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Reducing number of legislators, meetings, and eliminating health insurance proposed to cut county costs

By HILARY LANE

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - After listening to the public's requests and comments, the Oneida County Board of Legislators chairman Gerald Fiorini and members of the Republican caucus say they have come up with a set of reforms that will reduce county government spending and increase efficiency.

Fiorini says the legislature will vote on a local law eliminating health insurance for legislators on Wednesday, which he says would save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also on the table is a measure to decrease the number of legislature meetings from 24 to 14 per year. Fiorini says this would help cut over-time and building operation costs.

Lastly, Chairman Gerald Fiorini is introducing a proposal to cut six legislator positions for the next election cycle.

"I think it is going to streamline the board, make it more efficient," says Fiorini. "It is obviously going to be more work for the legislators but it will involve a better community."

All of these proposed measures need to be voted on and approved by the Board of Legislators first and then the public will get to voice their opinions through a public referendum this coming November.

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