To the editor,

As much as I agree that our rural transportation in Oswego County was in dire need of being revamped, I have to disagree with any misleading claims that Assemblyman Will Barclay has not been active and engaged on rural transportation issues.

As the chairman of the Oswego County Transportation Advisory Committee, I have been in regular contact with his office and have direct discussions with Assemblyman Barclay on these issues. At his request, he has received ongoing updates on our committee’s progress.

I did attend the meeting in Pulaski where PALS discussed how the lack of public transportation was affecting their community and I explained to them how the county was actively reviewing all options while working with Oswego County Opportunities to help increase routes. In January, the County Legislature approved hiring a mobility manager to coordinate all the separate entities that deal with transportation as well as expanding the idea of Volunteer Transportation.

This organized effort will result in residents having greater access to work, food, school, medical and recreation regardless of where they live in Oswego County.

Although COVID has impacted the rate our progress, Assemblyman Barclay, the Oswego County Legislature and the Transportation Advisory Committee are very confident that we are well on the road to our goal of access to transportation for everyone.

Keep an eye out for more information regarding the changes and opportunities for our local transportation system.

Mary Ellen Chesbro

Oswego County Legislator

Pennellville

(3) comments

marmar13

Once again, it appears that Assemblyman Barclay communicates well with other elected officials. This is the first for most of us in the community to hear that he is aware and informed of the issue and struggle to provide transportation outside the Cities of Fulton qnd Oswego. Isn't is sad we have to find out through a local newspaper. That was the point to my letter. We, locals involved, never heard back from him or his office who I might add employs two elected officials, Mayor Barlow and Terry Wilbur. Glad to hear that the County Legislator has had conversations with the Assemblyman but what about elected officials working and communicating with the residents at times. The local issues are important and I expected some sort of direct reasponse after asking three different tiimes. After not hearing anything till now again I will not be giving my vote to Assemblyman Barclay but to Gail Tosh.

ariel

OCO's model of 20-passenger buses doesn't fit the clientele's needs. They should switch to electric cars, spaced evenly throughout the county, with rides available by calling a driver or scheduling a lift online, a la Uber, Lyft. OCO's diesel fuel gobbling behemoths, with 1 central garage is inefficient. Tosh, of course.

LAW

"In January, the County Legislature approved hiring a mobility manager to coordinate all the separate entities that deal with transportation as well as expanding the idea of Volunteer Transportation." It's mid-October, Madam Legislator Chesbro. Other than issuing press releases, what has been done in the LAST NINE MONTHS to achieve REAL PROGRESS getting rural Oswego County residents affordable transportation to shopping, employment, education, and health care - both routine and critical, including hospitalization? What has been done to help rural residents, elderly, widows and widowers to get to religious services on days of worship?

"Recreation"? In the real world, rural 'recreation', is getting a few hours of sleep.

You need to get out more.

"This organized effort will result in residents having greater access to work, food, school, medical and recreation regardless of where they live in Oswego County." WHEN will that happen, Madam Chesbro? What do YOU mean by "organized effort"? Organized by whom? Organized to achieve what?

"Although COVID has impacted the rate our progress, Assemblyman Barclay, the Oswego County Legislature and the Transportation Advisory Committee are very confident that we are well on the road to our goal of access to transportation for everyone." That's good news, if completely self-serving.

Tell us, Madam Chesbro: EXACTLY how many rural Oswego County persons have benefited from Republican-sponsored - and Republican-supported funding for - rural transportation improvements since January 2020? Is it more than NONE? Where can a rural person go to get this wonderful transportation? Where are schedules published? How much is the fare? Where are the route maps?

BTW: Did the "mobility manager" ever get hired? When? Who? What salary? Contact info?

Talk is cheap.

People who work for a living, Ms. Chesbro , women, men, children - are not fools. They vote.

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