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.