Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Five Oswego County legislators don't sign oath of office, must run again in fall

Five Oswego County legislators who failed to fill out a required oath of office form will now have to run for reelection this fall despite being elected to a two-year term last November.

All elected county officials must sign an oath of office card by February 1, but several members, Margaret Kastler of Lacona, Milferd Potter of Pulaski, Shawn Doyle of Pulaski, Robert Hayes of Phoenix and Jim Karasek of Fulton, failed to submit the form in time. Karasek said he was preoccupied dealing with a medical issue.

"Obviously our focus was on doctor’s appointments, medications," Karasek said. "It simply was something that got set aside and forgot until the last minute and the last minute was too late."

The legislators, all of whom were incumbents, will represent the districts they won last November as appointed members. Fulton Legislator Dan Farfaglia said the situation reflects poorly on the county.

"It makes this body look negligent in addition to all of the problems we already have so it’s just embarrassing, it really is," Farfaglia said.

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