Minority Point of View
Accountability to the taxpayers is paramount. As elected officials, we are the guardians of your money and it’s the job of each Oswego County Legislator to ensure you are getting the most out of your hard-earned dollars.
In February, the county treasurer resigned, creating a vacancy that the Republicans believe they have the right to fill by appointment. Of course, this has nothing to do with the taxpayers; it has only to do with advancing one of their own political cronies.
A county treasurer is responsible for the tens of millions of dollars collected and disbursed each year. The county budget is nearly $200 million.
Don’t you think the Republican majority would want to put the most experienced and best qualified person into a position of such fiscal responsibility? Of course not.
The Finance and Personnel Committee, the committee charged with ensuring your money is being spent with the utmost fiscal responsibility, refused to consider the appointment of the county’s chief accountant, Mark See.
After all, why would the Republicans want to appoint someone who graduated from college cum laude, who is a certified public accountant, and who is willing to do the job for a mere one additional hour in salary per day?
No, the Republican majority chose to squander your tax dollars to continue with the political patronage that they have mastered.
Wouldn’t you, the taxpayer, like to know Fred Beardsley’s education and qualifications?
Legislator Doug Malone thought the public might want to know, so he asked the question at the Finance and Personnel Committee meeting. Not only did Beardsley refuse to answer the question, he took offense.
So what is his experience? He said he has 28 years in government.
Beardsley’s government experience is well documented. Just call or write the New York State Comptroller’s office and request a copy of the Town of Hastings audits from when Beardsley served as supervisor.
“The town spent more than $18,000 between April 1998 and March 1999 at Supervisor Fred Beardsley’s store, according to the state comptroller’s audit. “During 1993 and 1994, claims totaling $3,206 and $3,522 were submitted by and approved for payment to a business owned by Supervisor Fred Beardsley, according to a report by the state comptroller’s office.
This is who the Republican majority wants to put in charge of your money. Someone who won’t even answer the question of whether he graduated from high school.
Don’t you feel you, as a taxpayer, deserve to know Beardsley’s education and qualifications? Don’t you feel the Republican legislators owe you an explanation as to why they aren’t willing to save you $70,000 this year by appointing someone who is so devoted to his job and the taxpayers that he’s willing to accept the responsibility and do the job for token pay?
Call your legislator and ask these important questions.
Perhaps you, unlike Legislator Malone, will get an answer.
Michael Kunzwiler, Dan Farfaglia, Doug Malone, Jacob Mulcahey, Amy Tresidder