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Oswego County FOIL discussion tabled

by Carol Thompson

A discussion in regard to changes in Oswego County’s Freedom of Information Law policy was tabled with little discussion by the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee.

During Monday’s meeting, Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if a draft policy could be presented to New York State Committee on Open Government Committee Director Robert Freeman for an opinion.

“It would just make sense,” Doyle said.

The committee approved tabling discussion of the policy until Freeman reviewed it.
Majority Leader Jack Proud said that he wanted to remind the committee of the concept of local control.

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Oswego County Legislature Clerk polled other counties on FOIL policies

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said that she polled other counties in regard to their Freedom of Information Law policies through a list service provided by the New York State Association of Counties.

At issue is whether Oswego County legislators should be required to request in writing and pay for copies of records they need to perform their official duties.

As an example, Legislator Shawn Doyle questioned why, prior to a contract vote, he would need to put a request in writing to review the contract he was expected to vote on and why he would need to request in writing the previous contract held by the vendor.

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Oswego County Ethics Board dismisses charges against legislator

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Ethics Board unanimously dismissed a complaint lodged against Legislator Shawn Doyle by former legislature Chairman Barry Leemann.

The charges stemmed from the Town of Richland’s decision to house the town historian’s office in the Pulaski Courthouse, which is owned by the county.

Doyle, the town’s historian, and other town officials utilize a small office located in the upper level of the courthouse. The town also occupies space in the lower level for departmental offices.

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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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Ethics leak probe now in hands of Oswego County district attorney

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said Thursday that he will begin to gather information in regard to an ethics board leak that occurred late last year.

“At this point, I’m trying to gather information,” Oakes said.

He added that he will speak with the person who complained to get more background information.

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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 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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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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