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Erie County Board of Ethics suspends work until vacancies are filled

The Erie County Board of Ethics unanimously voted Monday to suspend its monthly meetings until the group once again has five voting members. The board has been working with one vacancy since September and may have two by January.

Chairman Steven Schwartz's term is slated to expire at the end of the month, though he has expressed a willingness to continue.

"The work of the Ethics Board has increased in quantity, frequency and complexity of requests and issues," said Schwartz at Monday's regular meeting. "It has also been increasingly difficult to complete the work expected by the the citizens of Erie County without a full complement of board members."

All board appointments are made by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, though the board may not have more than three members enrolled in one political party.

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