by Carol Thompson
The Oswego County Legislature named a new chairman and vice chairman to serve until the end of the year. The legislature also filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Fred Beardsley.
During Thursday’s session, Legislator Kevin Gardner was appointed to the legislature chairmanship in a 17-8 vote. Gardner is replacing Beardsley, who stepped down last month to take the position of county treasurer.
Beardsley has served as the chairman and Gardner had served as the vice chairman.
Garnder and Legislator Margaret Kastler were nominated to the post. Kastler, along with her own vote, garnered the votes of legislators Jim Karasek and Shawn Doyle, both Republicans, as well as the five Democrat legislators.
Terry Wilbur faced competition from Democrat legislator Amy Tresidder and receive the same vote count for the vice chairman post.
Republican legislators approved the appointment of Hastings Town Supervisor James Weatherup to fill the District 9 seat vacated by Beardsley.
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by Carol Thompson
The Oswego County Legislature held its organizational meeting Thursday with no leadership surprises.
Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley was re-elected, winning the seat over Legislator Amy Tresidder. The Republicans voted for Beardsley while the Democrats voted for Tresidder. Legislator Margaret Kastler abstained from the vote and Legislator Shawn Doyle was absent.
Legislator Kevin Gardner won the seat of vice chairman against Legislator Jacob Mulcahey. The vote was the same with Kastler supporting Gardner.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler will continue in his position and Legislator James Oldenburg was named majority leader by his caucus.
The cooperation between the Republicans and the Democrats that dominated the final meeting of 2012 didn’t last long with both sides at odds over the legal newspaper designation.
The Republican caucus once again selected two newspapers for the legal newspaper designation.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said the county is entering a difficult financial year and it was his understanding that the Republicans were going to select only one newspaper.
“I believe we should be staying true to what we started last year,” he said of the legislature’s stance on conserving money because of the difficult budget year ahead. “We’ve got to start (cutting) somewhere.”
Legislator Morris Sorbello defended the action. “It’s important for our public to be informed,” he said.
The legislature designated The Valley News, The Palladium-Times and the Oswego County Weeklies as the official newspapers.
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