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County sued over reapportionment plan

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder speaks at a press conference held Tuesday at Fulton city hall. Tresidder and 10 others are suing the county over the recently passed new reapportionment plan that sharply divides some towns. Looking on is Legislator Dan Farfaglia.
Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder speaks at a press conference held Tuesday at Fulton city hall. Tresidder and 10 others are suing the county over the recently passed new reapportionment plan that sharply divides some towns. Looking on is Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is being sued by 11 plaintiffs in the matter of the reapportionment plan passed late last year.

The plaintiffs have asked the court to nullify the plan and allow an unbiased committee redraw the legislative district lines.

The Article 78 proceeding was filed with Oswego County Court early Tuesday afternoon and a subsequent press conference was held later that day at Fulton City Hall.

The plaintiffs include the five members of the Democrat caucus and residents Al Gerisch of West Monroe. June Rivers and Sam Weber of Mexico, Gay Williams of Minetto, Ronald Greenleaf of Hannibal and former county legislator Barbara Brown of Palermo.

The non-legislative plaintiffs are from varying political affiliations.

“A few hours ago, I and 10 other plaintiffs set into motion a process we hope will eventually lead the board to declare invalid the 25 districts that were passed by the county legislature back in December,” said Legislator Dan Farfaglia.

The plaintiffs allege that towns were “intentionally and illegally split.”

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County’s reapportionment plan might be heading to court

by Carol Thompson

A lawsuit is expected to be filed within the next few weeks over the county’s reapportionment plan, which was adopted by the legislature during a special meeting Dec. 28.

The approved reapportionment plan divides some towns into multiple legislative districts.

For several months, Legislator Dan Farfaglia, who represents a portion of Fulton and Granby, has questioned the legality of the new boundary lines.

He hired a redistricting expert to evaluate the maps and redraw the lines, claiming that the county’s plan did not conform with the law.

A Reapportionment Committee was formed to reestablish the boundary lines of the 25 legislative districts to conform with the 2010 census. Farfaglia has argued that the county map does not comply with the law.

Farfaglia attempted to have his plan introduced several months ago during a meeting of the committee. He failed to get a second to his motion.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler was also critical of the majority for not listening to the opinion of the public. He noted that 99 percent of those speaking at a public hearing were opposed to the reapportionment plan.

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Oswego County reapportionment meeting rescheduled for Friday

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will meet at 2 p.m. Friday to vote on the new legislative district lines.

The meeting will be held in legislature chambers on the fourth floor of the county government complex in Oswego.

The legislature has anticipated having a new plan passed by the end of the year.

A public hearing was held earlier this month with several residents speaking in opposition of the plan. The new lines will divide several towns, including the towns of Oswego and Volney. The Volney Town Board sent an opposing resolution to the legislature.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia has been a vocal opponent of the plan and has proposed his own plan, which he claims meets the legal requirements.

Farfaglia is a member of a reapportionment committee formed to draw the new lines. Legislator Dan Chalifoux serves as chairman of the committee.

When legislators decide on a final plan, the new lines will be represented in next year’s election.  At that time, all 25 seats will be on the ballot.

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Republicans once again block property tax break

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia can’t get the Republican caucus to agree to give a property tax exemption to homeowners who make improvements to their dwellings.

During last Thursday’s meeting, Farfaglia attempted to bring a resolution to the floor that would provide a public hearing on the proposal. The resolution would bring back a program that expired several years ago, however, few residents took advantage of the program.

Farfaglia said he believes with more publicity, the program would be better utilized.

The proposed law would have given residential homeowners the opportunity to make improvements in excess of $30,000 for a 100-percent exemption on the increase in the assessed value attributable to the reconstruction, alteration or improvements for the first year and for the following four years on a sliding scale basis.

The exemption would be limited to $80,000 in increased market value of the property. The exemption would not be available to those making routine maintenance and repairs.

Eligible properties could not be more than two family homes and the greater portion of the home to be improved is at least five years old. Farfaglia asked for the rules to be waived so that he could introduce the resolution to schedule a public hearing.

Legislator Dan Chalifoux objected and called a point of order. Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said Farfaglia had the right to introduce the resolution.

Majority Leader Jack Proud said he objected to the procedure because the Republican caucus had not received a copy of the resolution prior to the meeting.

County Attorney Richard Mitchell ruled the procedure was proper.  Farfaglia made an argument for the exemption, citing that other counties offer the program.

Chalifoux again voiced objection.

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View From The Fourth Floor: July 18, 2012

by Carol Thompson

It’s official! Oswego County has a new health director.

Jiancheng Huang received the final approval needed to take the helm.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia was the only legislator present to vote against Huang. Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler was excused from the July 12 meeting and Legislator Kevin Gardner was absent.

Huang received a standing ovation following the vote.

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There are short meeting and there are really short meetings. Prior to the start of the legislature session, a meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee was held.

Legislator James Oldenburg, who serves as the chairman, took care of business in 58 seconds — easily swooping the lead from Legislator Art Ospelt, who chairs the Finance and Personnel Committee. Ospelt held a seven-and-one-half minute meeting.

In fairness, Ospelt had a much larger agenda. The Infrastructure Committee passed one agenda item for a budget modification.

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Water chestnuts made the news quite often last year and while the pesky plant has less media attention, it is being aggressively attacked.

The Soil and Water Conservation District plans to use a chemical treatment on 200 acres in the Oswego River this summer and volunteers have been busy conducting hand pulls along the Salmon and Oswego rivers.

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County employees are currently on summer hours.

The legislative building hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Aug. 31.

The Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. during July and August.

Learner’s permit testing at the DMV offices will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. while CDL testing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Committee tables resurrection of expired exemption program

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia presented members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee with a proposal that would return a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.

“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the committee.

The committee voted Wednesday to table the proposal, not because they don’t support it, but because they want to obtain more information.

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Oswego County legislator seeks to restore expired exemption program

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia would like to see the return of a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.

“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the legislature’s Community and consumer Affairs Committee.

“Under that law, in the first year of the increased value of the home, the owner paid no additional property taxes. Beginning in the second year, they paid a small increased amount. Gradually the amount paid increased every year and by the time the sixth year arrived, they were paying the full assessed value of the home.”

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