BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - On Thursday, the Erie County Legislature passed a new residency law requiring all newly hired county employees to live within the county. Though Legislator Joseph Lorigo notes there are exceptions:
"The people that currently work for the county but live outside Erie County are grandfathered in. It has no affect on them whatsoever. It's merely new hires to Erie County going forward," he said.
Not all legislators agreed with the residency requirement.
"I rise just to say I cannot support this local law no matter what happens today or in the future. I'm not convinced it's needed," Legislator Lynn Marinelli said.
Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant says she supports residency requirements, but adds the county attorney has told her that there are flaws in the law.
"I think it would be more prudent to leave it on the table. Do another law and have it clocked in for the next session," she argued.
But in the end, the Legislature passed the law, and now it's up to County Executive Mark Poloncarz to veto or sign it. Legislator Lorigo says when he first proposed the law, the county executive told him he would support it and sign it if it passes.
But the County Executive's Press Secretary issued a statement following the meeting:
"The next step for the residency law is a public hearing; the County Executive will make his decision following the completion of the process," Peter Anderson said.
The Legislature also addressed the controversy over records containing the personal information of taxpayers that were left out in the open at the Rath building.
Legislature Minority Leader John Mills told his fellow lawmakers that Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe has indicated that all questions regarding the matter will be addressed during a government affairs committee meeting next week. Lawmakers had been poised to pass a resolution calling for an investigation, but for now have decided to hold off pending the coming meeting.
"We feel we should be able to get most everything answered. If we don't have the cooperation that was agreed upon than we'll enforce our resolution," Mills said.
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