Monday, March 26, 2012

Democrat legislators call for probe of ethics leak

If there are no answers as to who leaked an ethics complaint filed against Legislator Shawn Doyle when the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will request an investigation.

“This taints the integrity of the process,” Kunzwiler said Tuesday. “If only five people were in possession of the complaint, how hard can it be to determine how it got out?”

Late last year, then-legislature chairman Barry Leemann filed an ethics complaint against Doyle alleging the legislator may be misusing office space at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

Doyle is the Town of Richland historian and the town rents office space from the county. Other town officials use the small space earmarked for history, including the supervisor.

Leemann said the complaint wasn’t actually his own, but rather an action he took on behalf of several Republican legislators, none of whom he would name.

Leemann did, however, premonish to others, including Kunzwiler, the name of one legislator whom he alleged was pressuring him to file the complaint.

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