Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Democrat lawmakers expressed concerns if the reapportionment plan is legal

In a lengthy and sometime heated debate, the Oswego County Legislature approved a resolution to set a public hearing on the reapportionment plan during Thursday’s meeting.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia was the first to question the legality of the process used to redraw the lines for the 25 legislative districts. He has continually done so since the first maps were released.

“The proposed plan largely ignores the Municipal Home Rule Law about splitting towns less than 5,372,” Farfaglia said. “Clearly, the intent of the law is to ensure that community interests are represented in the legislature but the proposed plan doesn’t do that. It breaks up towns and communities into pieces and attaches them to unrelated communities, towns and cities.”

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked County Attorney Richard Mitchell if the county’s plan is legal and would hold up to a court challenge.  POST

Reapportionment MHR

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