Thursday, June 6, 2013

State attorney general’s office evaluating treasurer appointment

After filing a quo warrento with the office of the New York State Attorney General in regard to the Oswego County Legislature’s appointment of Fred Beardsley as county treasurer, Legislator Dan Farfaglia has heard back that the matter is being entertained.

“The Attorney General’s office called to tell me they received it and that’s it’s now with the Public Integrity Unit,” Farfaglia said.

Under quo warrento, anyone who participates in putting someone in office who isn’t legally entitled to hold office can be fined $2,000.

Beardsley was appointed to the position by the county legislature April 11.
For 90 minutes, legislators debated the appointment, questioning Beardsley’s qualifications and education.

Democrats proposed allowing the county’s chief accountant, Mark See, carry out the duties of the treasurer until the end of the year.

See said he would only request an additional five hours of pay per week, saving the county approximately $70,000 in salary and benefits. POST

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