Some legislators opposed to Oneida County Medical Examiner plan

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some Oneida County Legislators have written a letter to the State Attorney General calling for a public vote on the recent decision to switch from an elected coroner position in Oneida County, to a Medical Examiner position.

In May 2012, the Oneida County Board of Legislators voted to move from an elected coroner system to an appointed medical examiner system.

Recently, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced that part of his 2013 budget included contracting out to Onondaga County's Medical Examiner Department, which would handle all autopsies for Oneida County. The move was proposed as a way for the county to save money.

Three Democratic members of the Oneida County Board of Legislators - Brian Mandryck, Chad Davis, and Frank Tallarino - are angry saying they believe the move to medical examiners will end up costing the county more money.

They also claim that they believe it to be illegal for the County Executive to make the decision on his own.

"It has to be voted on," said Minority Leader Frank Tallarino. "It has to be put on the ballot as a vote for the public in that affected jurisdiction and it wasn't."

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