The large raise handed down by the state for Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes sparked a discussion in regard to unfunded state mandates that are strapping the county coffer.
During Monday’s meeting, the legislature’s Strategic Planning and
Government Committee approved the salary increase for Oakes, which will
jump from $119,800 annually to a minimum of $140,166, an increase of
more than $20,000.
Legislator Doug Malone suggested that the legislature send a
resolution to oppose the unfunded mandates because the raise was not
County Administrator Phil Church said he could prepare a resolution
for the next meeting that would address not only the issue of the raise,
but other issues as well that impact the county budget due to unfunded
“As long as there’s enough teeth put into it,” Malone said.