Closed-door meeting upsets some supervisors

NORWICH – A closed meeting of a small group of Republican supervisors held last week in the county office building raised the ire of at least two county leaders who weren’t invited, both of them also Republicans.

The meeting was convened in the morning on Thursday, May 5 to introduce Chenango County’s newly-contracted union negotiator and to discuss new labor contracts with the Law Enforcement Association and Chenango County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association. Wayne Outwater, R-Lincklaen, chairman of the county’s personnel committee, said Monday that he called the meeting, but he was not specific in a previous phone interview about that. He said it was a meeting of “mostly committee chairmen.”

City of Norwich Supervisor Linda E. Natoli brought the special meeting to the county board’s attention Monday, and complained that if all lawmakers are to vote on union contracts eventually, they should be able to know the particulars.

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