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Legislators want state to halt mandates

by Carol Thompson

The large raise handed down by the state for Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes sparked a discussion in regard to unfunded state mandates that are strapping the county coffer.

During Monday’s meeting, the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee approved the salary increase for Oakes, which will jump from $119,800 annually to a minimum of $140,166, an increase of more than $20,000.

Legislator Doug Malone suggested that the legislature send a resolution to oppose the unfunded mandates because the raise was not budgeted.

County Administrator Phil Church said he could prepare a resolution for the next meeting that would address not only the issue of the raise, but other issues as well that impact the county budget due to unfunded mandates.

“As long as there’s enough teeth put into it,” Malone said.

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Legislators learn about proposed mandated costs

by Carol Thompson

As New York State passes more laws, it also passes on mandated costs to local governments. Oswego County Administrator Phil Church gave members of the Finance and Personnel Committee an update on the most recent proposals.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Church noted that a proposed law could change the way 16- and 17-year-olds are treated in the court system and by probation.  “The goal is to treat them differently rather than treating them in the adult sector,” he said.

If the change is approved, it will come at a cost of an additional $416,000 per year in the probation department, a cost that is bore by the taxpayers.

In addition, both the Senate and Assembly have proposed a bill that would require those convicted of animal abuse to register with local law enforcement. The registry would be similar to the sex offender registry currently in place.

“It will be up to local law enforcement to maintain that registry,” Church said, adding that he does not anticipate funding from the state for such project.

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Legislators work toward equity in lease agreements

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County officials are reviewing the lease agreements between public and private agencies and the county.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, County Administrator Phil Church gave legislators an update.

The abstracting companies that were on a letter agreement from month to month will be moved to leases, Church said. “That will be all up to date,” he noted.

He added that other lease agreements are being updated.

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County data imaging contract proposals to be reviewed soon

by Carol Thompson

Without a contract for nearly a year and a half, the review process for selecting a vendor to provide data imaging services for the Oswego County clerk’s office is expected to be underway in the near future.

A committee will be selected soon, Legislator Terry Wilbur told members of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee when they met Wednesday.

An update on the progress of the request for proposals was on the agenda, however, due to the absence of County Administrator Phil Church, Wilbur said he had only a brief update.

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Oswego County Legislature debates wind power…again

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature debated wind power once again when they met Thursday evening.

County Administrator Phil Church addressed the topic, explaining that New York is among the five Great Lakes states that recently reached a deal with the Obama administration to streamline the development of offshore wind turbines.

Church told legislators that he was trying to get more information. The legislature had previously passed a resolution in opposition of offshore wind farms.

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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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Oswego County legislators debate FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee held a lengthy debate Monday on the Freedom of Information Law and whether sitting legislators should be required to make a written request for records and information.

The committee had before them a 1998 opinion from New York State Committee on Open Government Director Robert Freeman, which referred to a former legislator seeking records.

Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if it was the most recent opinion.  County Administrator Phil Church said that the county attorney had obtained the opinion. He suggested Freeman be contacted to determine if there is a more recent opinions.
Court cases have changed the outcome of some of the older opinions.

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Oswego County legislators uncomfortable with data imaging RFP process

by Carol Thompson

The question of whether the request for proposal process is being handled properly by Oswego County officials is expected to be answered by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The county solicited RFP’s for data imaging services with the responses due Friday. They were not publicly opened as some legislators said they feel should have been.

“I am not comfortable with this,” Legislator Amy Tresidder said. “There is no transparency and no accountability to the public.”

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