Public speaks out for and against Oswego County Sheriff after flag controversy

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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Neighbors in Oswego County got the chance to speak out for and against Sheriff Don Hilton over the recent controversy surrounding a President Donald Trump flag.

The flag was flown aboard one of the county’s marine patrol boats during a Trump flotilla.

Hilton was noticeably absent during Thursday’s county legislature meeting. Those for and against the sheriff spoke out during the public comment period of the meeting.

One neighbor said: “The truth is, he knows his actions are wrong. A man with integrity would admit his error in judgment.”

Another neighbor, Joe Saltalamachia, said the following: “When someone’s trying to be a nice guy and does something and now he’s gonna get crucified for it? No, I don’t like that, don’t like that.”

Hilton recently said that elections are for those who felt offended by the Trump flag.

Hilton released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:


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