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County prepares tax fight with Entergy Nuclear

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature passed several resolutions during Thursday’s session that involve a tax certiorari litigation with the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant owned by Entergy.

The county, Town of Scriba and Mexico Academy and Central School district have been unable to negotiate a tax agreement with Entergy following a one-year good-faith agreement that had been previously approved.

Legislators were told by those involved in the process on the county level that the new agreement would come easily.

That didn’t happen and now the parties will head to court.

The three taxing jurisdictions will retain Hacker Murphy, LLP to defend the litigation. The firm will bill the county every 30 days for their services at a rate of $285 per hour for attorney fees and a cost of $260 per hour for the senior associate and $175 per hour for the paralegal.

During the June 13 meeting, the legislature also agreed to hire George Sansoucy, PE to perform as appraisal at a cost just shy of $1 million.  The costs will be shared by the taxing jurisdictions.

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County ordered to pay more money to JWJ Industries

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature approved the payment of $10,951 to JWJ Industries of New Haven last month.

The payment was ordered by Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy of the United States District Court Northern District of New York.

The payment is for legal fees incurred by the plaintiff, Jeffrey Holbrook, owner of JWJ Industries.

The county and the company have been in a legal battle since the legislature passed a flow control law in October 2008.

In 2011, the court ruled that Oswego County’s flow control law, mandating that all waste generated within the county be taken to a county owned facility, is unconstitutionally vague.

The court took issue with the flow control law for authorizing and encouraging arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement and ruled that it was unconstitutional for vagueness as written.

Holbook claimed his business declined by 25 percent since the law took effect Jan. 1, 2009.

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Protestors rally against treasurer appointment

by Carol Thompson

An informational picket in protest of the Oswego County Legislature’s appoint of former legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley to the position of county treasurer was held outside the county office complex Thursday as legislators met inside.

The protestors held signs as passing motorists slowed to read them and honked as they passed by the corner of East Second and Bridge streets.

Beardsley was named treasurer last month. For 90 minutes, legislators debated Beardsley’s qualifications and the lack of his answering any of his educational credentials.

“This appointment is not the people’s choice,” said protestor Judy Prosser of Hannibal. “It’s the choice of the Republican majority and was decided before the legislature even met.”

Prosser said those who supported Beardsley did so without knowing Beardsley’s qualifications.

“What are Mr. Beardsley’s qualifications for handling the finances of a multi-million dollar organization?” Prosser asked. “When this was asked on the floor (of the legislature) the response was that it was not a job interview. I beg to differ. The legislators were being asked to vote for an appointment without being given knowledge of the candidate’s qualifications for the job. That is just wrong.”

Protestors called for Beardsley to resign.

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Oswego County Legislature opposes early voting

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature passed a memorializing resolution in opposition of early voting.

During their meeting April 11, legislators opposed proposed state legislation that would establish early voting in primary, general and special elections.

Voting could take place up to 14 days prior to a general election and up to a week before a primary or special election, including Saturday and Sunday.

County legislators estimate the additional cost to be between $80,000 and $150,000 to local taxpayers. The resolution asks that counties be afforded the opportunity to opt-in, It also asks the state to bear the cost.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said election day is election day and residents can vote by absentee ballot. He added that early voting is skewing the voting system.

Legislator Terry Wilbur said they are encouraging people to get out and vote and to partake in the absentee policy. Wilbur said the state needs to take consideration of the cost.

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Barclay calls Hollywood gun amendment a ‘joke’

by Andrew Henderson

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the first amendment to the controversial NY SAFE Act last week. It was an amendment that Assemblyman Will Barclay called a “joke.”

The governor’s first amendment to the controversial gun-control legislation allows Hollywood productions to continue using the weapons banned by the legislation.

Barclay has expressed concern that the first amendment to this ill-conceived measure failed to address the restrictions banning law enforcement officers from entering school property as well as the legitimate concerns of law-abiding sportsmen and gun owners.

“(Last week), we saw nearly 10,000 law-abiding sportsmen, law enforcement officers and law-abiding gun owners rally together for their right to bear arms,” Barclay said about Thursday’s rally in Albany. “Rather than address their concerns and the many flaws in the NY SAFE Act, the governor has decided that the needs of Hollywood producers supersedes the needs of our residents and law enforcement officers.

“It’s more evident with each passing day that the NY SAFE Act needs to be repealed,” Barclay added. “I urge the governor to take action and eliminate this measure that does little to address the root causes of violence and illegal firearm use, while infringing on the constitutional right of all responsible New Yorkers.”

Recently, members of the Oswego County Legislature approved a resolution urging the state to repeal its recently adopted NY Safe Act.

Oswego County was one of 50 counties to have proposed or passed resolutions seeking its repeal.

The new law requires criminal background checks on the sale of ammunition, requires five-year renewals on pistol permits, and changes mental health reporting requirements.

Those mandates will be costly to the county, the legislators claim in their memorializing resolution. The legislation outlines a stricter definition of assault weapons and implements an immediate ban of defined assault weapons.

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County adopts resolution calling for repeal of gun law

by Andrew Henderson

By an unanimous vote, members of the Oswego County Legislature approved a resolution Thursday afternoon urging the state to repeal its recently adopted NY Safe Act.

The new law requires criminal background checks on the sale of ammunition, requires five-year renewals on pistol permits, and changes mental health reporting requirements. Those mandates will be costly to the county, the legislators claim in their memorializing resolution.

The legislation outlines a stricter definition of assault weapons and implements an immediate ban of defined assault weapons.

Three people from the public spoke about the issue during a public hearing. All three of them were against the gun-control law.

Rick McDermott, who said he was a representative “of many sportsman organizations throughout the state and county,” said he supports the repealing of the state law.

“The Constitution allows us the right to keep and bear arms for many more reasons than what was stated by the governor in his State of the State speech,” said McDermott. “It is not about hunting. It is not about target shooting. It is about defending our rights and a free America.”

McDermott said that many people do not realize that the New York Civil Rights Law reads almost identical to the Constitution. The New York Civil Rights Law includes the right to bear arms.

“The governor has violated the constitution of the state of New York,” he said. “It’s not about seven rounds in a gun or to deer hunt, it’s about our freedom and our right to protect ourselves.”

McDermott also noted that the gun-control law was passed “in the dark of the night.”

Following the approval of the legislation, the governor reportedly said, “I couldn’t wait for three days. I had to act while I had the votes,” McDermott relayed.

This maneuver reportedly violated New York’s constitution, which states that legislation must be available for three days before a vote is taken.

“The governor clearly thinks that he is above the constitution of this state,” McDermott said. “We the people need to address that with him.”

Sheriff Reuel Todd also spoke and said that as a citizen, he is a gun owner.

“The Constitution itself was not written in three days,” he said. “There is no reason overnight to trample it.”

The sheriff reminded the legislature and members of the public of the recent events in California where a “cop gone bad” had a shoot out with police.

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Oswego County Legislature committee seats named

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s standing committee seats have been named for 2013. The structure of some committees has been changed.

The newly created Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over the Board of Elections, Legislature Clerk, County Attorney, County Clerk, County Legislature, Real Property and Weights and Measures.

The chairman of the committee is Legislator Terry Wilbur. Legislator John Martino was named vice chairman. Members include legislators Shane Broadwell, David Holst, Jacob Mulcahey, James Oldenburg and Milferd Potter.

The committee meets on the Monday two weeks prior to the regular session of the legislature at 10 a.m.

The Economic Development and Planning Committee meets on the Monday two weeks prior to the regular session of the legislature at 2 p.m. The committee chairman is Legislator Louella LeClair and Broadwell will serve as vice chairman. Members include legislators Morris Sorbello, Shawn Doyle, Amy Tresidder, Dan LeClair and Wilbur.

Legislator Linda Lockwood will chair the Public Safety Committee and Legislator James Karasek will serve as vice chairman. The committee has jurisdiction over the office of the District Attorney, E-911, Emergency Management, Fire Coordinator, Probation and Sheriff’s Department.

Members include legislators Margaret Kastler, Dan LeClair, Mulchaey and Broadwell.

Meetings are held on the Tuesday two weeks prior to the regular session of the legislature at 10 a.m.

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Oswego County reapportionment meeting rescheduled for Friday

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will meet at 2 p.m. Friday to vote on the new legislative district lines.

The meeting will be held in legislature chambers on the fourth floor of the county government complex in Oswego.

The legislature has anticipated having a new plan passed by the end of the year.

A public hearing was held earlier this month with several residents speaking in opposition of the plan. The new lines will divide several towns, including the towns of Oswego and Volney. The Volney Town Board sent an opposing resolution to the legislature.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia has been a vocal opponent of the plan and has proposed his own plan, which he claims meets the legal requirements.

Farfaglia is a member of a reapportionment committee formed to draw the new lines. Legislator Dan Chalifoux serves as chairman of the committee.

When legislators decide on a final plan, the new lines will be represented in next year’s election.  At that time, all 25 seats will be on the ballot.