Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Public can comment on legislative district lines tomorrow

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed legislative district lines when the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow.

A public hearing will be held prior to the start of the regular session. The boundary lines for the 25 legislative districts have been redrawn to comply with the law that requires each legislator to have equal representation.

The proposed maps have been shrouded in controversy primarily because some towns were sharply divided and will be represented by three or more legislators.

The Town of Volney, now represented by one legislator, will have three representatives under the proposal. The town board has sent a letter and a resolution to the county in opposition of the division.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia, who has spent many hours revising the maps, claims that the county is not following the laws in regard to reapportionment.

Members of a special committee formed to work on the reapportionment would not entertain his version of the maps.

At the last meeting of the legislature, Farfaglia handed out a copy of the law that included the guidelines to be followed. He argued that each requirement must be followed while county officials said they are not required to follow each of the listed laws.


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