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Former legislator prohibited from speaking at meeting

by Carol Thompson

Reapportionment was a heated topic during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature and a former legislator wasn’t allowed to speak at a meeting held just prior to the regular session.

Former legislator Barbara Brown attended the meeting of the legislature’s reapportionment committee and asked to speak.

“Is anybody allowed to speak regarding this today?” she asked.

“Barbara wait your turn, I’ll ask you,” Legislator Dan Chalifoux, who chairs the committee, responded.

When he gave her an audience, he asked, “Does it have to do with the public hearing?”

“It has to do with the reapportionment,” Brown said with Chalifoux cutting her off before finishing her sentence.

“Does it have to do with the public hearing,” Chalifoux again asked. “That’s what this meeting was called for.”

Brown said she did not approve of the proposed reapportionment plan.

“If it’s about drawing the lines Barb, you need to come to the public hearing and speak,” Chalifoux said.

Brown said that there will be a lot of people at the public hearing.

“Whoever you want to bring, Barb,” Chalifoux responded.

“I’m not bringing them, they’re coming by themselves,” Brown said.

Farfaglia said Brown could stay for the legislature session and address her concerns at that time.

With Chalifoux not allowing her to speak at the committee meeting, Brown addressed the full legislature.

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