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October 6, 2014

Oswego County Legislator Receives Honors at Annual Conference

OSWEGO COUNTY - Oswego County Legislator James Karasek, District 22, Granby and Fulton, was honored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) upon his graduation from the NYSAC Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 23, during the 2014 NYSAC Fall Seminar in Buffalo.

"The Pelletier Institute's vigorous curriculum prepares county leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the intense demands of local government leadership today," said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

Mark Alger, president of NYSAC agrees. "Pelletier Institute graduates are equipped with the skills and tools necessary to embrace the challenges and opportunities of local government leadership and are able to more effectively serve the public."

Karasek is in his 20th year as chairman of the Granby Town Planning Board and his fifth year as a county legislator. He works full-time as the manager of advocacy at an independent living center with ARISE Oswego County. James has been married to his wife Patricia for 32 years and has two children and two grandchildren.

"The Pelletier Institute gave me the incentive to ask more questions, take more notes, and engage in more conversation," said Karasek. "This, in turn, allowed me to expand my knowledge and makes me a better public servant."

The NYSAC Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute is an educational program established by NYSAC in conjunction with Cornell University. The Institute provides an educational program for county elected and appointed officials, to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of county officials. It allows public officials to engage in informed, constructive and civil discussions on the current challenges they face as public servants.

The comprehensive curriculum includes extensive course work on government ethics, building consensus in a political environment, principles of county budget and finance, and public sector labor/management relations. The courses are supplemented with electives, training sessions, and continuing education courses designed to support county leaders in serving their constituents to the absolute best of their ability.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association which serves the counties of New York State including the City of New York. The association organized in 1925 and its mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

For more information, visit NYSAC online at www.nysac.org.

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