Public invited to vote in election this week for seat on OCO Board
Oswego County Opportunities will hold paper ballot elections for candidates who are seeking to fill seats on the agency’s Board of Directors. The elections will take place Tuesday, April 2, through Thursday, April 4, at various program locations throughout the county. All Oswego County residents, with the exception of OCO employees, are eligible to vote. There are two candidates vying for 1 open seat. Here is a profile of each candidate.
Debra Turner has served on OCO’s Board of Directors since 2010. She has a B.A. from SUNY Oswego with a major in Public Justice and a Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Tompkins Cortland Community College. During her studies, she interned with Oswego County Family Court and a local Oswego law office. Debra has also been a volunteer with the American Red Cross of CNY, Arise Inc., Vision Network of Oswego County, and the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Community Investment Committee. Debra has enjoyed being on OCO’s Board of Directors as she likes helping people and it is an excellent way to give back to the Oswego community. She hopes to continue as a board member and give of herself to Oswego County.
Teresa Lazarek is a former consumer of OCO services and has a good understanding of the community’s needs. She is a single mother of four children, three of which have special needs. She is graduating from Cayuga Community College in May 2013 and is planning on attending SUNY Oswego to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Justice. Teresa has been a volunteer for Literacy Volunteers and has volunteered at various activities at her children’s schools. Teresa’s desire to serve on the OCO Board of Directors is to be the voice of those serviced by OCO.
The 21-seat Board of Directors for OCO is made up of a combination of residents of the communities that the agency serves, appointed and/or elected officials from throughout Oswego County, and members who receive services from OCO and/or represent the low-income sectors of the community.
Voting takes place at the following OCO program locations during the dates and times listed:
• Senior Meal Site, St. Bernadette’s Church, Co. Rte. 49; April 2, 3 & 4, 10 am – 2 pm
• Backstreet Books & Bistro, 201-203 Oneida St.; April 2, 3 & 4, 9 am – 5 pm
• Fulton Senior Meal Site, Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.; April 2, 3 & 4, 10 am – 2 pm.
• Fulton WIC Site, Believers’ Chapel, 614 S. Fourth St (Rt. 481 across from McDonald’s), April 2 only - 8:30am–4:30pm.
• OCO Administrative Office, 239 Oneida St.; April 2, 3 & 4, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Senior Meal Site, Hannibal Library Community Room, 162 Oswego St.; April 3 only, 10am - 2pm.
• Senior Meal Site, Presbyterian Church, 4310 Church St.; April 3 only, 10am - 2pm.
• OCO Crisis and Development Services Office, Midtown Plaza (lower level), April 2, 3 & 4, 9 am – 5 pm.
• Oswego Health Center WIC Office, 10 George St.; April 4 only, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Senior Meal Site, Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider St.; April 3 & 4, 10am - 2pm.
• Discovery Day Care, 80 Co. Rte. 59 (just off Rt. 481), April 2, 3 & 4, 6:30 am – 6 pm.
• Phoenix Senior Meal Site, Congregational Church, 288 Bridge St.; April 3 only, 10am - 2pm.
• Senior Meal Site, United Methodist Church, Harwood Drive; April 2, 3 & 4, 10am - 2pm.