Amy Tresidder, a Democratic Oswego County legislator who is looking to make the leap to the state Senate, needs all the exposure she can get.
But Mrs. Tresidder didn't get any help from the Oswego Health newsletter, which digitally edited her out of a ribbon-cutting photograph that was taken in April.
Representatives for Mrs. Tresidder's Nov. 6 opponent, state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, remained in the photograph. But the hospital insists that it did not Photoshop Mrs. Tresidder out of the photograph out of political favoritism, but rather because it couldn't identify her in the caption.
“We have apologized to Amy by both phone and by letter," said Marion Ciciarelli, the hospital's public relations manager.
The hospital's president and CEO, Ann C. Gilpin, donated $175 to Mrs. Ritchie in 2011. But no political malice was intended, Ms. Ciciarelli said.
Mrs. Tresidder originally appeared over the left shoulder of Sarah Compo, Mrs. Ritchie's spokeswoman. In the photograph that ran in the newsletter, Mrs. Tresidder is rather sloppily edited out. Her disembodied legs still remain in the photograph; specks of white appear on Ms. Compo's shoulder; and Mrs. Tresidder is replaced with a wall that is an unnatural color of brown. Even a technological Luddite could suss this one out.
Ms. Gilpin phoned Mrs. Tresidder after the newsletter came out over the weekend to apologize. The original photograph which includes Mrs. Tresidder ran in area newspapers and on the hospital's Facebook page.
"She was very sincere in her apology," Mrs. Tresidder said. "I have to take her at her word. We all know how it looks. It looks bad."
She said of the hospital's explanation that it couldn't recognize her: "I find it odd. The hospital is in my district. I'm not really a stranger to the Chamber (of Commerce)," which helped organize the photo-op.
The Fulton Medical Center is a local urgent-care facility that is run by Oswego Health. In April, it was celebrating the end of remodeling.
"It's a very nice facility now," Mrs. Tresidder said.