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County Lawmakers Reassigned Following Briggs Ouster, Outside Attorney to Investigate Complaint

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With the recent shake-up in the leadership of the Cortland County Legislature, lawmakers have been reassigned to the committees that oversee the county departments.

Last week, the legislature voted to oust former republican chair, Susan Briggs. Briggs removal came after she was involved in a verbal dispute with fellow republican legislator Charles Sudbrink over parking issues at the County Office Building. During the argument, Briggs was accused of using profane language and berating Sudbrink.

Former Republican Majority leader Don Boyden was selected to take over as chair. With the change, Boyden’s previous committee seats must be filled.

Legislator Joseph Steinhoff will take over as Chair of the Highway Committee, which Boyden had previously chaired. Sudbrink will replace Boyden on the committee.

Briggs will replace Boyden on the Budget & Finance Committee and Legislator Luke Snyder will replace Boyden on the Buildings & Grounds Committee.

The controversy surrounding the change in leadership continues.

Briggs attorney Scott Chatfield has said she plans to file a lawsuit against the county over her removal as chair. The county has also agreed to spend up to $10 thousand dollars on outside legal counsel to investigate the matter.

The outside investigation is similar to a complaint that was filed against former Administrator Martin Murphy over alleged bullying. The results of the investigation were never released.

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