While his heart was surely in the right place, we disagree with the tactic used by Cayuga County Legislator Ryan Foley to check out how people are being treated by security at the county office building.
In response to complaints from constituents about their experiences doing business downtown, Foley said that he decided to enter the building "incognito" with sunglasses and a backpack. He later expressed concern that the thorough search of his bag might be indicative of "selective" enforcement of protocol by security officers.
AUBURN — A Cayuga County legislator's "incognito" test of new security measures at the count…
The county recently began requesting photo ID and printing out temporary visitor passes for people seeking to venture beyond the first floor of the county building. It's a pretty common thing to do nowadays, and similar security checks are routinely used by hospitals and schools.
But Foley's decision to surreptitiously test the security at the county building strikes us as an odd move to make. We believe that a better approach would have been to discuss his concerns with the Government Operations Committee, the county's safety committee and/or the acting administration team.
If policy and procedure aren't being implemented properly — or uniformly — then changes can be made. But the way the Legislature is supposed to work is to decide as a group what the best course of action might be.
Perhaps this is the last remnants of a Legislature unsure of how to steer the boat in the absence of a full-time administrator. That should change for the better the end of the year.
When the new administrator comes on board — and the new legislators are sworn in — we hope to see communication that follows the chain of command become the norm. Legislators shouldn't be taking things upon themselves when they get a call from a constituent, but rather take the information to their legislative colleagues and the administrator. If policies or procedures need fixing, fine, legislators can work about fixing them and the administrator can make sure that their wishes — and those of their constituents — are carried out.