Freeman to return to Madison County

The Madison County Democratic Committee announced last week the group is working with officials from the Madison County Independence Party, Conservative Party of Madison County and the Madison County Republican Committee to host Robert Freeman, director of the Department of State's Committee on Open Government.

The talk will be held May 21 at 7 p.m. in Cazenovia at the village municipal building.

"[MCIP Chairman] Terry Karst already is on board, and I have calls into [CPMC Chairman] John Mulhall and [MCRC Chairman] Mike St. Leger," said MCDC Chairwoman Marianne Simberg.

Simberg said it only makes sense for all the party heads to work together to promote transparency in the county, especially during an election year that has all of the city of Oneida and 18 of 19 town supervisors up for election, not to mention numerous town councilors.

"This is something I think is core to each of our platforms, and there is no one more qualified to speak on the topic than Mr. Freeman," Simberg said.

The committees worked together in 2007 to host Freeman's talk in Canastota, and the MCIP brought him to Oneida last year. Both presentations drew large crowds.

It will be the third year in a row he has presented in Madison County.

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