To the Editor:

In the early 1970’s a Senior State Police Investigator told me that “With the exception of Albany, Oswego is the most politically corrupt city in the State of New York.” Yes, even before the Gosek Administration tainted Oswego’s reputation there was corruption; does it continue?

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines corruption as: impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle… and one who practices or defends corruption esp. in politics as a corruptionist.

Recently the New York State Civil Service Commission reviewed the City of Oswego’s compliance with the Civil Service Law and Rules for 2005-2008; it scored a low 64 out of 100. To view the complete report: Appointment Process Administration by the City of Oswego Civil Service Commission log on their website: www.cs.state.ny.us/pio/pressrel/oswego.cfm.

Prior to the Commission’s review an individual, in order to facilitate his hiring, knowingly falsified information on his Civil Service application. The end of the application contained the following declaration: I declare, subject to the penalties of perjury, that the statements made in this application (including statements made in any accompanying papers) have been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief are true and correct. The declaration was signed by the applicant knowing that false information was contained in the document.

When Randy Bateman became mayor it was believed that he would bring integrity to the administration of city affairs. However, he re-appointed the high paid city official who misrepresented his application.


George M. Clark