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Linda Lockwood seeks legislature chairman seat

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Linda Lockwood has sent a letter to her colleagues, expressing her interest in becoming the legislature chairman next year.

In a letter dated Nov. 20, Lockwood wrote, “I have served as a legislator for the past five years. Prior to joining you on the  legislature, I served as a town councilor for 12 years. I have seen the ups and downs of government and experienced many different leadership techniques. It is these experiences that have led me to write to you today. With this letter I respectfully express to you my intent to run for Chair of the Oswego County Legislature.”

Current chairman Fred Beardsley said he is running as well. He said Lockwood’s challenge is a part of the system that takes place to select leadership.

The 20-member Republican majority selects the chairman, generally at a GOP meeting held in mid-December. In past years, the five member minority caucus has had little influence over the chairmanship.  This year, however, could be different.

The Republican caucus has been said to be divided this year, with not all legislators rank and file with Beardsley, although it appears he holds a slim majority. That could result in the Democrat legislators choosing the next chairman.

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Pre-meeting e-mail irks Democrats

by Carol Thompson

An e-mail, sent to Republican members of the Oswego County Legislature on the eve of a controversial vote has stirred the ire of the Democrat’s.

As the legislature was considering the award of a contract to Info Quick Solutions, Inc. of Liverpool to provide data imaging services to the office of the County Clerk, GOP legislator’s received a message from Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls on Wednesday.

“If anyone has any critical concerns in regard to the IQS resolution that will be presented to the legislature tomorrow please contact Majority Leader John Proud… or Majority Whip Linda Lockwood… .” The telephone numbers were included in the message.

When asked if the message was intended to poll legislators, Lockwood said “Not really, we’re just getting the feel of the crowd,” she said. When asked if that wasn’t essentially polling, Lockwood said no one was telling the legislators how to vote.

Legislator Doug Malone said in his opinion, the message sounded like polling, something that is not legal under state law.

“If they have critical questions why wouldn’t they be answered by the county attorney or county administrator,” he said. County Administrator Phil Church handled the RFP process autonomously. Legislators had no involvement, and purchasing director Fred Maxon had limited involvement.

As for the message coming from Falls, Malone said, “She works for all of us and we are just as equal as they (Republicans) are.”

Malone added that he does not understand the hard push by the GOP to award the contract to IQS, the company that submitted among the highest cost and had the lowest review score.

“They are doing more to give this contract to IQS than they did to get rid of Don Morey,” he said. Morey was the previous county highway superintendent who was publicly terminated in 2006 despite large public support.

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Sorbello to head committee formed to study former jail

by Carol Thompson

Following years of discussion, the Oswego County Legislature has yet to decide what to do with the former jail that sits across the Public Safety Center.

A committee has been formed to discuss the prospects for the ailing facility.

Legislator Morris Sorbello will serve as the chairman and legislators Linda Lockwood and Jake Mulcahey will round out the committee.

“We need to find out about an asbestos study,” Sorbello said, adding that the committee will hopefully conclude what to do with the building.

At one time in recent years, County Administrator Phil Church said there may be an interested developer.

He would not disclose the name of the developer to legislators and nothing more had been said at public meetings after the initial announcement.

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