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Composition of Oswego County Ethics Board slated for discussion

by Carol Thompson

The recent events in regard to an apparent ethics board leak has led to the discussion as to whether the composition of the board needs revamping.

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee will discuss the board when legislators meet April 23.

In the meantime, some legislators are gathering information from other counties as to the number of members they appoint to their boards and the composition of the membership.

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Oswego County not among the healthiest in the state

by Carol Thompson

Smoking and adult obesity are on the rise in Oswego County, according to a report issued by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual health report gives the county a ranking of 38 of the 62 counties in the state.

According to the report, smoking has increased by one percent from 2010 and adult obesity has increased by five percent for the same time period. Those totals are well above the state average.

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Attorney fees awarded to plaintiff in Oswego County Flow Control lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

The United States District Court District of New York has placed a judgment on attorney’s fees in a civil case against the County of Oswego.

The full legislature has been asked to approve the transfer of $65,214 from the appropriated fund balance to the insurance reserve.

The court ordered the county to pay the attorney fees for Jeff Holbrook, who sued over the Flow  Control law. The judgment is dated March 23. The United States District Court in Syracuse struck down Oswego County’s Flow Control Law earlier last summer as unconstitutionally vague.

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Ethics leak probe now in hands of Oswego County district attorney

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said Thursday that he will begin to gather information in regard to an ethics board leak that occurred late last year.

“At this point, I’m trying to gather information,” Oakes said.

He added that he will speak with the person who complained to get more background information.

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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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Other counties don’t require legislators to fill out FOILs

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County legislators are required to make a written request for the documents that they are the legal custodians of — and it has sparked a debate as to whether they should be exempt from having to follow the same procedure as the public in acquiring records.

In other counties around the state, legislators have access to records without written requests or wait.

The requests, known more commonly as a FOIL request, the acronym for Freedom of Information Law, are required to obtain public documents from government agencies.  Requests can be made in writing by e-mail, hard copy or by using a form provided by the agency.

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Oswego County jail inmate pilot program to begin soon

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd said Wednesday that he expects the county to begin a state pilot program that could ease the maximum capacity issues faced at the Oswego County Public Safety Center.

“It should start within a week or two,” Todd said of the county’s participation in the program.

The state recently began a program called The Orleans Project, which removes “technical violators” of parole from the local jail, placing them in state-run facilities.

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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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