OSWEGO, NY – With a new year there also come new beginnings and fresh starts. As of Jan. 2, the opposition in the Oswego County Legislature has undergone some changes, according to a statement by its members.
The Democratic Caucus has been re-named the Independent Reform Caucus or IRC for short.
This change was needed to reflect that not all of its members hail from the same political affiliation.
The five incumbent Democrats that have returned will be joined by two more member of their party who were elected last fall.
Now that the race for the District 12 seat in parts of Schroeppel and Hastings has been settled, newly elected Legislator Richard Kline, a registered Republican, has announced that he will be allying himself with the seven Democrats in the minority.
The goal of this bi-partisan coalition caucus is to put people before politics by working to provide services to the people of Oswego County in a cost effective manner. To be diligent regarding the legalities of the business before the legislature and to work cooperatively with all interested parties to create a budget that is indicative of these priorities.
The IRC will work to earn the trust of the people of Oswego County by maintaining an open dialogue, continuing to ask tough questions and making the difficult decisions required of legislators.
In addition to Legislator Kline, returning to their roles in the minority caucus are Democratic legislators Mike Kunzweiler (parts of Oswego city, Scriba and Volney), Doug Malone (part of Oswego Town), Amy Tresidder (parts of Oswego city and Oswego Town), Jake Mulcahey (part of Oswego city), and Dan Farfaglia (parts of Fulton, Granby, Minetto and Oswego Town).
Joining them this year will be Marie Schadt (parts of Oswego Town, Minetto and Oswego city) and Frank Castiglia (part of Fulton).
Oswego County Legislature Elects Its Leaders For 2014
On Jan. 2, the Oswego County Legislature got its house in order for 2014, and it looks quite similar to 2013.
Kevin Gardner was re-elected as the chairman of the Oswego County Legislature.
Fellow Republican Linda Lockwood was elected vice chairman; taking over the role from Terry Wilbur.
Both votes went according to party lines.
The Democrat nominations were Amy Tresidder for chair and Dan Farfaglia as vice chair.
“Amy has the propensity to be able to be a true leader in this legislature,” said Mike Kunzwiler in his nomination. “She has the respect of her peers.”
Wendy Falls was unanimously re-elected at clerk of the legislature.
Phil Church was approved as county administrator and Richard Mitchell as county attorney.
The legislators also approved reappointing the various department heads including newcomers: Dan Stevens, purchasing director (replacing the retired Fred Maxon); Dale Currier, director of emergency management (replacing the retired Pat Egan); Sara Sunday, aging services administrator (replacing the retired Larry Schmidt); and Brian Chetney, director of the Youth Bureau (replacing the retired Kathy Fenlon).
The Republicans named Wilbur as majority leader.
Milferd Potter is the majority whip for 2014.
Things stayed the same on the other side of the aisle with Kunzwiler and Malone retaining the positions of minority leader and minority whip, respectively.
The legislature’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on February 13, in the Legislative Chambers in the County Office Building at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.