Niagara Times has learned that changes are on the horizon for certain leadership positions within the Niagara County Legislature.
Former Chairman of the Legislature, Bill Ross, appears poised to once again hold the Chairmanship. Current Administration Committee Chairman Jason Murgia will apparently become the new Majority Leader, and Keith McNall will Chair Administration.
There are several perspectives on this. Firstly, Niagara Times is obviously viewed as a credible source of information. We very much appreciate the information which has been provided to us and encourage our readers to continue to do so.
Secondly, this is not the first time that Ross and Clyde Burmaster have switched roles. There seems to be a strategy on the part of the Majority to have a Chairman that will guide them through certain phases of the two-year term. More specifically, it seems that Ross navigates the Legislature through the issues and uses his consensus building abilities to get initiatives through the Leg. Burmaster seems to have been chosen by the Majority to lead them through the election cycle. Based on the outcomes of the 2007 Leg races, Burmaster has been effective in that role.
Thirdly, one cannot ignore the party affiliations of the leadership. Ross is a Conservative, Murgia is a Democrat and McNall is a Republican. Will this bipartisanship in those roles be effective in moving the county forward?
Lastly, based on the information that we have received, other committee chairmanships will remain unchanged: Smolinski will retain Community Safety and Security, Sklarski will chair Community Services, Farnham will head Public Works and Updegrove will retain Economic Development.