Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee Held Illegal Executive Session...?

The Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee may have held an illegal executive session Wednesday when they immediately went behind closed doors to discuss the third request for proposals for data management services for the office of the County Clerk.
Legislator Terry Wilbur, who serves as chairman of the committee, asked for a motion to enter executive session.
Legislator Doug Malone objected, asking why the committee was entering executive session.

“What’s this about?” he asked.

Robert Freeman, who serves as the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, said the committee cannot enter into executive session under the presumption that someone is going to have a legal question.

Mitchell said the executive session was so that legislators could ask legal questions and to provide a synopsis of the laws that apply to RFP’s and answer any questions in regard to the same.


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