Hospital edits politician out of photo
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A recent Oswego Health newsletter is coming under fire for photoshopping a political candidate out of an event photo.
Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder was one of more than a dozen people who posed for a photo during the April ribbon cutting to mark the re-opening of the Fulton Medical Center.
In the original photo, Tresidder can be seen standing behind a spokesperson for State Senator Patty Ritchie's office.
But in the edited version that was sent out in Oswego Health's newsletter, Tresidder has been photoshopped out. This was first reported by the Watertown Daily Times and they also provided this photo.
Amy Tresidder is running against Ritchie in this year's election.
Oswego Health claims they took Tresidder out of the photo because they couldn't identify her for the caption beneath, but a spokesperson for Oswego Health does admit that the company's CEO, Ann Gilpin, made a $175 donation to Senator Ritchie in 2011.
Oswego Health did issue a statement that reads, "Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin has already apologized to Amy Tresidder by both a phone call and letter for the removal of her image from the recent health system newsletter, Inside Healthcare. Oswego Health is taking internal action to modify its policy and procedures to ensure this does not occur again."
Oswego Health has also denied the move was politically motivated.