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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

New York News: March 24, 2012

Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

by Andrew Henderson

A bill that would help Oswego County and its inmate crunch at the Oswego County Correctional Facility has been approved by a key Senate committee this week, said state Senator Patty Ritchie.

The New York State Senate’s Crime and Corrections Committee approved the bill, S.5498, which would require payment to the counties for any state inmates who are held in a county jail beyond 10 days.

“Taxpayers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are being forced to foot the bill for inmates who are being held in county jails, but who really belong in state lock-ups,” Ritchie said.

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Democrat legislators call for probe of ethics leak

by Carol Thompson

If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.

“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”

Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

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Oswego County Legislature chairman calls on Senator Patty Ritchie to take action

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley has sent a letter to state Senator Patty Ritchie urging her and her colleagues to accelerate the governor’s Medicaid mandate relief.

In a letter dated March 12, Beardsley wrote, “In the next several days, as you prepare to vote for your state budget, please know that Oswego County property taxpayers are relying on you to enact this mandate relief.”

Beardsley outlined four mandate relief proposals included in the governor’s budget. They are early intervention reform, preschool special education reform, pension reform and a freeze on the local share of Medicaid costs.

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Democrats seek change in Oswego County Legislature meeting times

by Carol Thompson

A change in the Oswego County Legislature’s Rules and Order of Business led to a discussion about changing the meeting time to provide more public accessibility.

During Thursday’s meeting of the legislature, Legislator Jake Mulcahey brought forth a motion to move the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. so that more members of the public can attend.

The discussion surfaced when legislators brought forth a motion to waive the rules to allow for a change in the Rules and Order of Business.

The legislature can only make changes in odd years, hence, the waiver was required.

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Oswego County Legislator Jim Karasek appointed to NYSAC Advisory Committee

Oswego County Legislator James Karasek has been named to the New York State Association of Counties standing committee on Children with Special Needs.
An advocate for those with disabilities, Karasek is employed as manager for independent living services for Oswego ARISE.

“Your participation on this committee assists the association in developing priorities for our ongoing advocacy efforts,” NYSAC President Mary Pat Hancock said in announcing Karasek’s appointment.

The New York State Association of Counties represents, educates, and advocates for county governments and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public across New York State.

NYSAC’s standing committees are essential in the development of the series of resolutions that go before the full county delegation and become the basis of NYSAC’s legislative program for the year.

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Oswego County Legislature approves $200,000 transfer for inmates costs

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.

The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”

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County legislators to consider more money for jail

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department has requested a budget transfer of $200,000 to address ongoing housing problems at the Oswego County jail.

The correctional facility has exceeded its capacity.

The legislature will consider the request at tomorrow’s meeting.

Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd had requested $600,000 to address the problem, however, County Administrator Phil Church recommended the $200,000 amount. Todd will return to the legislature for more funds when needed.

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New restaurant opens at Oswego County Airport

Operation Oswego County Director L. Michael Treadwell reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee that there is a new restaurant at the Oswego County Airport.

Puddle Jumpers opened Thursday, March 1 at the facility on County Route 176.

“The Oswego County Airport is a vital gateway for Oswego County,” said Legislator Louella LeClair, chairwoman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee. “By making the most of this significant asset, we will attract more recreational flight pilots as well as encourage more business travel to our county.”

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