County legislators this morning overrode all of County Executive Gorski's 1991 budget vetoes, thus restoring $161,192 in spending.
The restored items are "relatively minor" in the face of a $912 million budget, said Majority Leader Leonard R. Lenihan, D-Town of Tonawanda.
"These are small items that we felt were very important," Lenihan said, adding that the overrides are evidence that legislators are doing their jobs.
"I think it's healthy when the legislative and executive branches can think independently," he said.
"It would be a shame if we walked in lock-step with the Gorski administration just because we have a Democratic majority over here."
Items restored to the budget include: $6,250 seed money for completion of the Scajaquada Pathway, $33,000 for Legal Aid Civil Division, $20,000 for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's Free Trade Office, $28,000 for Children's Place Day Care Center and $20,000 for the Language Development Program.
The legislators also restored money for the Valley Community Association, West Seneca East Elementary Playground, Tonawanda Football Clinic, Friends of the Woods, Junior League Waterfront Pavilion and West Seneca Patriotic Commission.
Lawmakers also overrode Gorski's vetoes of salary increases for three full-time county jobs and the creation of a part-time position in the Senior Services Department.
Gorski said he was not surprised.
"I'll accept the will of the Legislature," he said, adding that the budget remains balanced and fiscally sound.
The mood of the override session was somber as members joined Buffalo Republican Joan K. Bozer in mourning the death of her father. Mrs. Bozer was informed during the opening moments of the session that her father, Thomas Kendrig, 92, of Buffalo, had died.
Mrs. Bozer's "yes" votes were critical to the override because Buffalo Democrat Michael A. Fitzpatrick is in Las Vegas. Amherst Republican William A. Pauly joined with Mrs. Bozer and the remaining 10 Democrats to guarantee restoration of the vetoed items.