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BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday approved an unusual request: a 25 percent pay cut from a county department head.

William R. Joyce, the new Veterans Service Officer, wanted to reduce his annual salary from $40,000 to $30,000 because the larger salary adversely affected his pensions from the state police and U.S. Army.

Joyce, a veteran of two conflicts, retired as a sergeant major. He was also a civilian worker with the state police. His salary will be reviewed later this year to see if an adjustment is needed.

In another veteran matter, the legislators approved leasing space at one dollar a year to the Genesee Network Support Group. The private organization helps veterans who are having problems with the Veterans Administration. The office is opposite Joyce’s office in County Building No. 2. The director, Dee Quinn Miller, had been working from her home.

The legislators also approved a month-to-month sub-lease for a one-stop center to be used by the Genesee County Job Development Center and its partner agencies in Eastown Plaza for $555 per month,