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Legislator questions legality of reapportionment plan

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia, the lone Democrat on the legislature’s Reapportionment Committee, questioned the legality of the new district boundary lines during Tuesday’s meeting.

Farfaglia argued that, under state Municipal Home Rule Law, the districts cannot be split as they are under the proposed plan.

Following the announcement of some minor changes to several districts, Farfaglia presented his argument.

He said his understanding is that a town must meet a certain population requirement to be split.

Legislator Dan Chalifoux said he believed the committee was in compliance with the law and referred to County Attorney Richard Mitchell.

Mitchell said the state criteria are in deseeding order. “It may not be practical to divide by 25,” he said. “We’re still drawing boundary lines on the districts. I’ve not seen numbers on the districts.”

Farfaglia said the law didn’t appear to allow any exceptions.

“There are towns being divided that should not be divided,” Farfaglia said, adding that Hannibal and some of the other towns are not large enough to be divided.

Chalifoux said the plan is in compliance. “It’s not either or,” he said.

Farfaglia said he believed all of the standards should be applied. “We aren’t in that position right now,” he said.

Mitchell said he would take a look at the law.

by Carol Thompson

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Legislator questions if proper data was used in drawing district lines

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia said he suspected something was awry when the proposed maps were released showing the new boundaries for the county’s 25 legislative districts.

He said he believes he has found the problem, Farfaglia said Friday.

“I don’t think the proper year’s census data was used,” he said.  “The law requires that you redistrict every ten years with the census to make the county legislative districts as equal in population as possible. The proposed redistricting plan isn’t based on the changes in population from ten years ago, it’s based on changes in population from twenty years ago.”

Farfaglia said he used the County Planning Department’s own chart distributed at the first Reapportionment Committee Meeting July 3 to make his point.

“The chart shows population numbers by legislative district as if the numbers were from the 2000 census,” Farfaglia said. “But the numbers just didn’t add up. I checked and discovered the total county population listed was in fact the total population for the county according to the 1990 census – exactly, to the digit.”

According to Farfaglia, his suspicions were confirmed when he compared town populations wholly contained within legislative districts.

The legislator checked the populations for the towns of Mexico, Constantia, Sandy Creek, Boylston and Redfield and found that the population numbers used by the planning department were from 1990 not 2000.

“The population of the current legislative districts didn’t change as much as they claimed,” he said. “Worse yet, there were seven districts that were incorrectly stated as having gained population, when they really lost people over the last decade. There are also three districts that were listed having population losses when in reality, they actually got larger.

“They used the wrong data – data from 22 years ago,” he added. “And, using bad data to create these new districts raises the real possibility that the redistricting proposal may not survive a court challenge.”

The proposed district line have caused some controversy as the Volney Town Board has objected and former Legislator Barbara Brown has lodged complaints in regard to the boundaries proposed for Palermo.

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Fulton legislator builds web site to assist public

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia is hoping his new web site will assist the public in finding everything they may want to know about the county.

“In a nutshell, this is a site that is designed to make it easier for residents of Oswego County to be able to identify all of their elected officials from town council members all the way to their federally elected representatives,” Farfaglia said.

The site went public yesterday, although it’s still a work in progress.

The web site also includes a list of past members of the State Assembly, State Senate and members of Congress, along with photos and biographies, when available.

“All of these previous officeholders in those lists have represented Oswego County at some point and the years that they did is what’s listed,” Farfaglia said.

As an example, he said, Bob Oaks has been a member of the Assembly since 1993, however in the list, it states 2003 because that’s when he first began representing Hannibal, Oswego Town and Minetto.

The current county legislative maps will also be added to the web site and will be included in the municipality pages along with city council districts for the cities of Fulton and Oswego.

“The page that is empty is the one titled Old Maps. That is going to include old Assembly, State Senate and Congressional Maps so that residents can see the changes that their area went through during the past two centuries,” Farfaglia said.

“I will also attempt to include the county legislative districts from 1990s so that way residents can see for themselves the changes since they went from 36 seats to 25.”

This site as it is now is custom designed for this fall’s elections, Farfaglia noted.

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