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A controversial plan by one Democratic legislator to create a $50,000-a-year county job for a friend and political ally died a quiet death in a legislative committee Tuesday.

The proposal by Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli to use some of her $120,000 in 2000 member-item money to hire David B. Pfaff had support from some of Marinelli's fellow Democrats but was opposed by others.

Many opponents resented the fact Marinelli was one of two Democrats who didn't support Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, when he declared himself a candidate for a third term as chairman of the Legislature last fall.

"It's over with," said Marinelli, who requested that the proposal be killed in the Legislature's personnel committee. "It wasn't going anywhere. There wasn't enough support for it, but at least it started some discussions around here."

Of the Legislature's 17 members, only Marinelli and Gregory B. Olma, D-Buffalo, didn't sign Swanick's petition for chairman of the body when it was initially circulated in November. The Legislature's remaining eight Democrats, along with all seven Republicans, signed on for Swanick.

But by the time the petition was registered with the legislative clerk's office in early January, the signatures of both Marinelli and Olma were on it.

That wasn't enough, however, to shift Democratic support for Marinelli's plan to hire Pfaff -- who she says was fired from his position at the Erie County Board of Elections in December in an unfair political move.

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