that were passed by the county legislature back in December,” said Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

The plaintiffs allege that towns were “intentionally and illegally split.”

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Candidate clarifies position on pensions

by Carol Thompson

Amy Tresidder, who is running for the New York State Senate 48th District seat, said Wednesday that her position on pension reform has been misinterpreted.

“As the plan was first presented, I could not support it,” she said.

Tresidder, who is facing incumbent Patty Ritchie in the Nov. 6 election, said that before making a decision in regard to the Tier VI plan, she had contacted the state comptroller’s office to learn more about the costs.

Ritchie voted this year to approve changes to the state pension system, which the unions opposed.

Among the changes is an increased the retirement age from 62 to 63 and the plan offered a 401(k)-style pension option to non-union employees of the state.

At that time, Tresidder said she would not have voted to approve Tier VI , she said, because the startup costs were significant.

“State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office said that setting up the new pension tier would cost between $7 million and $16 million, without any immediate savings,” Tredidder said.

DiNapoli had also opposed changes to the pension system, said Tressider.

In March, Tresidder received a press release from DiNapoli that stated, “The agreement reached between the Governor and the Legislature on Tier VI will reduce pension costs for new employees. But this new tier will not significantly lower costs for local governments in the short run.”

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County legislators spar over parliamentary procedure

by Carol Thompson

Meeting procedure was once again called to question when a memorializing resolution that had been tabled the previous month had been reintroduced in an amended form.

Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, the legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee met to discuss an amended resolution opposing the International Joint Commission’s BV7 plan to regulate the water levels of Lake Ontario.

Legislator Amy Tresidder questioned the propriety of reintroducing an amended resolution when the legislature had tabled the previous resolution. A tabled resolution must be presented on the floor in its original form.

Tresidder’s comments were disregarded and Legislator Louella LeClair introduced the amended resolution during the legislature session.

Legislator Doug Malone questioned the legality of bringing the amended resolution to the floor.  He argued that the same resolution that was tabled is the one must be presented to the floor.

Legislator Dan Chalifoux called for a recess so that the matter could be researched.

Upon the return of the legislature, LeClair moved to un-table the previous resolution followed by a motion to amend the resolution that came out of committee.

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Legislator calls for correction of errors in county resolution

by Carol Thompson

A resolution in opposition of the memorandum of understanding between New York State and the federal government to speed development of wind towers in Lake Ontario’s eastern basin apparently contained inaccurate information that one legislator wanted corrected.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, the accuracy of the third paragraph of the resolution was questioned by Legislator Amy Tresidder.

The paragraph states, “Whereas, it is always wise to learn from your neighbors’ mistakes — although initially embracing offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario, after experiencing negative economic and environmental consequences, the Province of Ontario has now placed a moratorium on any further construction of offshore wind turbines pending further study.”

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Amy Tresidder to declare Senate candidacy tomorrow

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder will declare her candidacy for the 48th District Senate seat tomorrow.

Tressider, a Democrat, will challenge Republican senator Patricia Ritchie in the November election.

Tresidder will kick off her campaign in Canton at noon, followed by Watertown before heading to Oswego to make her announcement.

A native of St. Lawrence County, Tresidder moved to the city of Oswego 33 years ago. She is serving her second term in the legislature.

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View From The Fourth Floor: April 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature met the evening of April 12 and the agenda, although considered to be light, brought about some interesting debate, an audience outburst and some humorous moments.

The meeting was led by Legislator Art Ospelt, who serves as the legislature vice chairman due to the absence of Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.  Legislator Jim Oldenburg was also absent.

For the first time in a long time, the minutes of the meeting were not approved. Instead they were tabled.

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Legislator censored? Amy Tresidder ‘disappointed’ in Republican colleagues

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder has announced she may challenge New York State Senator Patty Ritchie for the 48th District seat.

Although she has not declared her candidacy, the Democrat said she feels the Republicans are becoming nervous about her potential run.

The potential candidate said she was “disappointed” when she learned from a Republican legislator that there is an attempt to censor her from speaking at legislature committee meetings of which she is not a member.

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Valley Viewpoint: Committed people

by Amy Tresidder of Oswego

Congratulations to the citizens of Oswego that took the time and effort to carry petitions and present them to the Oswego County Legislature regarding the removal of synthetic marijuana from store shelves.

Margaret Mead said. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

It was the effort of these citizens that made the difference. Thank You.