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Legislators allege they were told FBI has left town

by Carol Thompson

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Albany will not confirm or deny an investigation is ongoing into Oswego County government, pursuant to the agency’s policy, however, some legislators allege they were told at a Tuesday evening caucus by a top-ranking county official that the investigation has concluded with no findings.

Because caucus proceedings are confidential, the legislators spoke on the condition of anonymity. They allege they were told the FBI is no longer looking into County Clerk George Williams or county clerk vendor Info Quick Solutions, Inc. of Liverpool.

The announcement was made, they claim, because there has been a concern with some legislators in regard to awarding a contract to a vendor under investigation.

The legislature is expected to vote on a recommendation to award the contract to IQS at the August 9 meeting.

Last year, the U.S. attorney’s office reportedly issued subpoenas for a decade worth of records from the office of the county clerk and the company.

The FBI generally does not confirm an investigation unless it has gone public, an agency spokesperson noted.

The county official whom legislators allege made the statement did not respond to a request for comment.

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Committee recommends IQS to serve clerk’s office

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee recommended a contract for data imaging services be awarded to Info Quick Solutions, Inc. of Liverpool.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Republican members of the committee voted to recommended the company receive the contract, based on a recommendation from County Clerk George Williams.

The county, in a third attempt to award a contract to service the county clerk’s office with data imaging services, went through a stringent process to select a company without controversy.

A panel was named to perform a blind review of the proposals and rate each one using a scoring system.

IQS was given the lowest score of the five companies vying for the contract. IQS was given an overall score of 457.25 while Property Info Corp. had the highest score at 649 followed by ACS Systems with a score of 618.25. IMR received a score of 561.25 and New Vision was scored at 516.25.

Each vendor was given four pricing options. Option four, which would require county-owned hardware, had IQS with the second highest pricing. IQS submitted a proposal for $13,543.

The lowest proposal came from ACS at $5,338 with conditions. Property Info Corp. submitted a cost of $8,087.25 and New Vision submitted a price of $10,440.

The highest bidder, IMR, submitted a price of $13,995.

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Backdated documents could cause legal problems for county

by Carol Thompson

The allegation of backdating legal documents in the Oswego County Clerk’s office surfaced during a committee meeting earlier this week.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey raised the issue during Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. He said he had received three telephone calls from people with concerns of the impropriety of backdating documents. Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he had also received a call from an abstractor who was concerned with the alleged backdating.

The clerk’s office had three index clerks working in the court records department. One of those employees, Claudia Gamble, was promoted to senior index clerk at the first of the year and moved to the land records department. The vacancy left in court records was never filled, although Mulcahey said that when he spoke with County Clerk George Williams six to eight weeks ago, he was told the process was underway to hire another person.

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