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Mandated pay raise for DA approved

The Genesee County Legislature, meeting Wednesday in Bergen Village Hall, approved a state-mandated 17 percent increase in the salary of District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

The first of three raises will push the DA's salary from $119,800 to $140,300 and eventually to $152,500.

Friedman has not had a raise in the more than 10 years he has been on the job. The state now requires a salary matching that of judges.

The brief session is part of the Legislature's outreach program in which towns and villages host the nine-member Legislature.

The lawmakers appointed former County Attorney John L. Rizzo of Le Roy and Mary Ann E. Waiter, a lawyer from Corfu, to the Genesee Economic Development board of directors.

In other business, the legislators:

*Renewed a five-year contract with Verizon Wireless for space on the county's telecommunications tower at a rental of $1,700 per month with small annual increases.

*Agreed to continue added police services for the Village of Bergen by sheriff's deputies at an annual cost of $13,000.

*Approved renting office space in the county's Old Engine House for the Friends of Peace Garden Foundation, which is developing a memorial park nearby, for $100 a year.

*Authorized $145,000 in equipment purchases for the county Highway Department. About half of the money will go for a dump truck with plow and spreader from Viking Cives of Oakfield.