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FOUR NIAGARA CORONERS WIN PAY INCREASES LEGISLATURE OKS MEASURE TO PEG SALARIES TO CASELOADS

The Niagara County Legislature Tuesday approved pay increases for the four county coroners for 1990.

They are James M. Joyce, D-Niagara Falls, District 1, to $19,272 from $19,159; Alfred Flessel, R-North Tonawanda, District 2, $14,200 from $9,579,; Kenneth Lederhouse, R-Lockport, District 3, $9,926 from $6,158, and Kenneth H. Sherrie, R-Newfane, District 4, $13,113, from $9,579.

The resolution is aimed at equalizing the salaries of the coroners based on their caseloads, officials said.

Joyce, the only Democrat among the four, received the smallest raise from a Legislature that is controlled, 11-8, by Republicans.

The measure passed 17-2 with Gerald E. Meal, R-Royalton, and Frank N. Conde, D-Niagara Falls, dissenting.

In another matter, Katharine Hacker of Amherst was approved as consultant to the Office of the Aging by an 18-1 vote. It will be her responsibility to oversee the four-year plan for improvements in the office's operations.

Legislator Doris Skivington, D-Niagara Falls, opposed the appointment, saying that more of an effort should have been made to find a county resident to fill the post.

"I feel we have a lot of people qualified in Niagara County," she said. "Mr. (Legislator H. William) Feder can defend her . . . but I ask that we look again to our residency laws."

Feder countered with: "If you can find someone with a Ph.D. who can put in the time . . . I would say we should hire her."

The one-year appointment carries a $12,403 salary.

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