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Oswego County legislators consider giving support to full casino gaming

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will consider a resolution in support of full casino gaming when lawmakers meets tonight.

The resolution would be sent to state officials, who are considering a change to the state constitution to allow gaming at New York State facilities.

During last month’s meeting of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee, representatives of the Western New York Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation made a presentation on the benefits of gambling.

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Composition of Oswego County Ethics Board slated for discussion

by Carol Thompson

The recent events in regard to an apparent ethics board leak has led to the discussion as to whether the composition of the board needs revamping.

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee will discuss the board when legislators meet April 23.

In the meantime, some legislators are gathering information from other counties as to the number of members they appoint to their boards and the composition of the membership.

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Attorney fees awarded to plaintiff in Oswego County Flow Control lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

The United States District Court District of New York has placed a judgment on attorney’s fees in a civil case against the County of Oswego.

The full legislature has been asked to approve the transfer of $65,214 from the appropriated fund balance to the insurance reserve.

The court ordered the county to pay the attorney fees for Jeff Holbrook, who sued over the Flow  Control law. The judgment is dated March 23. The United States District Court in Syracuse struck down Oswego County’s Flow Control Law earlier last summer as unconstitutionally vague.

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Valley Viewpoint: Committed people

by Amy Tresidder of Oswego

Congratulations to the citizens of Oswego that took the time and effort to carry petitions and present them to the Oswego County Legislature regarding the removal of synthetic marijuana from store shelves.

Margaret Mead said. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

It was the effort of these citizens that made the difference. Thank You.

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Other counties don’t require legislators to fill out FOILs

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County legislators are required to make a written request for the documents that they are the legal custodians of — and it has sparked a debate as to whether they should be exempt from having to follow the same procedure as the public in acquiring records.

In other counties around the state, legislators have access to records without written requests or wait.

The requests, known more commonly as a FOIL request, the acronym for Freedom of Information Law, are required to obtain public documents from government agencies.  Requests can be made in writing by e-mail, hard copy or by using a form provided by the agency.

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Oswego County legislators seek probe into leak

by Carol Thompson

New information was provided during Monday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee regarding an ethics complaint that was reportedly leaked to the press.

Last year, a complaint was filed by former legislature chairman Barry Leemann against Legislator Shawn Doyle. Doyle said he was contacted by a reporter prior to being notified that a complaint was filed against him.

Doyle added that he immediately contacted County Attorney Richard Mitchell and inquired who might have tipped off the press. Mitchell, Doyle said, told him that the packets had yet to leave his office when he contacted him within five minutes of his call from the reporter.

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Oswego County DSS building update to be held today

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee meets today, an update will be presented in regard to the Department of Socials Services building.

Last week, county officials advised the public that low levels of asbestos have been found in ceiling tiles in the older section of the DSS building.

They added that the tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved.

The county contracted with an environmental testing firm to conduct air quality monitoring and test ceiling tiles for asbestos at the DSS building based upon an employee’s concern.

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Oswego County legislator seeks additional government transparency

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee will discuss transparency in county government during a meeting to be held Monday.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler requested that the issue be added to the agenda for discussion.

One issue Kunzwiler is seeking to address is the fact that legislators are required to fill out a Freedom of Information form to request county records.

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