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District attorney salary increase will go for final vote next week

by Carol Thompson

A state mandated salary increase for Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes is slated to be voted on when the full legislature meets July 12.

It’s an issue, however, that the county has little say.

For the county to be in compliance with a state court system compensation mandate, Oakes will receive a raise of $20,000 raise this year as well as a retroactive pay.

Oakes’ salary will increase from $119,800 to $140,300 to bring his compensation into compliance with a new state mandate. The money for the raise is fully funded through state aid and is retroactive to March 29.

While the salary increase is covered by the state this year and through March 2013, legislators are concerned with the local cost beginning April 2013.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was frustrated with state mandates and he, as with others, are concerned how the county will pay the increase after next year. The state has not promised the money beyond this year.

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County DA in line for 17 percent raise

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes will see his salary soar as the state has approved more compensation for the position.

Oakes salary will jump from $119,800 annually to a minimum of $140,166 — an increase of more than $20,000.

The legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee approved the modification of the district attorney’s budget to accept an allocation in the amount of $59,989 from the State of New York for assistance under the District Attorney Salary Aid Program.

According to the memorandum attached to the resolution, “Chapter 567 of the Laws of 2010 created the Special Commission on Judicial Compensation to examine, evaluate and make recommendations with respect to adequate levels of compensation and non-salary benefits for Judges and Justices of the state paid courts of the Unified Court System.”

It continues, “The Commission recommended that all New York State judges receive phased-in salary increases over the next three fiscal years beginning April 1, 2012 and a law was adopted with these recommendations.

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County legislator asks that second ethics leak be probed

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County district attorney has been asked to investigate how an ethics complaint filed against a legislator was leaked to the press. Now,  the district attorney will be asked to investigate a second leak in the same matter.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said he was taken by surprise when a news reporter telephoned him to request an interview in regard to the dismissal of the charges.

At the time of the call, few people were in possession of the dismissal and Doyle had yet to review the ethics board decision with his attorney.

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