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No public money for harassment settlements, Erie County lawmakers say

The Erie County Legislature has directed the county attorney to draft a policy banning the use of public money to settle harassment claims brought against Erie County.

"I surmise this is going to be totally rejected by the county attorney," Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams said during a heated discussion on the Legislature floor Thursday.

But the Republican-supported minority had help from Amherst Democrat Thomas Loughran to bring the measure to the floor. After a minor amendment, it passed 9-2, with city Democrats Miller-Williams and Legislature Chairman Peter Savage voting against.

The Legislature also requested a report from the county attorney outlining all harassment and discrimination claims over the past five years.

Erie County legislators heat up debate on harassment, discrimination claims

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