OSWEGO – Oswego County Legislator James Karasek (District 22, Granby) was recently named to the New York State Association of Counties’ standing committee on Public Health and Mental Health.
NYSAC 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.
“NYSAC standing committees are critical to developing the advocacy efforts of the association. Standing committee members submit, debate, and adopt the resolutions that become NYSAC’s annual legislative platform for working with our state and federal representatives in Albany and Washington respectively,” said Maggie Brooks, NYSAC president.
Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner (District 13, New Haven), noted that members of the Oswego County Legislature have a long history of service to the NYSAC organization.
“Legislator Karasek is one of several county legislators and department heads who serve on NYSAC standing committees,” said Gardner. “They provide many hours of time and expertise for the benefit of county government taxpayers and agencies across New York State.”
“The Public Health and Mental Health Committee discusses health issues such as the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis across central and northern New York State, restoration of state funding for mental health programs to county governments, and other policy matters on behalf of New York State residents,” said Legislator Karasek.
Oswego County legislators currently serving on NYSAC standing committees include Shawn Doyle (District 3, Pulaski) vice chairman of the Transportation Committee and member of the Inter-Governmental Relations and General Government Committee; Margaret Kastler (District 1, Sandy Creek) member of the Economic Development, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and Public Safety Committee; and Terry Wilbur (District 21, Hannibal) member of the Agriculture Committee and Resolutions Committee.
Legislator Karasek is also a member of NYSAC’s standing committee on Children with Special Needs.
Oswego County E-911 Program Director Michael Allen is a member of the Public Safety Committee and County Administrator Philip Church is a member of the Resolutions Committee and the Tax and Finance Committee.
For additional information on NYSAC programs, visit www.nysac.org