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An Erie County legislator has proposed a new local law that would require all new county employees to live in Erie County.

Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo, C-West Seneca, filed the proposal Tuesday.

Current employees who live outside of Erie County’s borders would be grandfathered in and allowed to maintain their positions and residence. Lorigo estimated that about 50 employees out of the county’s 3,500-person workforce currently live outside of Erie County.

“Taxpayers who fund employee salaries deserve a workforce that has a personal interest in the success of this county,” Lorigo said.

The proposed law also would allow exceptions when a qualified applicant living within the county cannot be found. A non-county resident who is hired under the exception clause would be required to move into Erie County within six months of employment.