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Erie County legislators to vote on four-year terms

The Erie County Legislature is slated to vote on a revised set of changes to the county charter, which includes four-year terms for county legislators, after County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz vetoed the last set of changes pushed through by the Republican-supported majority last month.

In light of Poloncarz’s objections over attempts to weaken his authority over the county attorney’s position, the revised local law up for Legislature approval Tuesday omits any changes to the county attorney position but moves ahead with numerous other changes, including longer legislator terms and the expansion of the Board of Ethics.

But that isn’t sitting well with everyone, including Democratic Minority Leader Thomas Loughran, one of several legislators who opposes the change from two-year terms to four-year terms. He wrote a letter to Republican Chairman John Mills Wednesday calling the latest version of the proposed law “rigged” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” He also called for a public hearing on a previously floated version of the law that would have left legislator terms unchanged at two years.

That is unlikely to happen. A public hearing was held Monday on the latest proposed law. A special Legislature meeting to vote on the law is set for Tuesday.

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