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KIMBLE IS TERMINATED AS NANULA ASSISTANT

Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble has been fired as a special assistant to State Sen. Anthony R. Nanula in what could be the fallout of a feud with a fellow legislator.

Ms. Kimble, a Niagara Falls Democrat, received word that her services were terminated "immediately" on Tuesday, the day after she voted to deny Dennis F. Virtuoso a county voucher to make a trip to Washington with Nanula.

Asked if she thought there was a connection, Ms. Kimble said, "All I can tell you is that I voted against Mr. Virtuoso on Monday and I was terminated on Tuesday."

She said Nanula blamed lack of appropriations for the job as a result of Republican cutbacks for the dismissal.

But it was Monday evening when Virtuoso went to the Legislature's Finance Committee meeting and asked for approval to have the county pay for his planned trip to Washington to meet with federal officials. The meeting was billed as an administration overview on the effect of proposed Republican cuts.

The two Republicans on the six-person committee voted against the request as did Ms. Kimble and fellow Democrat David May. Ms. Kimble said the trip obviously was politically motivated and even though it was a Democrat meeting, she couldn't approve it.

Virtuoso said Thursday night that it was "preposterous" to link Ms. Kimble's dismissal from Nanula's staff with her vote against Virtuoso's travel reimbursement. He said her dismissal was "part of the cutbacks coming from Albany. It had nothing to do with me and nothing to do with politics. To say otherwise would be absurd."

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