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December 11, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In other county news, committee members will consider a change to the health plan of non-union county workers and retirees.

A resolution the committee saw Tuesday would cut the premium health plan by Jan. 1, 2015 for workers and retirees. It would also eliminate Medicare Part B premium reimbursement for non-union retirees who retire on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

If approved, the bill would require all non-union employees to contribute 10 percent of the monthly cost for healthcare, effective July 1, 2014. That’s with the exception of assistant district attorneys, who would start contributing Jan. 1, 2014. The director of real property tax service, the economic development commissioner and election commissioners will all begin contributing by Jan. 1, 2015.

The Medicare reimbursement would be replaced by Niagara County Medicare Advantage or a future comparable plan. Lawmakers tabled the healthcare changes, as they just received the resolution Tuesday and didn’t have time to thoroughly look through it.

Also Tuesday, the administration committee tabled a resolution for providing space for the state Workers’ Compensation Board Office.

The office’s last Niagara County location closed last month, meaning residents would have to go to Erie or Genesse counties for hearings. Traveling to Buffalo or Batavia could be a difficulty for some, said Minority Caucus Leader Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls.

The resolution would call for opening a new location, at no charge to the county, somewhere in Niagara by requesting the state Workers’ Compensation Board to keep the Lockport location open or open an additional location within the county.

That additional location could be the council chambers at Lockport City Hall, the Legislature’s chambers at the county court house or in Niagara Falls. Committee members decided to hold off until more information was provided on the amount of people who would attend, as well as some technical issues.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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