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Carney expected to take deputy treasurer's post

Niagara County Legislature Clerk Michael P. Carney is expected to become deputy county treasurer, while James M. Sobczyk, county Conservative Party chairman, will move into Carney's current post.

Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, said Friday the moves will occur March 6.

Majority Leader Malcolm A. Needler, R-North Tonawanda, said it looks like a done deal. "I'm under the impression [County Treasurer David S.] Broderick wants to hire Mike Carney. Jim Sobczyk has been the name that has come up [for Legislature clerk], but in this business you never know until the votes are counted."

The current salaries are $52,070 for deputy treasurer and $44,699 for Legislature clerk.

"I'm always looking for ways to better myself," Carney said, acknowledging only that he submitted a resume for the deputy treasurer post and talked to Broderick about it.

Broderick said County Manager Gregory D. Lewis agreed last week to let him fill the post being vacated next Friday by Michael E. White. White accepted an appointment by Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker to be city treasurer.

White had been Broderick's deputy for six years. The position is exempt from civil service rules and legislative confirmation and its occupant serves at the pleasure of the treasurer. Broderick said he expects to announce his new deputy this week.

However, the Legislature will have to vote on Carney's replacement. Ross said he expects that vote March 7, but Sobczyk said he will be visiting the Legislature office this week to begin learning his duties.

Ross said the county Code of Ethics bars county officials from serving as officers of political parties, so Sobczyk will have to resign as Conservative chairman.

Sobczyk said Karl B. Hoefer of the Town of Lockport, the current vice chairman, will succeed him as Conservative leader.

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