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Lawsuit against Oswego County clerk hits snag

by Carol Thompson

There was a hearing held Wednesday in the matter of a case against Oswego County Clerk George Williams but the plaintiff’s attorney said he had no idea a hearing had been scheduled.

Attorney Scott Chatfield, who represents APS Information Systems in a case against Williams, said late Wednesday that he had no idea a hearing had been scheduled until he received a telephone call from Oswego County Supreme Court Judge Norman Seiter asking why he wasn’t in court.

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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Amy Tressider considers run for New York State Senate

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder said Thursday that she is considering a run for the New York State Senate seat currently held by Patty Ritchie.

Tresidder said she has filed with the Board of Elections for a spot on the ballot for the 48th Senate District.

“I am strongly considering challenging her,” Tresidder said of her prospective bid against incumbent Ritchie. “I have not yet made an official announcement.”
Tresidder said she has the support of the three counties that encompass the district: Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson.

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Appeal filed in Alan Jones case

by Carol Thompson

A lawyer representing Alan Jones has filed an appeal in the case.

Jones was convicted of murdering his 11-year old step-sister Erin Maxwell in 2008.

He is being represented by attorney John Cirando, who will argue that the evidence failed to show depraved indifference murder and that the weight of evidence does not support the jury’s verdict.

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View From The Fourth Floor: March 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

Yesterday was St. Baldrick’s Day.

Representatives from across Oswego County were honored with a proclamation from the legislature at Thursday’s meeting.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan was one of the participants who went bald in support of kids with cancer.

The money raised from the event is used toward cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is second only to the U.S. Government in funding childhood cancer research.

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Oswego County Legislature chairman calls on Senator Patty Ritchie to take action

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley has sent a letter to state Senator Patty Ritchie urging her and her colleagues to accelerate the governor’s Medicaid mandate relief.

In a letter dated March 12, Beardsley wrote, “In the next several days, as you prepare to vote for your state budget, please know that Oswego County property taxpayers are relying on you to enact this mandate relief.”

Beardsley outlined four mandate relief proposals included in the governor’s budget. They are early intervention reform, preschool special education reform, pension reform and a freeze on the local share of Medicaid costs.

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Democrats seek change in Oswego County Legislature meeting times

by Carol Thompson

A change in the Oswego County Legislature’s Rules and Order of Business led to a discussion about changing the meeting time to provide more public accessibility.

During Thursday’s meeting of the legislature, Legislator Jake Mulcahey brought forth a motion to move the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. so that more members of the public can attend.

The discussion surfaced when legislators brought forth a motion to waive the rules to allow for a change in the Rules and Order of Business.

The legislature can only make changes in odd years, hence, the waiver was required.

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Oswego County split into two congressional districts

by Carol Thompson

The lines have been drawn and re-drawn and, as of Friday, Oswego County will be divided into two Congressional districts.

The most recent plan is most likely the final.

Oswego County Republican Chairman Mike Backus said the county Republican committee endorsed Ann Marie Buerkle and Richard Hanna at a meeting held Thursday evening. “It looks to be final,” Backus said of the county’s two new districts.

U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann made some changes to the original map she had submitted but her new lines left Central New York unchanged

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Oswego County Legislature approves $200,000 transfer for inmates costs

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.

The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”

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