March 30, 2009
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
Dear Attorney General Cuomo,
Re: Erin Maxwell Case
As County Legislators of the Oswego County Legislature we have profound concerns over the latest news release by Dr. Dennis Mullaney,  a former ER physician at A.L. Lee Memorial over the released report by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
Clearly as a result of this newspaper report we are gravely troubled by the allegation that the Department of Social Services may not have acted in an acceptable manner and the state report may not have been as complete and extensive enough in its review of this case.
We therefore request a review from the New York State Attorney General’s Office over the latest allegations to insure the report from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services was done in a comprehensive enough manner to insure public confidence.
The safety of those children which do not have a voice must be our only priory. The public can not accept that we have done our job until they feel that we have completely and thoroughly reviewed this case.
Again, we ask for the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General to review the findings and report.
State releases report on Erin Maxwell case
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Social services commissioner Frances Lanigan was front and center Wednesday, facing a litany of questions from the media and county legislators during a special meeting with the county's health and human services committee.
At issue, a report about her department's handling of the Erin Maxwell case. The report is somewhat critical of the department, saying it could have gathered additional information from teachers, pediatricians and others who dealt with Erin on a daily basis. The report also states social services didn't correctly identify the relationship of Lynn Maxwell and Alan Jones to Erin during their first visit and allowed too much time to pass between home visits in 2006. The state agency suggests going forward that the department makes necessary changes in these areas.