Niagara Times has learned that Niagara County Legislator Sean O'Connor (D-Niagara Falls) submitted his letter of resignation to Legislature Chairman Clyde Burmaster on Friday. Speculation had been running rampant that O'Connor would run for the 5th District seat, then vacate the position prior to his swearing in because of the resolution the Legislature passed earlier in the year that would have required all Legislators, including O'Connor, to pay 50% of their lifetime health insurance premiums.
Legislator Kimble tried unsuccessfully to reinstate lifetime health insurance benefits, at 100% taxpayer expense, for Legislators at the last meeting.
What has fueled further speculation of O'Connor's intent is the wording of his resignation letter. Apparently he stated that he is resigning from his "current term". Some believe that with the use of the wording "current term", O'Connor may have found a legal loophole in the resolution that may allow him to come back and be sworn in in January, while retaining the full lifetime health insurance benefit.
This situation may get more interesting very soon. Either way, we wish O'Connor the best and thank him for his years of service to the community.