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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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Sandy Creek man convicted of slashing New Haven woman

Sandy Creekby Andrew Henderson

An Oswego County Court jury convicted a 35-year-old Sandy Creek resident of burglary and assault Tuesday.

The jury, comprised of six men and six women, convicted Michael T. Reitz, of 201 Salisbury St., Sandy Creek, of two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree assault, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges constituted all of the counts in the indictment.

Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner presided over the trial. The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody. Reitz was represented by Salvatore Lanza.

On Christmas Day last year, Reitz broke into the New Haven home of Michelle Chambers, his ex-girlfriend. After breaking into the house, he assaulted Chambers with a knife, slashing her face a number of times in front of her three children. The attack resulted in permanent scarring to her face.

At trial, Moody told the jury that Reitz and Chambers had been in a relationship until the end of October of 2011. His apaprent motive for the attack was his concern that she was seeing other men.

Reitz entered the home wearing a mask, but Chambers and two of her children testified that they recognized his voice, build, and way of walking.

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