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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Employees Association still has no 1993 contract.

After a 90-minute public hearing this week the County Legislature referred to the Finance Committee a resolution that would have imposed a pact with no pay increase for last year.

A key issue in the dispute is language that would allow the county to back out of a pledge to seek state approval allowing deputies to take part in the state's police and fire retirement system. Some lawmakers claimed the county could open itself up to a lawsuit by diminishing previous contract language.

Legislator Bruce Kidder, R-Busti, Finance Committee chairman, said that is only one issue his committee will address next week.

Legislator Michael Bobseine, D-Fredonia, said he favored voting down the resolution, then drawing up a new one. The measure will be considered at a joint meeting of the Finance and Personnel and Governmental Affairs committees next Thursday.

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