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.
The Youth Advocate Program, located at 616 Oneida St., Fulton, is in the business of keeping kids and families together at home.
YAP, an alternative to a placement program, is a contracted service by the Department of Social Services. Families are referred to YAP off the DSS case load and work with a wide range of situations throughout Oswego County.
Most of YAP’s cases are either school-related issues, parenting or the parent-child relationship.
“The county has different things that they can do with kids who are at-risk of residential placement,” said David Canfield, Oswego County director of YAP. “We don’t have the stigma that a lot of times DSS walks in with. DSS recognizes that they don’t have the resources with families that YAP can have. We’re here to work closely with DSS to help them do their jobs better, easier.”
The Franklin County District Attorney has concluded that there is no “provable criminal conduct committed by any employee or county official of Essex County,” however, does go on to state that the report has been forwarded to the Essex County Ethics Board and the state Attorney General for review.
An investigation into the bidding procedure in Essex County in regard to a data imaging contract was the subject of Franklin County DA Derek Champagne’s investigation.
The investigation focused on e-mail correspondence between Essex County Deputy Clerk Janet Cross and Joe Murman of Info Quick Solutions, Inc. (IQS) of Liverpool.
The company does business with the Oswego County Clerk’s office and has been embroiled in controversy for over a year.
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.
The lines have been drawn and re-drawn and, as of Friday, Oswego County will be divided into two Congressional districts.
The most recent plan is most likely the final.
Oswego County Republican Chairman Mike Backus said the county Republican committee endorsed Ann Marie Buerkle and Richard Hanna at a meeting held Thursday evening. “It looks to be final,” Backus said of the county’s two new districts.
U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann made some changes to the original map she had submitted but her new lines left Central New York unchanged
Oswego County E-911 Director Michael Allen recently reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee that work on the county’s new radio tower project is on course.
“We are continuing to optimize radio equipment and finalize an emergency channel plan,” said Allen. “We are also working out the training component. Motorola will train our trainers who will go on to train others in the field.”
Oswego County Solid Waste Director Frank Visser presented the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee with the civil penalty fee schedule recommended by the county’s Solid Waste Management Board.
During the Feb. 28 meeting, Visser said the penalties are intended to simplify the enforcement procedures for violation of the law. They are used as a last resort method to being perpetrators in compliance.
Those found in violation of using a residential transfer station sticker for business waste can receive a fine of $100 for the first offense and a $500 for a recurrent offense.
Multiple household use of a residential sticker can result in a $50 fine for the first offense and $150 for a recurrent offense.