In a stunning development in the Sean O'Connor saga, Niagara Times has learned from confidential sources that O'Connor has not only received, but cashed the final check paid to Niagara County Legislators. The final check O'Connor received covered the entire last two weeks of the 2007 calender year, 10 days of which he was not in office.
O'Connor had "resigned" from his seat on the Legislature on December 21st. Three days later, he took his oath of office for the 2008-09 term. The maneuver allowed O'Connor to circumvent a prior Legislature resolution that would have required him to contribute 50% of the premiums towards his lifetime health insurance coverage.
What now becomes the burning question is this: Since O'Connor collected his entire salary, despite submitting a piece of paper that says he "resigned", is the resignation in fact valid? And if the resignation is not valid, is O'Connor's attempt to avoid contributing the premium percentage nullified?
This situation, though a black eye for O'Connor, most likely would have passed in due time. But now, with this coming to light, this matter could take a serious turn for the worse for O'Connor.
The county attorney will need to issue an opinion on this matter. If in fact wrong doing is found to have occurred on the part of O'Connor, i.e. receiving county funds that he was not entitled to, our new District Attorney may have one heck of a case on his plate to start the new year.