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Learning about government – Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia hosted Fulton Junior High School seventh grade student Cole Rothrock for Thursday’s Government Day. Each year, students learn about county government by spending the day with legislators.

County students receive hands-on learning through Government Day

Learning about government – Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia hosted Fulton Junior High School seventh grade student Cole Rothrock for Thursday’s Government Day. Each year, students learn about county government by spending the day with legislators.

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Government Day was deemed a huge success by organizers.
Legislators hosted middle school students from around the county Thursday for a day of learning.

Oswego County Cornell Cooperative Extension Director Paul Forestiere told legislators that the event is important for the students.

Educating the youth with information that they need will allow them the students to become responsible students, he said.

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Valley News reporter receives awards for investigative reporting

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.

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County clerk case continues

by Carol Thompson

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.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley News

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Wind power debate to continue

by Carol Thompson

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.

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Legislators spar over non-agenda committee items

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone attempted to bring up two issues during Monday’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee- but he was not allowed to speak.

Malone, a member of the committee, wanted to address the issue of his failure to receive a financial disclosure form as well as the length of the Health and Human Services Committee meetings.

None of the Democrat legislators received the financial disclosure form that is required to be filled out and Malone, because it is the jurisdictional committee, attempted to address the matter.

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Legislator seeks answers to disclosure statements

by Carol Thompson

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).

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Presidential Primary brings out few Republican voters in Oswego County

by Carol Thompson

If interest in the Republican Presidential Primary race is reflected by the number of voters who turn out at the polls Tuesday, it would be a fair statement to say there was little interest.

Only five percent of registered Republicans, or 1,659 voters, cast a ballot in the primary race.

That’s according to Legislator Terry Wilbur, who serves as chairman of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. He presented the statistics during Wednesday’s meeting.

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Oswego County FOIL discussion tabled

by Carol Thompson

A discussion in regard to changes in Oswego County’s Freedom of Information Law policy was tabled with little discussion by the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee.

During Monday’s meeting, Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if a draft policy could be presented to New York State Committee on Open Government Committee Director Robert Freeman for an opinion.

“It would just make sense,” Doyle said.

The committee approved tabling discussion of the policy until Freeman reviewed it.
Majority Leader Jack Proud said that he wanted to remind the committee of the concept of local control.

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