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Cloonan under consideration for Commissioner of Jurors job

by Carol Thompson

The announcement of the retirement of Oswego County Commissioner of Jurors Francis Wallace has left the New York State Fifth Judicial District to select his replacement.

Former Oswego Republican Chairman and Port of Oswego Authority employee James Cloonan is in the running for the position. Sources said Legislator Kevin Gardner is also seeking the job.

No one can speak on the record because official notification has not been made, but those close to the issue said Cloonan is the front runner.

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Injunction issued against Oswego County in flow control case

by Carol Thompson

A federal court judge has handed down a preliminary injunction against Oswego County in the ongoing court battle over the county’s flow control law.

It’s a battle that is has been costly to the taxpayers and could become even more costly. Last week, the legislature approved the payment of $65,214, as ordered by the court, for the purpose of reimbursing the plaintiff for legal fees. The day after the meeting, Senior District Court Judge Neal McCurn filed an injunction against the county.

Jeff Holbrook of JWJ Industries, Inc. brought a lawsuit against the county alleging that the legislature passed an unconstitutional flow control law. The court agreed and legislators were ordered to amend the law.

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Oswego County Legislature debates wind power…again

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature debated wind power once again when they met Thursday evening.

County Administrator Phil Church addressed the topic, explaining that New York is among the five Great Lakes states that recently reached a deal with the Obama administration to streamline the development of offshore wind turbines.

Church told legislators that he was trying to get more information. The legislature had previously passed a resolution in opposition of offshore wind farms.

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Oswego County flow control lawsuit discussion leads to outburst

by Carol Thompson

A judgment against Oswego County for legal fees to be paid in a lawsuit challenging the county’s flow control lawsuit brought about some debate and an outburst from the plaintiff who was sitting in the audience.

During Thursday’s meeting, the legislature voted to pay Jeff Holbrook $65,214 as ordered by the court.

Holbrook sued the county over its flow control law and a federal court judge ruled the county’s law unconstitutional.

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Spencer Ludington seeks county judicial seat

by Carol Thompson

Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington is seeking the support of Republicans to run for the Oswego County Surrogate Court judicial position being vacated by Judge John Elliott, who is expected to retire this year.

Elliott was elected to a new term two years ago, however, he has reached the mandatory retirement age.

Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael C. Backus said he is aware of the upcoming vacancy.

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Oswego County legislators consider giving support to full casino gaming

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will consider a resolution in support of full casino gaming when lawmakers meets tonight.

The resolution would be sent to state officials, who are considering a change to the state constitution to allow gaming at New York State facilities.

During last month’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, representatives of the Western New York Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation made a presentation on the benefits of gambling.

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Oswego County Legislature Clerk polled other counties on FOIL policies

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said that she polled other counties in regard to their Freedom of Information Law policies through a list service provided by the New York State Association of Counties.

At issue is whether Oswego County legislators should be required to request in writing and pay for copies of records they need to perform their official duties.

As an example, Legislator Shawn Doyle questioned why, prior to a contract vote, he would need to put a request in writing to review the contract he was expected to vote on and why he would need to request in writing the previous contract held by the vendor.

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Oswego County Ethics Board dismisses charges against legislator

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Ethics Board unanimously dismissed a complaint lodged against Legislator Shawn Doyle by former legislature Chairman Barry Leemann.

The charges stemmed from the Town of Richland’s decision to house the town historian’s office in the Pulaski Courthouse, which is owned by the county.

Doyle, the town’s historian, and other town officials utilize a small office located in the upper level of the courthouse. The town also occupies space in the lower level for departmental offices.

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