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Teacher-candidate disputes ^jonfMet law

By STEVE COLLINS State law and the county attorney say Republican James Moochler, candidate for the county Legislature from Owasco, can't be a county legislator and teach at Cayuga Community College. But Moochler, an adjunct instructor in the police science program at the college, says he doesn't see any conflict of interest and intends to be both legislator and teacher if he is elected. Moochler is running against incumbent Democrat Paul Sedor for the 7th District seat. Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 3. Moochler said Monday he is a part-time teacher at the college, not involved in any contract negotiations and with no vote on the faculty, and cannot foresee a situation where a conflict could arise. He said that if he had reason to think a conflict might exist on a particular resolution in the Legislature, he would not vote on it. * The law, in the form of a January 1975 * opinion of the state attorney general, says, "A county legislator may not be employed on the teaching staff of a county-sponsored community college located within that county." Cayuga County sponsors CCC. County attorney Raymond Sant said Monday he informed Moochler of the law some time ago. Moochler says that in other counties in the state, there are legislators on the faculty of county-sponsored community colleges. He says there is no reason they should not be there. He said that if he is confronted with the choice of remaining on the Lgislature or continuing to teach at the college, he will decide then what to do. He said he strongly doubts he will ever have to choose. In August, Moochler said his part-time teaching post would have little or no effect on his ability to represent the district. . He said that as long as he did not vote on anything from which he might gain some economic or other advantage, which he vowed he would never do, there would be no conflict of interest. There have been persistent rumors that Moochler would step aside if he is elected so another Republican could be appointed to the seat. Moochler denies vehemently that he would do any such thing. He told a Conservative Party gathering this month that these rumors were "absolutely untrue" and he would not be working so hard to get elected just to turn the seat over to someone else. Moochler, 60, retired from the state police in 1979 with the rank of major after 30 years of service. He said he teaches from one to four courses each semester, depending on demand. i. __ Not surprisingly, Moochler supports the college generally. In July, when Moochler successfully approached the Conservatives for their endorsement, he told them, "Everyone's worried about sending money to the college, but for what we get back, it's worth it. 1 have seen many of our young students go out and find good employment, contributing to the county because of the college." Legislators earn $5,500 annually and serve two-year terms.

New school would end overcrowding

Continued from Page 1 LaVallee said he agrees there is a need for more space, and the new middle school would take care of that need. He does not support the renovations of the three existing buildings because he says the tax load would be too great on residents. . Taxpayers of the district would pay 28 percent of the cost of the project, with the state covering the rest. If the project is approved, district taxpayers will see an average increase in their school taxes of about $100 a year, with that amount decreasing annually 650 students in these grades. Cost of the new school has been established at $8 million $7.7 million of which would come from the state. By moving the 7th and 8th grades to the new middle school, the district would alleviate overcrowding at the high school. Renovations aT theTiIgh-schoolwill cost $1.2 million. Overcrowding has forced the teaching of classes in the c a f e t e r i a ; the school psychologist to locate in a storage room and certain counselors to work in hall corridors. The state has condemned the
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The cost to taxpayers would net be felt for two years, with borrowing by the district taking place in 1988 and repayment beginning in 1989, according to Gene Gruber, administrative assistant for the district. Gruber said the-district would bond for the money for 30 years, make annual payments and then receive state aid on those payments made. Before renovations oi me existing buildings begin, asbestos removal work must be done. Cost for the asbestos work is estimated at$512,000 and is included in the total cost of the project. Construction of the new middle school would begin in the spring of 1988 and completed by fall 1989. Building renovations would begin in the summer of 1989 and completed in 1990. If the project is voted down, the board can schedule a vote on a revised proposal 45 days after Wednesday's poll. The multi-million dollar project includes a new middle school for grades five-eight that would be built adjacent to the Ramsdell Elernentary school. The new school would handle the projected enrollment of

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About 40people attended the county candidates forum.

County candidates express their views

Continued from Page 1. ~ "you're looking for a change, Edward Johnson, a Democratic Cayuga County has been Renewcomer to politics, said therepublican for 130 years maybeare two major issues: putting a that's where the change should recycling program into place as a be." Both candidates promised to way to deal with the solid waste problem and doing more for battle to Keep uwasco Lake pristine, to back new enterprises, agriculture. Palega pointed at his perfecthuge industry that will save us." Johnson said he is "mad and to push the state and federal District 21 (Auburn) - Deattendance record at Legislature because our Number 1 industry is governments to fix the crumbling mocrat Thomas Netti and Resessions and committee meetings Owasco seawall. being short-changed.'' publican incumbent Christopher as one reason voters should District 9 (Sempronius, District S (Montezuma, re-elect him. He said he is DeAngelis presented different Aurelius, Throop) - Only one of Summerhill, Locke and Genoa) "committed to all the necessary priorities. three candidates for the seat Christopher Atwood, the young services, while continuing to keep Netti said, "My first obligation Democratic challenger to appeared. taxes as low as possible." is to take care of the West End, to Republican Paul Pinckney, a Legislator C. Kenneth "Bud" Lewandowski stressed the need get it cleaned up and keep it farmer, said, "I'm young and Beyea, R-Genoa, appeared alone. for greater cooperation among clean." He said "a failure of vision" willing and concerned for the local institutions trying to attract future of the county." He vowed has left the county backward, DeAngelis said. "I'm a young business to the area." He said an to work hard to break down particularly nis "most depressed man with a serious interest in airport would help the airport, communication barriers between and least populated corner" of government." -He said his though it should start out small. the county. the county, city and towns. vigilance had saved the taxPalega promised to introduce a He opposes a county airport Atwood said Beyea "has compayers money and that he had resolution appointing a county and agrees garbage is becoming pletely ignored the four towns he ^successfully helped many con-Board of Ethics, which hasa big problem that will need great is responsible for and has never stituents resolve problems at City existed only on paper for 17 attention. attended a town meeting since he Hall. years. got appointed to the Legislature." Incumbent George Steigerwald, Both Netti. and DeAngelis District 16 (Auburn) - Both D-Aurelius, and Conservative Atwood said he would compromised to fight to get the city .candidates seeking to take the William Jones missed the forum. - municate with the district seat of retiring Democratic ""a fair share** of the county sates District 7 (Owasco) - In this He also vowed "to address tax receipts. Legislator Robert Schneider rematch of a tight 1985 race issues that should have been pressed their views. -legislatorseaca$5,500 anbetween incumbent Democrat ~addres! to mover. Republican Gerald Sincebaugh nually and serve two-year terms. Paul Sedor and Republican- forward with vision." said the county needs a master Conservative James Moochler, He cited the county airport and development plan, an ideal plan both candidates poured forth county manager as two issues for growth based on realistic that should be laidtorest. their views. assessments of how the county District 15 (Auburn) - InMoochler said, "It's time for a wants to develop. He said more cumbent Republican Chester change. Change is needed. I industry and enterprise needs to haven't noticed any change since Palega and challenger Henry be wooedtothe county. Lewandowski, who has backing my first loss, so I'm back again." Democrat James Dacey said . Sedor responded that Owasco is from the Democrats, Conbringing in new industry would "doing fine" and no change is servatives and the Right-to-Life improve the county's economic Party, squared off. needed. Besides, he said, "If health and expand its tax base. He said the county's budget could Continued from Page 1. be pared by cutting back on theme - "Let's Make the County social services spending. Clerk's Office User Friendly" While Sincebaugh agreed, he for most of the brief clerk's said most people receiving social forum. She said the office should services assistance want to work better publicize its services and and if industry could be atmake itself more inviting to the Continued from Page 1. tracted, they would gladly go to public by adding tables at which . During questioning from the press, Ferrara, who described himself work. to work and easier photocopying. as retired from the Cayuga Home, defended his comparative lack of District 19 (Auburn) - Ben law enforcement experience by saying he served with the U.S. Navy Marshall said his hard work Sorrentino, a young Republican, Shore Patrol during the Korean War and had worked with juvenile and dedicationtokeeping the post went head-to-head with eightdelinquents for about 2 years at Cayuga Home and had served as Q non-political had improved the term Democratic Legislator that home's executive director. clerk's office since his election in 'Quite simply andplainly, we did not have the luxuries of .Charles Savage. -4984. Hesaid His more ---^-. Savage said he supported a constraints. No bars, no handcuffs. We had to deal directly with 16responsive and effective to county -manager to oversee the and 17-year-old delinquent youth," Ferrara said. people's needs than it was when $42 million business of the county . He also said the role of sheriff is "an administrative function. Law he took over. on a daily basis. enforcement pretty much largely is delegated to the undersheriff and He said, too, that under his Sorrentino said it was totally -the deputies and the remainder of the staff where actual encounters guidance many records have unnecessary. He said legislators take place." been put on computer and the should keep an eye on the govSponable, when asked about his department's relations with the worst problem in the office an ernment and if they won't take press, said, "I don't have any gag order if there is an accident and overburdened motor vehicle the responsibility they "should the press wantstocall up and find out about it. I do have a gag order division has been made far get out of office." on commenting on investigations where the investigation is not better. Developing Cayuga Community complete and where the district attorney has not gone over it." College into a four-year instituThe county clerk earns $30,063 . Sponable said for things other than accidents "or something big" tion would attract more business annually and will serve a information would havetobe cleared by himself, the undersheriff or to the county, Sorrentino said. He four-year, term. Election Day is the criminal deputy on duty before release. He also said his officers decried the vain wait--for "onr next Tuesday, Nov. 1. "In charge are free to speak publicly about non-investigatory matters.


student use. The KpMing also i to copy with state regulations for handicapped students. Renovations proposed for the Elbridge Elementary school include replacement of existing windows with new energy-efficient ones throughout the building; new roof insulation over the oldest section of the building; 12 new Classrooms from the expansion of some already existing rooms, plus the addition of new unes. Cost of these renovations carry a price tag of $3.2 million. Also, a major floor replacement is proposed for the oldest part of the building. The floor has deteriorated to the point where it is deemed structurally unsafe, Phillips said. Replacement costs have been estimated at $150,000 for 5,700 square feet of repair. At Ramsdell Elementary school, work includes the replacement of about half of the windows with energy-efficient windows and new roof insulation and other codecompliance maintenance work. Cost for these renovations is $1.1 million. Plans fui me project were aeveloped by the architectural firm of Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw and Foley of Syracuse.

Group will 'tea o f f on Auburn's tax rate

By TAMARA L.ALDUS This isn't Boston, 1773. But, a trio of men a Republican, a Democrat and an Independent are having themselves a tea party. Friday evening the men calling themselves Concerned Citizens for Responsible Government will launch a "peaceful protest against Auburn's abnormally high tax rate" to demand a voice in city government and a "massive" tax cut. The plan is to marcn on City Hall and dump tea bags on its large stone steps as a symbol of their displeasure. The protest, at which representatives from each political party will be asked to speak, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the State Street Mall.' Council candidates particularly the Democrats are saying the march is connected to Council Candidate Timothy Lattimore's campaign and want nothing to do with it. Lattimore denies he is involved or that he'll even attend. "Everybody says there is a problem and nobody wants to do anything," says Guy Cosentino, a Republican and one of the organizers. The idea took root "because we're fairly tired of reading about the problems that affect the city." Those problems include not only high taxes but lack of accountability, decision-making behind closed doors and economic decline, Cosentino said. The other members of the trio are Independent Paul Cammilleri, 23, an illustrator, and Democrat Michael La Montegue, 23, a writer. Last year, Cdhsentino served as Timothy Lattimore's campaign chairman in Lattimore's unsuccessful bid for Ormonde King's City Council seat. He says he disassociated" himself from Lattimore's campaign this year because of work commitments. Cosentino manages a law office in "Syracuse. Although the issues raised by Cosentino mirror those raised by Lattimore in this year's campaign, both Cosentino and Lattimore deny the Republican Party is involved in Friday's planned march. Lattimore said, "I'm not involved financially, spirtually or anything else. I'm not even going to be there." Cosentino said, "Timmy has been involved in this in no way, any way, shape or form." Democratic representatives will probably not attend either. "I don't think they need a representative from us to go to their token meeting," said Katie Lacey, a Democratic Party official. She said that if the organizers really wanted a tea party, it should be at the high school, "where the real problems are," rather than at City Hall. She said the protest also conflicts with the annual county Democratic dinner. The Citizen initially planned to donate space for the five ads, to run through Thursday. The Citizen editorial board Publisher Jack Palmer, Managing Editor David Connelly and City Editor David Figura withdrew its support because of the citizen group's possible link to the Republicans. Advertisements planned for today were withdrawn at the last minute. Palmer said The Citizen's editorials have taken most of the same issues the group is taking. But the protest's timing four days before election day suggests the group would oust the Democratic incumbents King and Donald Poole positions The Citizen is not necessarily taking. Cosentino said the idea began over dinner about two weeks ago. "We want people to take an active role in government," Cosentino said. : Cosentino said he will be notifying the political parties Wednesday night or Thursday morning about the protest. Cider and doughnuts will be served, but apparently no tea.

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