Saturday, February 25, 2012

Problems surface in Oswego County Family Court

The Oswego County Legislature met with school superintendents and representatives from the Social Services and Probation departments to discuss alleged problems with Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager.

A special meeting was held Tuesday behind closed doors. Legislators said after the meeting that they were given permission to only speak about two court appeals filed against decisions rendered by Seager.

“I was sick to my stomach to hear realistically we haven’t progressed since Erin Maxwell,” Legislator Doug Malone said. Maxwell is the 11-year-old girl who, upon her death, was found to be living in “deplorable” conditions.

The county DSS came under fire in the Maxwell case but this time, it’s Seager who is under fire.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle described the situation as serious and one that will not turn political.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he, too, felt sick to his stomach when he listened to some of the allegations made at the meeting.

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