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LOCKPORT – New chairmen for the Niagara County Legislature’s five standing committees were announced this week.

Lockport Legislators W. Keith McNall and Anthony J. Nemi will be trading places, with Republican McNall now chairing the Community Services Committee and Nemi, an Independence Party member, taking over McNall’s former Administration Committee chairmanship.

Paul B. Wojtaszek, R-North Tonawanda, moves from the Community Safety and Security Committee to take the gavel at the Public Works Committee. David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, is the new Community Safety chairman. Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, had to give up Public Works because of a new rule barring Legislature leaders from chairing committees.

The same rule forced Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport, to give up the chairmanship of the Economic Development Committee, where he will be succeeded by Kathryn L. Lance, R-Wheatfield.