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September 24, 2018

Political Posturing!


To The Editor:
Political Posturing definition: Taking a position on an issue strictly because it is politically advantageous to do so.

For example, being against something solely because the other side is in favor of it.

This past Oswego County Legislative meeting saw me being accused of Political Posturing. This is the second time in three years that I have been accused of this by the Chairman of the Legislature.

This time as the last time it was because I brought an alternative idea to the floor that was against a resolution that was being presented for passage by the legislative body.

Each time the Chairman made mention that if anyone had an idea they should bring it to the majority caucus for consideration prior to the full legislative meeting.

Instead of engaging in Political Posturing.

I must mention that the idea this time was presented to the Majority Leader prior to the legislative meeting.

It was an idea that meant taking money out of 3 legislative accounts instead of asking the youth of Oswego County and their parents to come up with more money.

Presenting an idea that would mean less cost to the public is what I was doing.

Every one of my ideas is in favor of less cost to the taxpayers.

Again Political Posturing definition: Taking a position on an issue strictly because it is politically advantageous to do so.

For example, being against something solely because the other side is in favor of it.

Now you tell me how what I do is consider Political Posturing.

If there is any Political Posturing being done on the legislative floor it is by the majority caucus as a whole.

Whenever an idea that makes sense is brought to the legislative floor by the minority caucus or one of its members it is block voted against by the majority caucus.

The biggest example of Political Posturing occurred on October 25 during the Public Safety Committee meeting.

During that meeting budget adjustments were being presented by a member of the minority caucus to the committee and department heads.

One department head was asked if they were able to accept the proposed adjustments.

The department head said “Yes.”

With that acceptance the adjustments were put to a vote.

The minority caucus voted in favor of accepting the adjustments.

The majority caucus all voted against.

The motion failed.

So adjustments to a budget that were OK with the department head and in line to save the taxpayers money was voted down by the majority caucus.

Again Political Posturing definition: Taking a position on an issue strictly because it is politically advantageous to do so.

For example, being against something solely because the other side is in favor of it.

Now you tell me how what I do is consider Political Posturing.

I guess that if you are in favor of saving the taxpayers money and not increasing fees it is considered Political Posturing.

Sad that the Chairman thinks working for the taxpayers is considered Political Posturing.

Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr.

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