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Legislators appoint one of own as attorney
Son of former lawmaker named to vacated seat

The Genesee County Legislature appointed a new county attorney Wednesday and swore in a new member -- one of the few, if any, second-generation legislators -- to represent the towns of Elba, Byron and Bergen for the remainder of the year.

Charles N. Zambito, 59, the Elba Republican who has represented District 2 since 2001, was named county attorney. A practicing lawyer in Elba, he will succeed John L. Rizzo of Le Roy, who has held the post for 33 years and whose resignation is effective April 5. Zambito's appointment will run through 2011, and his annual salary will be $90,000.

The Legislature appointed Robert J. Bausch, a member of the Bergen Village Board, to succeed Zambito as a county lawmaker. Bausch, also a Republican, is a son of the late J. Albert Bausch, who represented the City of Batavia on the Legislature for several terms in the 1970s and helped establish the county's Industrial Development Agency.

Bausch will serve until a special election in November. The winner will serve the year remaining in Zambito's two-year term. Bausch, a former chairman of the Genesee Community College board of trustees, will resign from the Bergen Village Board. He works in health care administration.

The Legislature can fill a vacancy but is limited to a person of the same political party living in the same district.

The lawmakers also are looking at another vacancy. John J. Demske, administrator of the county nursing home since 2006, is leaving.

State Health Department rules require a nursing home operation to have an administrator who meets certain qualifications, so an immediate search for a skilled replacement is a priority. The initial term will run until Jan. 1, 2012, since the position must be filled by each new Legislature.

County Manager Jay A. Gsell said one possibility would be appointing someone on a temporary contract basis during the search.

In other action, legislators:

*Created a $600,000 capital project to construct eight hangars as well as paved approach aprons at the county airport. The contracts with A.D. Call & Sons of Stafford for site work and paving, and C&S Companies of Syracuse for design work, total $380,000, which was approved in separate resolutions. Federal aid pays 95 percent of the construction cost, with the county and state sharing the remainder.

*Approved a memorandum of understanding with Genesee County Water and Soil Conservation for $37,000 to provide an environmental education program at the county park in Bethany. Part of the cost -- $15,000 -- will be offset by a grant.

*Renewed for two years an agreement among the county, towns, villages, city and neighboring counties through which highway and public works departments share equipment and materials when possible.

The arrangement began four years ago.

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