Approximately ten Oswego County residents are taking the County of Oswego to court over the manner in which new legislative district lines were drawn.
Buffalo-based attorney Frank Housh said Wednesday that the lawsuit is
expected to be filed within the next few weeks. He noted that he is
waiting for the final district lines to be drawn by the county Board of
Elections so that the paperwork can be filed.
“There is no question in my mind that the redistricting itself failed to meet the legal requirements,” Housh said.
Among the allegations are that the county failed to take into
consideration the formula accounting for prisoners and that there are
towns that were split that should not have been.
“Those are the first two issues that we believe are illegal,” he said.
The third cause of action is related to the manner in which the
Republican majority proceeded with re-drawing the district lines. Housh
alleged that the county legislature used a “blatantly political modus
process to marginalize the Democrats. The way they did it was to deny or
ignore all public comment.”
The reapportionment has been a controversial issue since the maps
were passed late last year. Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley
established a committee to complete the reapportionment maps. Legislator
Dan Farfaglia, a member of the committee, frequently complained that
his input was not taken.
The lawsuit will allege that Beardsley and the Republican majority
gerrymandered the districts to the disadvantage of the Democrat