The fact that Niagara County does not have a County Executive leaves the county in somewhat of a conundrum. In Erie County, there is no gray area, the County Executive, Joel Giambra, is firmly in charge. For better or worse, albeit temporarily, Giambra holds the reigns of the county.
In Niagara, we have a County Manager, but we also have a Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature. From what I understand, the County Manager, Greg Lewis, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the county, while the Chairman, Clyde Burmaster, is responsible for setting policy.
Burmaster seems like a pretty amiable fellow despite his temporary lapse in judgement in booting the audience out of a legislature meeting.
Burmaster, as you may recall, replaced the very likeable Bill Ross last year in what appeared to be a move orchestrated by the GOP leadership. Prior to Ross, the Chairmen of the Legislature included Sean O'Connor, Brad Erck, Burmaster, and Gerry Meal.
Interestingly, the last time that Burmaster was Chairman, the GOP lost the majority. Although I don't think anyone believes that the Dems have strong enough horses in the races to pull off a swing of that magnitude, is having Burmaster as Chairman an omen of things to come, and if so, what would that mean to Niagara County?