Valley News reporter Carol Thompson received two awards for investigative reporting from the Syracuse Press Club Saturday evening.
Thompson took the first place award for her story “County Clerk vendor under investigation in Essex County.” The story examined the controversy surrounding a contract Essex County holds with the same vendor that has been shrouded in controversy in Oswego County.
Questions regarding the contract surfaced following a Freedom of Information request Thompson made to Essex County. The county responded with 483 e-mail messages that indicated a close personal relationship between an employee of the Essex County Clerk’s office and a representative of the vendor.
An Article 78 proceeding filed against Oswego County Clerk George Williams will continue Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Oswego County Court House.
Attorney Scott Chatfield, who represents APS Information Systems in a case against Williams, said Thursday that he received notice of the date.
APS is suing Williams for his policy of charging fees to research criminal court records. State law allows a $5 fee to be charged for each name searched for every two years provided the search is certified. APS alleges that Williams has been charging for all searches, including those that are not certified.
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An accord reached between New York State and the Obama Administration designed to hasten the development of offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes has resulted in the Oswego County Legislature taking up the issue once again.
The agreement revives the massive wind turbine project in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario that the state put on the back burner five months ago. The plan called for 150 offshore wind turbines in Western New York.
With the prospect of offshore wind turbines revived, the legislators fear the wind farms would be a detriment to the county’s fishing and tourism industry.
Oswego County Legislator Mike Kunzwiler wants an answer as to why members of the Democrat caucus did not receive the financial disclosure form required to be filled out by elected officials and appointed personnel.
Kunzwiler and the other Democrats said they received a letter from the county ethics board stating that the legislators disclosure forms had not been received and are due.
When Legislator Doug Malone attempted to address the absence of the form during Monday’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, he was not allowed to speak to the issue because it was not on the agenda (see related story).