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   By Robert J. McCarthy

   Christopher J. O'Brien, a Buffalo attorney who had made reforming the Erie County Water Authority a priority during a brief tenure as a commissioner, resigned Tuesday.
   The Buffalo News today obtained a copy of O'Brien's resignation letter, in which he cites time demands on his family and law practive. O'Brien also said he believed the time was right for him to leave.
  "We have now appointed a new executive director and have set a budget for the next five years," he said, "so I believe this is the proper time for me to turn over the duties to another qualified individual."
   O'Brien's move now sets the stage for the new Republican majority in the County Legislature to flex its muscles far before O'Brien's term was set to expire.

 

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