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Niagara County Democrats seek to bar sexual harassers from county jobs

Niagara County Legislature Democrats want to ban sex offenders and anyone who has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with public funds from obtaining a county job.

They introduced a resolution Thursday in response to the hiring of Glenn S. Aronow, who approved a $90,000 state payment in 2012 to a woman he allegedly harassed while working for then-State Sen. George D. Maziarz. Aronow started a $53,000-a-year post in the Employment and Training Department Monday. He has never been charged with any crime.

"We need to protect our county workers from predators. We need to protect the public when they visit county offices, too," Legislator Anita Mullane, D-Lockport, said in a news release. "This hire was an appalling decision by the Republican majority. It needs to never happen again.”

"The resolution is most likely illegal, as New York State bans blanket laws prohibiting classes of people from seeking employment," contended Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda.

The measure is on Tuesday's Legislature agenda.

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